I only attended two different churches when I was growing up, but there was a clear difference between the two. The first one that I went to put a lot of value on the Sunday service, but other than that, they didn’t really do much. There was little to no community involvement, they didn’t run programs for children of different ages, and they didn’t look to expand the church at all. The second church that I went to was exactly they opposite. They really looked to get the community involved, to get more people to church each and every Sunday, to run programs designed to engage children and young adults, and more. They used more music in their service, the service was livelier, and you could tell people were really into it.
It is important for a Christian church, especially in today’s world, to be dedicated to engaging people at every possible turn. Calvary Church of Pacific Palisades is one such church. You can tell just by browsing through their website. When you get to their website, you are suddenly bombarded with all sorts of information. They have videos and pictures all over their site and clear indications of what information is where. They have a long list of different ministries within their church, all dedicated to engaging people of a certain demographic. They have children’s, student’s, men, women and other ministries. They also have a page dedicated to community involvement, with classes and groups meeting all the time.
Another aspect of their website that can show you that they are really engaged at getting more people to come to their church is that they have all of their sermons recorded so you can watch them online. It would take an incredible amount of time and dedication to maintain a site like this, which means that they are incredibly dedicated to their cause. You can just feel the fact that these are people that love what they are doing, love the message of Christianity, and want to share it with as many people as they possibly can. They have links to directions, their social media sites, and even how you can give to their church all online. They are clearly constantly looking to expand their reach and fulfill what they define on their mission page as the true faith.
They also have a running list of blog entries that you can read through. Many of them are entries on what will be covered on the upcoming Sunday’s or what was covered on the prior Sunday. Their whole goal of the website is to let you know what it is that they do, how they do it, and how you can do it with them. They want to engage you so that you can understand the parts of the Bible that they are currently going through, what it means to them and the members of their church, and what they are doing to act on it. It is really incredible that a Santa Monica church could be so dedicated to their cause.