by LYDIA COBB

Love in Action

Seacoast Community Church is Committed to Spreading Love – Locally and Abroa

In the heart of Encinitas is the soul of an outreach-oriented congregation. Founded in 1988, Seacoast Community Church is all about love. “Love God with passion. Love one another like family,” shared Lead Pastor Dale Burke, “Then go and love our city and the world.” The church exists to share the life and love of Jesus in Encinitas and beyond through its major initiatives: Love Encinitas and Love Africa.

mp_seacoast5Love Encinitas connects the church with community service. Dale elaborated, “We needed to go to the city, to the schools, and ask them, ‘how can we serve you?’” Beyond Our Walls is a church fund dedicated to the needs outside the church, with plans to double our initiatives to love Encinitas this year. Seacoast leaders met with Encinitas city council members and school administrators. What resulted are partnerships with Sunset High and Ocean Knoll Elementary. Church teams host student BBQs and awards programs at the high school “just to say we’re proud of you and we’re here for you,” added Dale. When they learned that Ocean Knoll needed some basic upkeep, the church recruited volunteers, joined by Sunset High students, to beautify the campus during Ocean Knoll Serve Day. A young church volunteer organized gourmet lunches for the Encinitas Sheriff’s Department to show love and appreciation. The following week, the congregation organized 300 compassion bags for homeless people in North County. The church is also a host site for recovery group meetings, and for parenting support and life support groups for all ages. “Seacoast’s greatest strength is the congregation, its hundreds of volunteers, and young, creative, multi-talented staff team,” added Dale.

“We needed to go to the city, to the schools, and ask them, ‘how can we serve you?’”

Left to right: Local Outreach Pastor at Seacoast Jonathan Searle, Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, Sunset High School Principal Rick Ayala.

Left to right: Local Outreach Pastor at Seacoast Jonathan Searle, Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar, Sunset High School Principal Rick Ayala.

Pastor Dale Burke joined Seacoast four years ago after serving 15 years at a large church in Fullerton. Dale is adjunct faculty at his alma mater, Dallas Theological Seminary. One of his books, How to Lead and Still Have a Life is translated into several languages as part of their Love Africa initiative in pastoral leadership training.

The church’s work is captured in three steps. “Encounter God in worship,” stated Dale. “Connect to serve and grow in smaller groups, then go and love our world for Christ.” He calls it putting the love of God on display – here and overseas.


mp_seacoast-logoAt-A-Glance

Established: 1988
Lead Pastor: Dale Burke
Address: 1050 Regal Rd., Encinitas, CA 92024
Website: www.seacoast-church.org
Email: matt@seacoast-church.org or dale@seacoast-church.org
Phone: 760-753-3003
Mission: Seacoast Community Church is a local congregation that exists to “Bring Life to People and Glory to God” by making followers of Jesus Christ who “Go,” demonstrating the love of Jesus to our city and beyond.