North Coast Church in Vista, California
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North Coast Church is located in an industrial park about an hour north
of San Diego. It's affiliated with The Evangelical Free Churches of
America. North Coast's senior pastor is Dr. Larry Osborne.
This is the first church building you see from the street. It houses
the main sanctuary (the "North Coast Live" video venue from which the live
sermon originates.) The church sign is seen in blue, just above the
shuttle bus. Shuttles transport visitors from off site parking lots.
Commercial businesses, such as Creative Printing, share the buildings
along with the church.
Behind the main building there is a pedestrian plaza of sorts. The
various video venue locations line the industrial park alleyway. Information
tents and coffee carts are found along the walkway. They lend warmth
to the setting. Music can be heard coming from each venue as you walk
by. The effect is somewhat suggestive of City Walk at Universal Studios
Video venue locations are simply storefronts within the industrial park
buildings. Our guide explained that the venues came about when the church
outgrew its sanctuary. North Coast didn't want to simply have an overflow
room with a large TV screen. In an effort to be different, it first
added the "Video Cafe". I guess necessity really is the mother
North Coast describes the Video Cafe this way: "A casual coffeehouse
atmosphere. Starbucks coffee, pastries and a more acoustic style of
worship with today's teaching via big-screen video."
Each video venue has distinct decor, seating and live music. Note
the plastic patio chairs, bongos and acoustic guitars in the picture above.
If you look closely in the lower right corner you will see a short coffee
table covered in a maroon tablecloth. Coffee and pastries can be consumed
during the service.
Once the musicians finish worship, the sermon is seen on the video large
screen. The pastor is located a couple of hundred feet away in the "North
Coast Live" venue, which is the church's main sanctuary
The refreshment table inside the Video Cafe.
Our guide reported that the church was suprised when it opened its first
"themed overflow room." More people were interested in attending the
video venue than regular worship in the sanctuary!
A separate industrial park building houses The Edge video venue.
Note The Edge's steel entranceway sign (seen above between the two palm
I apologize for the poor quality of this picture. The low light
levels inside The Edge made it tough for my camera to work properly. You
can make out The Edge's folding steel chairs, black walls, exposed black ceiling,
concrete floor and large video projection screen. A rock band and colorful
lights are found at the front. It would be easy to mistake this space
for a nightclub.
North Coast describes The Edge this way: "A slightly more cutting edge
atmosphere with full band worship. Starbucks coffee, Mountain Dew, big
subwoofers and today's teaching via big-screen video."
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