Whether you come as an inquiring guest, as an old friend, or as a regular member of our church family, we are so glad that you’ve chosen to connect with Life Christian Center online. Welcome! We trust we’ll be able to help you discover more about God, the Bible, or the distinctiveness of Life Christian Center - a church for those who are about knowing God more.
MEET THE PASTOR
THE BIG STORY
WHAT TO EXPECT
Bible Teaching & Apologetics
Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings we enjoy practical life-application teaching series, verse-by-verse Bible studies, and the examination of foundational Christian doctrines. In addition to this teaching in our church services, we also offer a series of classes for those desiring to make the next steps of faith in learning about God and the Bible. The ministry of teaching is foundational to our church, including in our small groups and individual Life Studies (see below for both). We place an emphasis on teaching basic apologetics - or the reasons why we believe what we do. Our apologetics teaching has emphasized a search for answers to questions about subjects like: God’s existence, Christianity and other beliefs, Christ’s resurrection, science and faith issues, why we believe the Bible, hard questions about life or the Bible, the existence of moral truth, Christ and the culture, sexuality issues, etc.
Drawing from a combination of modern musical styles and the Old Testament Jewish expressions of exuberant worship, we celebrate God in a manner that engages mind, soul, and body - from silent meditation and kneeling to clapping, raising of hands, and joyful praise. As the Church has done since it’s birth on the Day of Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago, we focus our worship on the one true God who revealed Himself to us in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Holy Spirit Empowerment & Life Change
God draws us into a real, radical relationship that produces real life change - away from blatant sin and toward God who gives new spiritual life. We seek God and believe for His powerful works and gifts in us and through us, including belief in divine healing, miracles, prophetic words, and the empowering baptism of the Holy Spirit. We submit our belief in and use of any spiritual gifts to the authority of the Bible, properly interpreted.
We follow the chief Bible example of the church structured in united intergenerational worship and discipleship, not separating the church by different ages or marital status. We are one in God - and in a day in which families are already too divided, we have elected not to add to that division during primary church services. The goal is for everyone at each age and life-stage to be a dynamic part of the church, connecting with one another in a meaningful manner. This does not mean we will not accommodate situations that call for more age-appropriate options. Likewise, organic social networking and formal small groups may at times be distinguished by gender or stage of life (example: single v. married, etc.). Our desire is to stay faithful to Scripture while maximizing the two main God-given influences in the lives of the young - the family and the church. We remain adaptable and committed to making any Biblically-aligned improvements for better disciple-making across all ages.
We encourage everyone in our assembly to connect in a small group ministry setting. This New Testament practice promotes spiritual growth and blesses relationships as we share meals, practical Bible discussions, conversation about life’s experiences together. The ministry of Life Groups helps propel us from simply ‘attending and observing’ on a Sunday to ‘participating and applying’ Christian life principles in an encouraging and enjoyable setting.
Practical lessons that introduce people to the Bible and how personally and powerfully it applies to us today. From kitchen tables to coffee houses to classrooms, Life Studies are designed for those who are still checking out God and His church. Begun right here in our “Life Christian Center laboratory”, Life Studies have evolved and are literally impacting people across the country and in other parts of the globe.
WHERE TO FIND US
1327 East Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93905
1522 Constitution Blvd., #197, Salinas, CA 93905
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you consider to be appropriate and comfortable for a church gathering. Our goal is to promote a worship environment pleasing to God and respectful to all. As a point of reference, the pastor usually preaches in jeans with a jacket or sweater. Some come and view our church as very laid-back casual while others come and view us as very dressed up. We are cool with casual or dressed up or in between. You may notice our church members endeavor to dress modestly to avoid distracting our guests from the purpose of Church - knowing and connecting with God. All our guests, however, are encouraged to join us regardless of their wardrobe.
Where do I park?
Those in our guest services ministry will be present in the lot available to direct and assist you with all guest parking questions. There are parking spaces available in the main parking lot accessible off Alisal Street. There are also parking spaces along both sides of the church facility which are most easily accessible from our Williams Road entrances in back. There are also parking spaces available in our small parking lot which backs up to our Williams Road entrance. Overflow parking is available across Alisal Street in the city lot at the firehouse recreation center as well as street parking on Alisal Street and Williams Road.
Your church meets in east Salinas – is it safe to attend, including at night?
Our church has always proven safe to attend – night or day. Many times we have had events late into the evening and have never had anything dangerous occur. We pray and trust God will continue to keep it this way, though it seems like crime can happen anywhere in our city and any time. If it is of any comfort, we have local police and armed security represented in our church family.
Do you have something for those who prefer Spanish-language ministry?
Life Christian Center is an English-language ministry, although a large percentage of our congregation speaks Spanish fluently and headset translation of the preaching/teaching is available upon request.
Do I have to participate in church, or can I just hang out and observe things?
Nobody will make you do anything. Hang out and observe all you’d like. You are always welcome to pray and worship God too.
Do I have to provide my contact information when I come?
No. We will ask new guests to simply complete a Connect Card in order to better serve you and keep you posted of coming church happenings, but it is ultimately up to each guest. Please know that completing a Connect Card will not result in a visit from us to your home (unless you have specifically requested a pre-arranged Life Study to be taught at your home).
Is this church “wild and loud” or “formal and quiet”?
We probably fall closer to the celebration (or “louder”) end of the worship spectrum, but at certain times we worship and pray more reverently and quietly (e.g., while taking Communion or when the flow of service demands it). Though we like to express exuberant worship, singing, clapping, etc., we always believe that everything in church should be done decently and in order.
What kind of music should I expect to hear?
Mostly contemporary worship songs with a mix of fast and slow. Once in a while, we may sing something “old school”, especially around Christmastime with a few traditional hymns. You’ll hear singers, guitars, drums, and keyboards skillfully played by regular people (worshipers, not performers) in an effort to glorify God and bless others.
What if I don’t understand the “Church jargon”, or I have a question about what is preached?
Everything we say and sing should be in clear English (sometimes bluntly!), but a few “Christianese” words may slip out on occasion. It’s possible that an unclear Bible term may be used that leaves you wondering. If so, your feedback is very important to us - please let a member of our guest services team or the pastor know so we can explain and/or fix that.
Will I be put on the spot, asked to stand up in front of everyone or say something?
No. We do not publicly announce or try to draw attention to our guests. We will be friendly to you though, and ask how we may serve any spiritual needs or questions you may have.
Can I request prayer for personal situations?
The back of each Connect Card has a place for prayer requests to be submitted. We often pray for people’s needs. Nobody is forced to pray, so you can pray alone or with others if you choose. As in the Bible, you may pray aloud or silently. Also found in the Bible is prayer offered for one another through the ministry of laying hands in prayer. Though our membership often likes the reassurance of physical touch in prayer for their needs, we respect that most guests would prefer to keep a buffer of personal space! Finally, you may see us “anoint with oil” and pray for the sick as is instructed in the Bible. This too is available upon request.
What programs does your church have for children and youth?
Because of the Biblical emphasis on the family as the main thing (along with the Church) that God established to pass faith on from generation to generation, we primarily use an multi-generational ministry model. This means that we do not normally segregate children and youth away from their families during times of worship and experiencing God’s Spirit and word. It also means that we try to encourage and equip parents to take the lead in the spiritual development of their children while the church assists that holy work. Our kid ministry team was created by the pastor to assist him with the Bible teaching portion of the service so that from an early age, children are not only accustomed to being part of the whole church but also to develop the expectation that they come to church to minister to others rather than as consumers to be entertained. Likewise, teenagers and young adults of faith are regularly plugged in to real ministry roles as soon as practically possible. These young people are a truly meaningful part of our the life of our church family. Furthermore, we will have times in which special classroom instruction or small groups are promoted that are definitely more youth-oriented. One of our major youth-oriented focal points has been an intentional emphasis on the why, what, and how of moral and sexual purity for Christians.
Do you have a Sunday school department?
Not at present. We have in the past, but as we study the Bible and its overall effectiveness (locally and nationally), it actually appears to have been largely ineffective in terms of long-term discipleship (as well as unbiblical). “The numbers [compiled by Britt Beemer of America’s Research Group] showed that attending Sunday school did not help these young people develop a Christian worldview. One would think that those who regularly attended Sunday school would have deeper religious convictions than those who did not. However, the survey found the opposite... one thing is certain: Sunday school is not solving the problem.” - Dr. Randy Douglass, Charleston Southern University Practically-speaking in today’s culture, many guests are simply distracted from enjoying a new church due to being uncomfortable after leaving kids in a strange Sunday school setting. Concerns about knowing who’s watching their kids, what the kids are learning, how bathroom and snack breaks are handled, and similar issues can turn a worship time into a worry time for some parents. Likewise, if the visiting children experience unnecessary anxiety by being separated from family while in a new environment, we’d rather avoid that by letting them have the reassuring security of knowing they are always in the presence of their families.
Where do I take my kids if I need to remove them from service for some reason?
We have a toddler playroom and a nursery. The toddler playroom is located off the main lobby in which parents can take small children if needed. The nursery is found in the back of the sanctuary (on the side closest to the parking lot). The nursery is where women only may take babies and those in need of diaper service. We have experienced moms and other young ladies who are willing to assist with childcare if requested, but we do not keep a nursery staff on hand for each service as experience has taught us that most moms prefer to sit with their own babies rather than pass them off to someone else. Both the nursery and toddler playroom are equipped with speakers so you may listen to the service in the main sanctuary.
What is meant by the term Pentecostal? Is that different than Catholic or Baptist or Presbyterian?
Pentecostal comes from the word “Pentecost” which is an Old Testament Jewish holiday. The birth of the Church happened on the Day of Pentecost after Christ’s resurrection (recorded in the New Testament - Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2). This event involved the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the believers, accompanied by the miracle of their speaking with tongues (unlearned languages) as empowered by God. Even Mary, the mother of Jesus was recorded in the Bible as part of the first group that experienced this speaking in tongues. The Apostles were all recorded speaking in tongues. St. Paul even told a church that he was glad that he spoke in tongues more they all did! The term “Pentecostal” simply refers to those who allow for this supernatural gift of the Holy Spirit, which we do. There are Catholics, Baptists, Presbyterians, non-denominational believers, and many others in the larger church world who allow for the supernatural demonstration of the Holy Spirit, including speaking in tongues. We believe in and allow for various gifts of the Holy Spirit detailed in the Bible (including divine healing, miracles, prophecies, etc.). Feel free to ask for more details or resources about Pentecostal Christianity in general, its distinctiveness, and its global influence as it has been spreading massively throughout Latin America , and parts of Africa and Asia. Current statistics estimate the number at approximately 500 million believers claiming to be Pentecostal Christians.