Eastside Christian Church

    Anaheim, CA
    FAST FACTS
    Senior Pastor Gene Appel
    Website Eastside.com
    Founded 1962
    Affiliation Christian - Independent Christian Churches
    Locations 4
    Attendance 8,665
    LISTS (Since 2015)
    Fastest Growing 2018 (11)2017 (2)
    Largest 2018 (49)2017 (66)

    “I love seeing the power of the gospel to change the lives of people from all walks of life, ethnicities, circumstances and backgrounds—who in turn become change-makers that God uses to transform more lives. It never gets old,” says Senior Pastor Gene Appel. “Eastside recently marked 55 years of pursuing God, building community and unleashing compassion—yet there is so much vision for the future that there’s a pervasive sense that we are just getting started.

    “How are we growing? That is such a pervasive question that I’d rather answer in sound bites to cover more ground: simple focus on pursuing God through weekend services; building community through small groups and serving; unleashing compassion next door, in our communities and globally; a courageous elder board; a high-caliber executive team; an empowered and gifted staff; spiritual surrender; compelling vision; multiplication mindset; preaching that calls to action; clarity of roles; authentic worship; no ministry silos.”

    How Growing Churches Strive to Make Connections

    By Scott McConnell

    These churches are changing the way they connect with new people.

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    Gene Appel: The Freedom of Focus—Part 1

    By Paul J. Pastor

    “I felt an overwhelming pull—if I'd entrust my life to God, he'd use me to help people get ready for their last day on this planet.”

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    Gene Appel: Leading Through Change—Part 2

    By Paul J. Pastor

    “When you simplify and clarify your focus, you can bring the entire power of the church to bear on each thing you do.”

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    "The Pastor Stood on a Diving Board"—Lessons From a Mystery Visitor

    By Mystery Visitor

    An unchurched person reports on an unannounced visit to a local church. Could it be yours?

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    Eastside Christian Church: No. 2 Fastest-Growing Church, 2017

    By Outreach Magazine

    "There is so much vision for the future that there’s a pervasive sense that we are just getting started."

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