|Senior Pastor||Gene Appel|
|Affiliation||Christian - Independent Christian Churches|
|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.”