Special to the Good News
Choosing a 20-foot movie screen and comfy chairs with cup holders over the traditional pew and pulpit, Coastal Community Church launched its church services in the Muvico Broward 18 Theater on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.
Holding a church service in a movie theater may seem odd, but Coastal is actually the latest in a nationwide trend of progressive churches that meet in movie theaters in an effort to be more accessible to the community.
“Everyone goes to movie theaters,” says TJ McCormick, Coastal’s pastor. “It’s a comfortable, non-threatening environment for people who are curious about church but would not feel comfortable enough to set foot in a traditional building. Instead of bringing the people to a church, we’re bringing church to the people. We want to make it hard for people to go to Hell by making it easy for them to go to church.” McCormick says that several area locations were considered, but that the Muvico Broward 18 Theater offered the best atmosphere for the kind of church he envisioned. “Not only do we have the most comfortable church seats around, but they have cup holders, too!” he says.
At Coastal, the hope is that you will be encouraged by their passionate, full-band worship team and that the relevant, creative message will challenge and empower you. Coastal is very modern, casual, upbeat and fun, but most importantly, is a Christ-centered church. Coastal revolves around a central theme of “Loving God, Loving People, and Showing It.”
The church is currently going through a series on making this year “Anything, But Ordinary,” a topic of interest to people who want their life to be different this year.
Coastal Community Church meets Sundays at 10:15 a.m. at the Muvico Broward 18 Theater, located at the intersection of North Federal Highway and Copans Road (2315 North Federal Highway) in Pompano Beach.
Additional information can be found at coastalcommunity.tv.