Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Eastlake Church

Mike Meeks: “The problem is we make everyone jump a wall or cross hurdles that keep them from God.”
Mike Meeks: “The problem is we make everyone jump a wall or cross hurdles that keep them from God.”

Contact: Chula Vista Campus, 2355 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista; South Coast Campus, 2050 Coronado Avenue, San Diego; 619-370-5005; eastlakechurch.com

Denomination: Independent Christian

Membership: 5500

Pastor: Mike Meeks

Age: 55

Born: Coos Bay, Ore.

Formation: Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena

Years Ordained: 22

San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermon?

Pastor Mike Meeks: To put together a weekend is probably, all told — because I’m always working on more than one — somewhere between 15 to 20 hours. We operate with a series throughout the year for different seasons and times of the year. So for 2011 I have the whole calendar set for what we’re talking about. We’ll open with the first series of the year, “The Me I Want to Be,” which will run for about four or five weeks. With “The Me I Want to Be,” everybody has hopes and dreams of what they want their life to look like but the list of those things often is dependent on the person that I’m becoming. When we focus on that, then other things tend to fall into place.

SDR: Can you think of a time when you gave a sermon that completely flopped?

PM: I would contend that’s every week. We do four services every weekend, you know...one of them is going to suck. But, seriously — not really. We work hard at it, and I evaluate with a team before we ever even get there. Every Friday we have a creative team meeting and go over everything we’re trying to accomplish from the music to the video that we’re using and the talk itself.

SDR: What is your main concern as a member of the clergy?

PM: The biggest challenge to Christianity in America is being religious and not relational. I think we get too concerned by our denominational distinctiveness. We begin to sanctify our traditions that aren’t necessarily biblical. They’re not necessarily bad, but they become way too confining and we lose track of the mission. Why does the church even exist? We believe it’s to find and follow Jesus. The problem is we make everyone jump a wall or cross hurdles that keep them from God rather than removing those hurdles so we can connect with God. For a lot of people, they don’t feel they can go to church because they’re not cleaned up enough or they’re not religious enough. So, our approach is to do church for the rest of us who are in process.

SDR: What is the most prevalent sin you observe or hear about from your congregants?

PM: Learning how to rightly relate to people has a whole lot to do with how we view them. If you mix in all your baggage of family of origin — the crap you’ve lived through, things you’ve done, things you’ve had done to you — it all gets wrapped up and we see life through that grid of our experiences.

SDR: Where do you go when you die?

PM: You either go to be with the Father who you had this relationship with or you go eternally outside that relationship. If you choose to have relations with Him, that changes everything; if you choose not to, then that’s the choice. It’s heaven or hell.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Native Americans who rocked the world

Stevie Salas, FreeMartin, City Windows, Charles Burton Blues Band, Army of Love
Mike Meeks: “The problem is we make everyone jump a wall or cross hurdles that keep them from God.”
Mike Meeks: “The problem is we make everyone jump a wall or cross hurdles that keep them from God.”

Contact: Chula Vista Campus, 2355 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista; South Coast Campus, 2050 Coronado Avenue, San Diego; 619-370-5005; eastlakechurch.com

Denomination: Independent Christian

Membership: 5500

Pastor: Mike Meeks

Age: 55

Born: Coos Bay, Ore.

Formation: Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena

Years Ordained: 22

San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermon?

Pastor Mike Meeks: To put together a weekend is probably, all told — because I’m always working on more than one — somewhere between 15 to 20 hours. We operate with a series throughout the year for different seasons and times of the year. So for 2011 I have the whole calendar set for what we’re talking about. We’ll open with the first series of the year, “The Me I Want to Be,” which will run for about four or five weeks. With “The Me I Want to Be,” everybody has hopes and dreams of what they want their life to look like but the list of those things often is dependent on the person that I’m becoming. When we focus on that, then other things tend to fall into place.

SDR: Can you think of a time when you gave a sermon that completely flopped?

PM: I would contend that’s every week. We do four services every weekend, you know...one of them is going to suck. But, seriously — not really. We work hard at it, and I evaluate with a team before we ever even get there. Every Friday we have a creative team meeting and go over everything we’re trying to accomplish from the music to the video that we’re using and the talk itself.

SDR: What is your main concern as a member of the clergy?

PM: The biggest challenge to Christianity in America is being religious and not relational. I think we get too concerned by our denominational distinctiveness. We begin to sanctify our traditions that aren’t necessarily biblical. They’re not necessarily bad, but they become way too confining and we lose track of the mission. Why does the church even exist? We believe it’s to find and follow Jesus. The problem is we make everyone jump a wall or cross hurdles that keep them from God rather than removing those hurdles so we can connect with God. For a lot of people, they don’t feel they can go to church because they’re not cleaned up enough or they’re not religious enough. So, our approach is to do church for the rest of us who are in process.

SDR: What is the most prevalent sin you observe or hear about from your congregants?

PM: Learning how to rightly relate to people has a whole lot to do with how we view them. If you mix in all your baggage of family of origin — the crap you’ve lived through, things you’ve done, things you’ve had done to you — it all gets wrapped up and we see life through that grid of our experiences.

SDR: Where do you go when you die?

PM: You either go to be with the Father who you had this relationship with or you go eternally outside that relationship. If you choose to have relations with Him, that changes everything; if you choose not to, then that’s the choice. It’s heaven or hell.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Discovery of priest’s letters reveals tension between church, locals

Culture Clash
Next Article

Bounce and Twerk: common moves for Megan Thee Stallion and Danyelle “Sweet Dee” Solana

“I use Megan’s music when teaching my classes.”
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close