Grow on Purpose

God has an incredible purpose for your life and has made you unique in order to carry it out. Just think, God made you with your personality and your skills and He placed you in your neighborhood and in your work and school to touch lives He wants you to touch. And He wants you to live and enjoy this life that you have to the fullest (John 10:10).

This happens best when we Grow with a Purpose.

At Mariners there are five areas that make up purposeful growth. As you grow in each of these areas, watch your life change and see where God takes you!

Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth

All living things grow and God wants every believer in Christ to grow as well. To do this, we need to learn and practice new ways of living so that we can be made new in the attitude of your minds  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:23-24, NIV)



The Bible is clear that following Jesus is not just a matter of believing, but also of belonging. The Bible says, You are members of God’s very own family… and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian. (Ephesians 2:19 LB).  As members of His family, we learn to love, forgive, open up, and become accountable. We become better, together.



We all have a purpose and a calling to worship God. We grow in our worship as we learn to open our hearts to Him in song, in quietness and prayer, and in reading and meditating on Scripture.



God has given each of us the privilege of using our gifts, talents, and opportunities to make our church, Coastside and world a better place. The Bible says, Each one should use whatever gift they have received to serve others….” (1 Peter 4:10).  God has given so much to us, we want to use our lives to give back.

Telling Others

Telling Others

We are called to tell the Coastside (and beyond) about the love of God. We want to grow in our awareness of others and how to best share the message of salvation with those that Jesus (and we) love.

We know that we are all in different stages of our spiritual growth.

Some of us are WALKING. That would mean we are just getting our feet under us and understanding the full extent of Christ’s love as well as connecting with others and realizing the purpose to which God has called us.


Some of us are RUNNING. We know God’s purposes for our lives and are striving to grow deeper in growth; have  habits that help us become more like Jesus; understand what worship is about; and we are experiencing the joy of serving others.

And some of us are FLYING. God has helped us to be strong in our faith and we are beginning to mentor and encourage others in growth as well as sharing what faith in Jesus is all about.

In 2020 we’ll be recommending tips, tools and resources to everyone who is a part of Mariners, no matter at what stage of growth. Each month we’ll take a different topic (worship, spiritual growth, serving others, etc.) and let you decide what will help you in your walk with Jesus.


Check out some resources to get you started

Blog Posts About Growing on Purpose

Sharing With Your Neighbors

Lisa was a high school girl who wanted to make friends and share her faith in Jesus at her new school. She began by learning the names of five girls whose lockers were next to hers and writing them down. As she learned more about her classmates, friendships blossomed....

Bringing Co-workers to Christ

Matt Klein sees opportunities to share the Gospel everywhere – especially at work, where he spends much of each day. “I make it quite clear to everyone that I have faith in God,” said Matt, who is a program management director at work. “I don’t want to bulldoze over...

We Are Designed To Be in Community

God didn’t create humankind to be alone! And not just in terms of a spouse. He designed us to be in community. Active community. A community that builds each other up to become our the best versions of ourselves, the one that is most Christlike. A community that helps...

Blessed by Fellowship in her Faith Community

Meaghan Joynt has attended church most of her life but discovered the blessing of fellowship only recently. She never felt community at the church she attended as a child. And her church experience as a young adult in New York was as part of a professional choir that...

No One is An Island

You’ve heard it before: No one is an island. Batman has Robin, Scooby has Shaggy, and even the Lone Ranger had Tonto (and, contrary to what you’ve heard, “Kemosabe” means faithful friend). An awesome thing about believing in Jesus is becoming part of a family. The...

A Quiet Time Story: Kaitlin, Making A Habit Of Devoting The Best Part Of Each Day For God

Kaitlin Gehret, children’s ministry director at Mariners, is a morning person. So, she tries to devote a piece of the best part of her day to God. “First thing I do when I wake up, is I’ll play a word game to get my mind focused, then I grab some coffee and I just sit...

A Quiet Time Story: Curt, A Tailored Approach to Carving Out Quiet with God

Curt Vanderstelt, youth pastor at Mariners Church, knows why finding quiet time to connect with God can be so difficult. “Satan doesn’t want God’s people to read God’s word,” Curt said. “The more he can discourage us from looking at the words of life in the...

A Quiet Time Story: Ivette, Connecting with God Through Spiritual Snacking

The demands of busy lives driven by unpredictable calendars can make it difficult to commit to a daily time, place and resource for connecting with God. Dedicating a block of 60, 30 or even 15 minutes to praise, prayer and learning can seem impossible. “As a mom, as a...

Your Biggest Decision for 2020

From Pastor Paul. I do believe that 2020 could be your best year yet for spiritual and personal growth. It could be the launching point for better relationships, a closer connection to God, and to deeper and freeing emotional healing. Or, it could just be another...