Our story begins in the summer of 2003 when a small group of believers started meeting at the beach on Sunday nights in Carlsbad near lifeguard Tower 30. Our first meeting was the result of months of prayer and years of God tugging on the hearts of several individuals to step out in faith and follow His leading to start a new church. We met with great expectation, trusting that God was going to do something new and fresh in our lives and the lives we touched as we followed Him in planting this church.
We envisioned a church without walls, meaning a church that would welcome anyone who was seeking to know and experience God. But more than that, we envisioned a group of people who would take the gospel, the good news of God’s love through Jesus Christ, beyond the traditional walls of the established church and share this message with our community in a relevant way. That first summer at the beach we studied the book of Acts and were impressed by the early church’s emphasis on prayer, community and the faithful teaching of salvation through Jesus Christ alone.
As the summer faded into fall, the weather became cooler and the days grew shorter, we watched as God provided a new location for us to meet. It was an old, non-operating greenhouse in Carlsbad where roses were once grown. It was very rustic and needed quite a bit of makeover in order to use, but it also represented the kind of community we want to be: authentic and organic. Symbolically The Greenhouse was a great place to grow and incubate this new church. We watched God’s hand at work as He amazingly answered our prayers and brought the right people to us at the right time, adding to our number consistently.
In April of 2004 we were given the opportunity to host the Easter Sunrise service at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. It was an incredible morning and a great outreach to the community with a large crowd attending. At this point we knew we had outgrown The Greenhouse and it was time for us to move again. We started meeting at the auditorium of the Aviara Oaks Elementary School in Carlsbad and continued to grow. As growth progressed we moved next door to the gym at Aviara Oaks Middle School and continue to meet there now.
We have named our new church “The Fields” because Jesus once told his followers, “Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” (John 4:35). At The Fields our desire is to see God grow people into passionate followers of Jesus Christ. We are anticipating that God will help our church continue to grow in two ways. First, we hope to be used by God to bring in a harvest of those who do not yet know Jesus and see them grow to maturity in Christ. Secondly, we have a team approach to ministry. We are praying that God will bring to The Fields workers who have a heart for the harvest and most importantly, a heart for the Lord of the harvest. Jesus told his followers, “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
That’s our story. We have seen some amazing answers to our prayers. We have seen our faith in God grow. We believe God is on the move and are excited to be a part of that.