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SWC promoting Nor Cal JoshuaFest

monterey
07.22.14

Spirit West Coast has always been about evangelism and celebrating faith in a Christian music context. As summer 2014 rolls along, SWC is excited to announce a supportive association with the long established, annual JoshuaFest, which comes to Northern California Aug 29 – 31.

The lineup for the 3-day JoshuaFest event includes headliners Switchfoot, Family Force Five, Thousand Foot Krutch, Seventh Day Slumber and dozens of others. JoshuaFest accommodates camping and takes place near the small, northern California town of Quincy, about 80 miles west of Reno in beautiful, picturesque Plumas County. Also featured at JoshuaFest are teaching workshops, children’s fun zone called “Camp Jericho” and evening messages by gifted speakers like Joseph Rojas of Seventh Day Slumber.

SWC director Jon Robberson says this about JoshuaFest“the things I’ve always appreciated about JoshuaFest is their commitment to young people, teens and young adults, the age group I like to call ‘generation next’, and the casual, free flowing atmosphere of the event. There’s a great vibe at JoshuaFest which I think comes from a combination of the type of artists they have and the remote location. Plus the event is VERY inexpensive and you can never beat that.”

There are many reasons SWC decided to actively promote JoshuaFest this year but the primary reason is encouraging people to place themselves at an opportunity and in an environment where God can speak to them. Robberson elaborated on that aspect; “for years we’ve seen how God impacts lives at the SWC festivals and anytime our ministry can be involved in facilitating another opportunity for ministry we’re all in. We saw God touch hundreds at the Ontario and Concord single day events in June and we’re thrilled to be supporting JoshuaFest in late August.”      

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Tickets Start at $14.50 and $15.50!

monterey
02.25.14

Tickets will be priced as low as…$14.50 and $15.50! Can you believe that? SWC has desired to radically lower ticket prices for a long time and now with this new model we can. There are other tickets price categories in the reserve seat scenarios, VIP seats and packages (much lower than past festivals), but the main thing is, now families and those who need a “low entry price point” have it.

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SWC is Back!

monterey
02.24.14

Spirit West Coast is BACK! June 20 in Ontario, CA and June 22 in Concord, CA!

So Cal

Mercy Me, Tenth Avenue North, Sanctus Real, Kutless, Colton Dixon and Plumb

 

Friday, June 20, 2014

 

Citizens Business Bank Arena

Ontario, CA

 

Nor Cal

Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Tenth Avenue North, Kutless, Lincoln Brewster, Plumb and Colton Dixon

 

Saturday, June 22, 2014

 

Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord

Concord, CA

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SWC is coming to Southern and Northern California in 2014!

monterey
01.10.14

We are excited to announce our 2 single-day festivals in Ontario & Concord! Tickets are on sale NOW so buy soon while the best seats are still available.

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Director’s Report for Spirit West Coast 2013

monterey
08.26.13

With the 17th annual festival in the rearview mirror for over two weeks now, I’d like share my thoughts with YOU since you are part of the extended group of people who are ministry partners; media, donors, volunteers, vendors, artists & speakers and many ” festival friends.”

 

Much can be said about the 2013 Spirit West Coast festival in Monterey but the essence can be summed up in just a few lines:

 

* Over 250 people made first time salvation commitments to follow Jesus Christ.

 

* Another 500 plus made rededications or other spirit decisions.

 

* Over 150 children were sponsored by people through Compassion International, a push back on poverty and an introduction to Jesus.

 

When the Gospel is presented and people are giving an opportunity to respond to the Spirit, you never know what God does in the lives of those who hear. It’s impossible to chart spiritual impact, but these numbers come from the onsite ministry team who pray and counsel with people and from direct text responses, so it’s a solid indication that hundreds of lives left Laguna Seca in a different spiritual place than when they arrived.

 

I praise God for each person who accepted Jesus including 42-year-old Toni from Chico, Joe (62) from Fresno, and Ryan (18) from Salinas just to name a few. Children Mason, Clara, Emily, Isaac and Taylor accepted Jesus into their hearts at strongman Jon Pritikin’s show in VeggieLand on Thursday, news especially precious to me since I was but 7 when I first I asked Jesus into my heart.

 

Knowing that eternity will be different for so many people makes all the efforts and expense necessary to stage the event worth it. Hey, we’d do it all if even ONE life was changed!

 

Other wonderful things happened:

 

· God was glorified and lifted-up at concert after concert, especially the presentations by Jeremy Camp and Matthew West.

 

· Each evening message was dynamic and we thank God for bringing the team of speakers to us; Reggie Dabbs, Bob Lenz, Nick Hall and Reid Saunders.

 

· Fans enjoyed the newer talent, which included Rhett Walker Band, Jamie Grace and especially For King and Country.

 

On the business side of “how things went”, as a ministry we continue to live by faith, totally dependent on God for our future. The attendance may have been low but the Spirit sure was high! Considering there was no Monterey event in 2012, we were just thankful to once again be praising God at Laguna Seca and providing an opportunity for thousands to hear the Good News.

 

Between the Monterey and Southern California events there has been 24 Spirit West festivals since 1997 and over 10,000 people have salvations and rededications…10,000! It’s beyond amazing how God has so radically used this unique ministry for His Kingdom.

 

Now our journey continues into a future that is in His hands. During recent times I’ve used the verse (and story) from Hebrews 11:8 where Abraham left the security of home for the unknown and what would become the promise land. The verse  says “…and he did not know where he was going” which I think is an appropriate description for the SWC journey of faith. Like Abraham, we may not yet see the complete picture of our future but we DO know who is directing our steps.

 

Just as in the past, we’re trusting God to show us when, where and how to do another ministry event. God provided a way for SWC to happen in Monterey in 2013 and we’re trusting Him for the next move.

 

Thank you SO MUCH for taking the 2013 faith journey with us; everyone’s part is important.

 

I’m incredibly thankful for what God did in 2013…praise the Lord!

 

In Him,

Jon Robberson

SWC Director

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