The 2012 Spirit West Coast festival in Del Mar was a great success spiritually, as the Spirit of Jesus Christ and the power of His love impacted hundreds of people at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The eighth annual event, presented by the non-profit Spirit West Coast ministry organization, fully realized its core purpose; to be an evangelistic and spiritually encouraging force to change lives.
The talent shined brightly with dynamic headlining performances by TobyMac, Tenth Avenue North and a fitting finale performance by Newsboys substituting for MercyMe on closing night. Other noteworthy performances from the cast of over 40 artists included Matthew West, with both his performance and seminar message, Peter Furler with Phil Joel (playing bass in Peter’s band), the high-energy delivery of Family Force 5 and Disciple and the refreshing concert by newcomers The City Harmonic. The crowd truly enjoyed The Afters, Fireflight, Chris August and Late Nite comedians Bob Smiley, Stephen B and Scott Wood.
Each night featured a powerful, Christ centered message on the Main Stage: Friday by renowned evangelist Luis Palau, Saturday by Nick Vujicic and the closing night by Bob Lenz. Each message engaged the crowd as only the Holy Spirit can. Fruitful messages on the C28 rock stage included youth oriented challenges by Kevin from Disciple and Joseph Rojas from Seventh Day Slumber.
Festival Director, Jon Robberson reported, “I would sum up this year’s event by saying the ‘the attendance was down but the Spirit was up’. Of course I’d rather both be up but attendance will be what it will be. We have always measured the success of Spirit West Coast from a spiritual perspective, and from that point of view 2012 was a home run. Any time over 200 people find Christ as their Savior for the first time and a few hundred more turn corners in their faith walk it’s a home run.”
Knowing that the attendance was down in Del Mar and that the Monterey festival was canceled resulting in financial challenges for the ministry organization, many are wondering about the future of the annual events. Director Robberson noted, “we’ve started a fundraising campaign to secure the return of another festival, and one thing has become crystal clear; many people, I mean a lot of people, love Spirit West Coast for what it means to them, their friends and family, and they do not want to see it go away. Having clearly seen God work at Del Mar this year, people witnessed a firsthand reminder that SWC is a spiritual event and worthy of their financial support. Knowing that people are stepping up with support, I’m very encouraged that the ministry will be moving ahead to spiritually impact people in the future if more people continue to get involved and join the financial support team.”
Specific plans for Spirit West Coast 2013 are in limbo since the future is completely dependent on raising a level of support necessary to relaunch the large events. To inquire about getting involved financially email: publicity@SpiritWestCoast.org or see the web page “SUPPORT” and the PDF pledge form. The fundraising goal is to secure four-hundred, $500 pledges annually ($42 per month)!
SWC ministry department leader Bob Reehm summed up 2012, “praise God that we were able to have the event given the ministry’s financial circumstances, but in doing so hundreds of lives will never be the same.”