The ministry of the Spirit West Coast festivals. To the casual or typical observer the Spirit West Coast festivals may appear to be primarily entertainment events, and they certainly are that; fantastic entertainment experiences. But in a deeper reality, the Festivals are importantministry events with life changing and eternal spiritual results. Each year several hundred people accept Christ as their Savior and scores of others make important spiritual recommitments.
There is no doubt that anyone and everyone who attends or is involved with Spirit West Coast will be rejoicing, pleased and perhaps surprised in eternity when it becomes clear just how many people have beenimpacted from what happens spiritually at each year’s Festivals. Festival Director Jon Robberson recently wrote, “I came away from THIS year’s festivals more convinced than ever that the ministry of Spirit West Coast is as valid as any evangelistic ministry.
That’s a BIG statement because there are several great evangelistic ministries. But although SWC is not as large in size or resources as some crusade ministries, spiritually life changing things happen at the Festivals just as with ministries with much larger profiles and budgets. The ministries’ purpose is clear when hundreds of people accept Jesus after salvation challenges by speakers like Luis Palau or Nick Vujicic.” But regardless of the event’s high ministry value, the continuing economic struggles which are especially acute in the West, have dramatically affected Spirit West Coast.
The non-profit ministry is struggling to keep the content of the large, 3-day events at a top-level that will continue to draw thousands of people so God can meet them. In fact, so precarious were the organization’s finances that there was no Del Mar festival in 2011 and the Monterey event was cancelled in 2012; tragically missed opportunities for God to change lives.
Looking ahead it’s critical that the festival’s small donor support family grow to a level that will provide the resources required to sustain these large and unique ministry events. With lower attendances and escalating expenses, ticket sales alone cannot sustain the festivals.
Spirit West Coast does not operate a sophisticated fund raising campaign like many ministries; we simple share the need with God’s people and trust the need will be met. A handful of people give monthly, some make a yearlong pledge (paid monthly) and others one-time gifts. Since the recession started in 2008, each year has been a faith-walk year and God has provided through His people. It’s ironic that the years of greatest financial challenge have been some of the years of greatest spiritual impact.
As we look forward to what the Lord has in store for the future of SWC, please prayerfully consider becoming involved in supporting the festival ministry financially. If you would like to discuss how you could help the ministry financially, feel free to contact Spirit West Coast’s Director Jon Robberson by emailing: Jon@SpiritWestCoast.org or call 408-377-9232.
Below are links to the donation response form and current status of the Faith-400 Campaign. SWC is a nonprofit 501 (C)(3) organization.
Download the 2013 Support Donation & Pledge Form