For God's sake don't go there.... Great church, great congregation, caring pastor and staff, very loving and caring people who just want to please God above all else. What a blessing!
I've been to some great churches around the United States and elsewhere in the world, but I can honestly say I've never been a part of movement of God quite like what is happening at Eastside now. There is a sense of expectation at every service as we wait to experience what God has for us next. It's a place where I'm encouraged to pursue God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love my neighbor. Let me encourage you: if you are searching for a place to worship God, or if you're still searching for answers about God, Eastside is a place where you'll have the opportunity to meet with the Creator.
This church has dramatically changed my life. I have never felt closer to God and I have never seen such spiritual growth in my life. I have been looking for a church like this for at least 3 years and have finally found a place that brings the word and worship like no other. This place is fantastic!!!
My life was forever changed..
I began attending Eastside late in the summer of 2010. My parents played a large part of getting me through any church doors what so ever during that season of my life. Sunday after Sunday i would sit in my seat and doodle on the back of bulletins or try to catch up on some sleep i had missed the night before. Unfortunately, the people that attended the church could not have been more loving or sincere in getting to know me. While they were fun and different from what i had come to expect of church people in my lifetime, i still kept them at arms length, which is more than i can say for where i kept God.
One Sunday, after church, while the youth were getting their stuff together for their annual retreat to the mountains, the preacher cornered me in the kids room. He had a look on his face that i couldn't put my finger on, but i knew it made me nervous. Suddenly he asked if i wanted to go on the retreat. Surprised, i thanked him but said i hadn't planned on going, and through in a couple more excuses i pulled out of thin air. However, that was not what the Lord had in mind. I ended up in his car headed up to the mountains that very afternoon. It was not a car ride i was looking forward to, but after a while the conversation took a surprisingly interesting turn. Come to find out, he had gone and done many of the things i have always wanted to. After a couple of hours i arrived at the camp with a pastor i wasn't so sure i hated anymore. We all had several days of fun activities and to my dismay, bible studies and services. When we began the last night's service, i could tell it was different. As the worship leader played the guitar, no one seemed to take over the service. It was interesting to see these kids who had earlier that day been running around in creeks and making sandwich towers suddenly enter into an atmosphere like this. Some with their eyes closed, others on their knees, the students humbled themselves before the Lord. After a while, some of the ones who were on their knees were now face down on the ground, other's had tears in there eyes. They began talking about their lives and struggles that they faced. One after one, each person in the room shared, adult and child alike, many with words that seemed beyond their years. Then, as the young man next to me told the heart breaking story of a situation he had at home, my emotions flooded me. All the walls i had worked so hard to build over the years collapsed. I felt honest compassion for another for the first time in i don't know how long, i then went on to share and confess struggles i had been dealing with. When we returned home, Sundays were different. i not only began bringing my Bible, but a notebook, i found i was wanting to hear the word of God more and more. The people who had always shown me so much love and compassion now had a very special place in my heart, they were family. For most of my youth, i asked why i ever had to step foot inside a church, and never heard an answer. Suddenly all this time later, long after i quit questioning it, He made it clear. You are not just going to church for yourself, you are going for every person and object He is going to place in your path, so that He can affect things through you. If it weren't for the Lord working through my church family to reach me from where i was, there would be no telling what path i would be on today. When you humble yourself before God, your eyes begin to open to the work He is doing around you. You slowly come out of the state of tunnel vision that the world has become so fond of. In that state of prideful, hard-hearted, self consumed mind, i was in no condition to be able to hear and understand the voice of God, so He used my brothers and sisters. Eastside is the first church i have ever attended that feels like home, something i never thought would happen. I am realizing more and more each day the powerful things the Lord is doing at this church, and greater this are yet to come.
STAY AWAY FROM THIS GUY.
I have attended this church for about 8 months and have made every attempt to become a contributing member to no avail. The pastor seems to be totally disconnected from the membership, unless you happen to be one of his golf/hunting buddies and/or contribute unrealistic amounts of time and or/money to further his personal agenda, he has little time for you or your spiritual needs.
This Pastor has completely gotten rid of a mature god fearing staff and installed a staff of 20/25 year olds, all of which are being paid to do their assigned duties.?????. I have been to considerably larger churches that do not have this large of a paid staff…And they seem to receive a paid family vacation almost monthly to the Mountains or the Coast, calling them “Staff retreats”. All other members are charged handsomely for all events, retreats, trips, breakfasts, small groups, etc, etc etc…
Money management at this church seems to be none existent. The Pastor is contantly preaching money to the point of demanding it and telling the membership that he judges their spiritual walk by monitoring their individual giving habits.
This church furnishs a very vague financial report and one wonders how much this young “Staff” is being paid and what they are being paid for and how these “Staff Retreats” are being funded. The Pastor has said he answers to a board of trustees, however this seems to be a non-existant board. When he is questioned about financial matters he gets very defensive and says it is our job to bring our tithes and offering to him and his job to keep them. As far as I know the membership has never be asked for their opinion as to church expenditures. This man simply refuses to give a detailed accounting for funds received by the church.
We moved here 8/9 months ago and have tried to become a part of this church. But the infrastructure has become more and more suspect as the weeks have gone by. If it is your desire to become a sheep and follow a very suspect Shepard, then this may be the church for you. If you love the Lord and wish to honor and worship him, I suggest you find one of the more reputable churchs in the area. (The only positive comments found on this church are by one of those young “Staff members”.)
Great Church, The Place To Be. This is a great church in the Charlotte Area. You will be greeted and welcomed as family from the start. They dont make it awkward to be a new guest, and allow you to check it out on your own, and are available for any and all questions. The Worship is engaging and powerful and always paired with Biblical Teaching from a dynamic team. All ages feel comfortable worshipping at Eastside. They also have a kickin' Children's Worship Experience with Area Kids where your children will be loved and cared for and taught the true love of God. They strive to be a church that is for a REAL GOD, REAL LIFE, and REAL PEOPLE.
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