For years now, we have lived in the tension of being both a local church and a missions organization. We have recently decided to place everything we are doing in Isla Vista under the new name: Mission Isla Vista.
Mission Isla Vista will serve as an umbrella for Jesus Burgers, Isla Vista Worship, Isla Vista House of Prayer, community homes, missionaries, and more.
We will continue, as a church family, to gather throughout the week and scatter the kingdom through our land. We will continue to be a training ground, preparing people to face life and crown Jesus King in all they do. We will continue to welcome teams and interns from all over California and the world to partner with God’s work in our land. We will continue to show up every Friday night, loving and feeding a city the goodness of God through a hamburger, prayer, or whatever they need. We will continue to host prayer meetings and rally more people to pray for Isla Vista. We will continue to release a sound through our music that will touch many nations and countless lives. Lastly, we will continue to adopt more of a boot camp / training ground mentality deploying God’s people throughout this nation and the world to partner with other churches and begin Jesus movements.
Jesus Burgers began in 2001 and by God’s amazing grace it has transformed a city and impacted many lives. We keep hearing of new Jesus Burgers starting all over from Kona, Hawaii to different cities in Brazil. We are excited to announce that we hope to publish volume 3 of Jesus Burgers this year!
Isla Vista Worship has released one full album, many EP’s, and plans on releasing a second album this year. We love to sing about Jesus and create music that can touch a generation hungry for more of Him.
Isla Vista House of Prayer was established in 2011 and has affected the spiritual atmosphere of the city with various worship and prayer gatherings. Being able to encourage people’s communion and intimacy with God in a corporate way, we are helping the sons and daughters realize who they are and what they can accomplish with God through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Community homes are a huge part of how we build family and make disciples. We believe in order to reach a city we need to have territory in the city. Currently, we have about a handful of church homes, in addition to families and married couples living in the land. We are asking the Lord for more and our heart is to create a citywide community home network in the years to come.
If you live in Isla Vista you must see yourself as missionary. Between the uniqueness of the city, hosting teams and people, and living in a constant squeeze, the missionary mindset is a must. In the days ahead, we want to make it available for those who feel called and for leadership to come alongside and be able to raise missional support to stay in the land and partner with His church.
And finally, our goal for Mission Isla Vista on social media is to encourage and inspire a generation to live for Jesus alone. We plan on using our Instagram & Facebook account to add daily value and encouragement to those that are following us.
Thank you for taking time to read this and may “The Lord bless you and keep you; make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you…And give you peace.”
Psalm 115:1 – “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, because of Your mercy, because of Your truth.”