Westside Prays for 30 Days

Jesus teaches us to love our neighbor as ourself (Matthew 22:39). While it’s true that our neighbor can be anyone and everyone we meet, we believe God is calling us to bless all the kids, families and neighbors who live and go to school right here in our Quailwood neighborhood. God placed us here in this community for a reason, …

We’re Hiring!

Westside Church of Christ in Bakersfield, California is searching for a full-time Youth Minister to join our ministry staff. Our most recent Youth Minister has transitioned into the role of Lead & Family Minister and will be involved in helping our new Youth Minister make a seamless transition to Westside. Our congregation averages 280 in attendance and is about to …

Missions Update: Ethiopia

This update is written by our partners in ministry, Kevin and John Ed Clark. For more information about the Ethiopia Gospel Outreach or to find out how you can get involved this ministry, please contact Ian Nickell.  Faithful Servants Training Other Faithful Servants: Brother Yosef attended the Faith Building Seminar that was led by Brother Behailu Abebe during his visit to Ethiopia …

New College Class: Incomparable Christ

Our college and young adult ministry is beginning a new summer class called Incomparable Christ. Based on the book Life Lessons from Hebrews by Max Lucado, this class will be a study of the book of Hebrews. Recent high school graduates, college age students and young adults are invited to come explore an amazing book of the Bible that encourages …

“My Delight Is in Her”

How is that for a Sunday morning blessing?  This is what life in the kingdom of God is all about.  He has placed His name…a name that is above all other names on you.  He has brought you into His family…you are a part of the body that makes up the Bride of Christ.  As such, your Lord “delights in …

Student Ministry Update

We’ve got some big plans for our 7th-12th grade students this summer! Sunday Morning: The Life The call to faith in Christ is a call to action. It’s a call to a transformed life, a life that has a specific look to it. This life is called discipleship. And it’s the expected path of all who come to faith in …

No More Dry Stumps

“Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will surely separate me from His people’; and let not the eunuch say, ‘Behold, I am a dry tree.’  For thus says the Lord: ‘To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give …

Wounded Healers

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) One of my favorite books of all time is “The Wounded Healer” by Henri Nouwen.  Towards the end of the book Nouwen recounts an old legend from the Jewish …

Your Father’s Commitment

“Listen to me, O house of Jacob,    all the remnant of the house of Israel,who have been borne by me from before your birth,    carried from the womb;even to your old age I am he,    and to gray hairs I will carry you.I have made, and I will bear;    I will carry and will save. ” (Isaiah 46:3-4) Your Father is not the type …