From the Trenches: Westgate Church

Our church joined thousands of other churches this Christmas for an “Advent Conspiracy.”  We intentionally went after the topic of consumerism and how it was changing the whole intention and meaning behind Christmas. Consuming Jesus was one of the primary books that helped expose me to the depths and the seriousness of the consumer culture in our church and the need to step forward in changing this trend. I am so grateful for the information of this book and how God used it in our community to spur us on to love and good deeds.

Our community raised just under $40K dollars that will be given away to meet basic needs of shelter, water and food. This does not count several thousand more that families elected to give in their own name towards humanitarian relief somewhere in the world. Thanks Paul, for your work and the effort to couch the issue biblically and convincingly. It was a timely nudge in the hands of the Holy Spirit to move us towards “taking back” OUR HOLIDAY!

Steve Clifford
Lead Pastor, Westgate church
San Jose

    3 Responses to “From the Trenches: Westgate Church”

    1. Heather Minton Says:

      Steve, what an encouragement to hear about the success of Advent Conspiracy in your church! And I gotta say, as a Morgan Hill native, it’s nice to hear some news from home!

    2. Kelsi Says:

      Amen. It’s amazing what a little awareness and solidarity in action can do. Imagine if every single church in America participated next year. I’m so encouraged that there are communities that are willing humbly re-examine the holidays in light of consumerism and what it truly is intended to be about. Especially as believers, this is a huge message that is being sent to the world. Thank you!

    3. Paul Louis Metzger Says:

      Steve, thanks so much for sharing about how God is at work in the life of your church and community. I am grateful to the Lord for how he has used the book, Consuming Jesus, and the Advent Conspiracy to encourage you and your church family to consume consumerism with love and good deeds. Please stay connected. I give thanks to the Lord for you!

      Best wishes,


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