Responding to the Call to Action to Reach Others by Dan Page, Volunteer Storyteller
Neil and Britt Kopping were looking for a renewed sense of
community when they decided to host a “40 Days in the Word” LifeGroup in their
Pacifica home – community with their church in Half Moon Bay, with their
neighbors in Pacifica and with God.
The Koppings lived in San Francisco for years and were deeply
involved with Cornerstone San Francisco, an active community of believers in
the heart of the city.
When they moved to Pacifica in search of better schools for their
growing children, they maintained their relationship with Cornerstone for a
time before answering a call to build the faith community in their new home
For two years they helped shepherd a small community of Pacifica
believers in a start-up effort that showed promise at times but ultimately
faded away. Eighteen months ago, they began attending Mariners.
It was a season of rest and recuperation for the Koppings. They
felt good about the worship experience and the message each weekend at Mariners,
but after the challenges of their church-planting experience they needed a
pause before fully engaging.
“We needed a rest between serving. It’s a commitment to get up to
drive to Half Moon Bay. We wanted to commit to the church there, but we wanted
to bring elements of the church to Pacifica,” said Britt.
in partnership with Marisa and Anthony George, whose faith journey had closely
tracked the Koppings’ move from Cornerstone to startup to Mariners, Neil and
Britt jumped at the opportunity to co-lead a “40 Days in the Word” Life Group in Pacifica
with their friends.
“What I love about Mariners is that call to action: ‘If you’re
going to be here. We want you to contribute. We want you to see how God is
working through your life by serving others.’ I think that’s what God calls us
to do and to be,” Britt said.
Neil agrees now was the perfect time the family to be “all in” at
“We’ve been committed followers of Christ for a long time,” he
said. “This is now about committing to contribute and then committing to
building our community at Mariners. Hopefully we’ll make some great community.”
And, most importantly, the structure of the 40 Days study will
bring them closer to God.
“We’re excited about the study, the intentionality of being in the
Word for 40 days,” Britt said.