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Church Check: CoastLife Church in Venice, Florida

Basic Church Information


Church Name: Coastlife Church

Senior/Lead Pastor: Jason & Heidi Warman

Governance Model: Board of Directors (see church bylaws & articles of incorporation below)

Other Church Leaders/Staff: Steve Warman, Dana Stoddard, Travis Ugarte (See church bylaws)

Denomination: Evangelical/ARC

Address: 2235 Seaboard Avenue, Venice, Florida

Phone Number: 941-497-2100

Contact/Email: 411@mycoastlifechurch.com

Congregation Size: ~1,000-2,000

Building Size/Church Property: 1st Location: 40,000 sq. ft; Value: $2,401,190; 2nd Location: 40,000 sq. ft; Value: $2,700,000.

Social Media/Online Presence:


Church Specifics


To read more about this church’s Specifics, read the Red Flag Report (to be published within the next 24 hours), which is linked in several Specifics below. Any Specific that has more information or an explanation available is linked to the Red Flag Report by an asterisk.


Responsive/Open to Questions: No*

Official Memberships: Yes*

Church Discipline: Yes*

Tithing/Compels Giving: Yes*

Financially Transparent &/or Accountable: No*

Baptism Required: No

Preaching Style: Topical

Worship Style: Contemporary/Christian Pop Concert

Affiliations: ARC/Kevin Gerald*

Safeguards Against Abuse: Minimal - None

Red Flags: This church has several red flags of spiritual abuse for its affiliation with ARC/Kevin Gerald, coercive authoritarian control, financial exploitation, labor exploitation, stonewalling, information control, and more. Please read our full Red Flag Report on this church to learn more about these red flags.


Pastor Background


Educational Background: Unknown unaccredited Bible college

Ministerial History: Unknown | In this interview, Jason Warman briefly discusses working in ministry as a youth pastor and “other things” after receiving a degree from a small Bible college but doesn’t mention which Bible college he went to or which church he previously worked/served in.

Salary: Unknown*

Red Flags*: We haven’t been able to find very much information regarding Jason or Heidi Warman’s background so far. This is a red flag because it suggests the history and background information is being withheld purposely as a form of impression management and information control.


Church Bylaws & Articles of Incorporation:

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Final Rating: Not Recommended


About Our Rating


Based on each investigation and the information we collect on each church, we will either recommend or not recommend a church. Everyone has a different perspective and opinion based on their doctrinal views, personality, and other factors. Our recommendations are based on our Ultra-Libertarian Christian perspective and our desire to protect the Body of Christ from the abuse, exploitation, coercive control, and other cult-like behaviors practiced by wolves in sheep’s clothing.


13 Comments


Sarah I attend Coastlife, I have for two years now and not once have I felt like A salve. The people that serve every weekend they do not by choice, they do it because they love it!

you Don’t even attend our church, you are making false accusations!

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Sarah Leann Young
Sarah Leann Young
Feb 13, 2023
Replying to

shreds.square.0z,


As I explained in one of my other responses to the Red Flag Report comment, I have no doubt that many people don't "feel" like they're being enslaved or abused at CL. If everyone there thought they were being mistreated, they wouldn't go to the church. The thing about coercive and authoritarian spiritual abuse is that it is constructed and calculated in a manner that is difficult to spot for most people. Not because people aren't intelligent. Only people who have been through an abusive cycle many times before and live to tell the tale can usually recognize when they're being put through it, or about to be put through it again. By the time most people realize what's…


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Josh Kunish
Josh Kunish
Feb 09, 2023

Hey Sarah, when it comes to Christian service, what would you suggest a new believer, who knows nothing about serving God, do in service to God. It would seem that a good place to start would be serving in your local church around more mature believers as you grow in the faith.⅕ I completely agree that churches that act like corporations and businesses need a good looking at, but, unless I am wrong, that's just not the state of the average church in America. Lee people show up and less people serve year over year. A lot of churches close their door every yeah because people fail to do any service to their local body of like minded believers. Again,…

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Sarah Leann Young
Sarah Leann Young
Feb 10, 2023
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Hey Josh,


I actually believe the average church in America has become either abusive and authoritarian, exploitative and corporate/business-like, or all of them put together. There are of course exceptions, but for the most part, churches have become more damaging to the Christian faith than supportive of it in my opinion. So I don't think serving those churches is important or even a good thing.


There's nothing wrong with a Christian choosing to serve in a church if they choose it willingly and consciously, but most churches shame and manipulate them into doing it, which is abusive. Sacrifice and generosity aren't genuine if they're extracted from people through coercive control and spiritually abusive means. That's the problem I have with…


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Josh Kunish
Josh Kunish
Feb 09, 2023

Hey Sarah, when it comes to Christian service, what would you suggest a new believer, who knows nothing about serving God, do in service to God. I completely agree that churches that act like corporations and businesses need a good looking at, but, unless I am wrong, that's just not the state of the average church in America. Lee people show up and less people serve year over year. A lot of churches close their door every yeah because people fail to do any service to their local body of like minded believers. Again, a church sacking the life out of a person does sound wrong, but someone showing up a little early, greeting people at the door, going around…

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Josh Kunish
Josh Kunish
Feb 09, 2023

Hello, I am someone who lives in the area and does not really hold the highest view of coast life. I go to a different church in the area. To be fair, what specific things about their membership requirements are unbiblical? I think a statement like that should be thoroughly explained, otherwise, you.open yourself up to people making the same criticism of you.


Thank you,

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Hi Jeff,


First of all, I think I only used 'if' a couple of times. That's not very many, and the few times I used it I believe the argument was valid. IF not, please elaborate because I don't know what you mean.


Second, I eventually managed to find a way to attend growth track online, and although the church doesn't come out and openly admit they require tithing, there are a plethora of manipulative and unbiblical ways they coerce and compel it. The same goes for membership. Abusive and dishonest churches are proficient in coercive control and undue influence without being openly assertive about it. If they were open and honest about it, people wouldn't be deceived into it.


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