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Food Truck Expressions of Church

Food Trucks are the metaphor we use to describe Ecclesia’s Missional Collaborations—groups that incarnate the life of Jesus and the Kingdom of God in a particular place or among a pocket of people. They discern what is good news for those to whom they are sent and manifest that good news as an expression of the life of Jesus. Each collaboration forms a committed core team, develops a set of...

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Los Angeles County To Launch An Online Platform To Help Local Children In Crisis

LOS ANGELES, Ca. – Pastors and leaders from across Los Angeles County are gathering in unity for a luncheon to address the foster crisis on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. The event will include special guest keynote, Andy Byrd, Co-founder of The Send, powerful testimonies, worship from Lindy & The Circuit Riders and a time of prayer for the city. “This is a great opportunity to mobilize Christians to...

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Jon Ritner – Part 2, Forge Hollywood

TLA: Tell us about Forge Hollywood. What do you find is the biggest hurdle to shifting someone’s paradigm to begin living as a missionary? JR: Forge Hollywood is a local Hub of Forge America/Forge International. Forge partners with the local church to mobilize the everyday people of God to participate in the everyday mission of God. We inspire the church to take steps towards mobilizing the people of God to...

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Helping The Homeless

During this season when our thoughts turn to the Greatest Gift given, we are moved to express that gift in tangible ways with the lost, last and least among us.  We cannot ignore that the number of unhoused people has increased. Across the county, there are around 59,000 sleeping “in the rough”, of those 36,000 alone can be found in the City of Los Angeles.  While this situation is...

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Jon Ritner – Part 1, Ecclesia

We recently caught up Jon Ritner to talk about life and ministry in the heart of Hollywood. He’s the Lead Pastor of Ecclesia Hollywood, and also serves as the Director of Forge Hollywood. Originally from the States, Ritner spent several years in Europe as a “micro church” planter and gained a unique perspective that helps inform his vision for the American Church, and the Church in Hollywood. TogetherLA: What led...

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Opportunity Zones – What Are They and Why Do They Matter to LA?

Who wants to talk 2017 tax reform? What if I told you those tax laws could be the key to changing some of Los Angeles’ most downtrodden neighborhoods? A few years ago, a million changes were made to the tax laws that only your accountant will ever know about. But tucked into the 185-page bill was the creation of The Investing in Opportunity Act. That Act made it possible, and...

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Interview with Kevin Haah, Part 2

Kevin Haah, Lead Pastor of New City Church of Los Angeles, was called to start a multi-ethnic, multi-socioeconomic church in downtown LA, where Skid Row and the upwardly mobile loft dwellers converge. But he knew that God was calling him to obedience, not to success. Or rather, that success would be measured in his obedience, even if the task seemed impossible. “The definition of success is not actually the result,...

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Interview with Kevin Haah, Part 1

If you’ve ever wondered if a multi-ethnic, multi-socioeconomic, multi-generational, non-denominational church is anything more than wishful thinking, talk to Kevin Haah. The Lead Pastor of New City Church of Los Angeles, Haah set out on a journey of obedience more than 10 years ago, resulting in a little bit of heaven on earth.  Originally an associate pastor with a Korean American church in LA, Haah was responsible for overseeing urban...

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Jonathan Wu on Faith and Work

Faith and work. It is a hot topic today in certain Christian circles. I’ve attended workshops, read Tim Keller’s book and had countless conversations with friends questioning if and how our non-ministry work matters. But for all the time I’ve spent thinking about it, I haven’t heard it preached much from the pulpit. I recently caught up with Jonathan Wu about why that might be. He’s the Executive Pastor of...

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Propaganda on the Beauty of the Church

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