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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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Tech, Meet Surf: The Rise of Silicon Beach

For years, “tech start-up” was almost synonymous with Silicon Valley. However, over the last decade or so, hundreds of tech giants and start-ups alike have expanded to Silicon Beach, where the sand and surf surround the entertainment capital of the world. It encompasses the greater Los Angeles area, and spans the western coastline of southern California, with concentrations in Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Ray, Playa del Ray, Playa...

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Yellow Co Leaves a Lasting (and Instagram-able) Mark on Downtown LA

I never found God in church, I found God in service. If you’re looking for a community of women who care about bringing pieces of heaven into the darkest places of earth, and who look amazing while doing it, look no further than Yellow Co. This women’s entrepreneurial conference has been gathering in LA since 2013. For every insight you’ll hear about how to grow your brand, you’ll likely hear...

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State of LA Housing Market

Whether we personally are trying to save up for a house, we know friends who have moved from Los Angeles because of the cost of living, or we know those who are trying to survive month to month, we all feel the pressure of the housing crisis in Los Angeles. It seems like everyone is affected. In the most recent Bisnow conference in DTLA, the state of the office and...

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The Future of Cities

On June 13, I attended the Mayor’s Forum, “The Future of Cities,” sponsored by the Los Angeles Headquarters Association at the California Club in Downtown L.A. The speaker’s panel consisted of three mayors from the greater Los Angeles area—Gleam Davis of Santa Monica, Terry Tornek of Pasadena, and Meghan Sahli-Wells of Culver City. In attendance were builders and developers who came to hear the mayors’ visions for their respective...

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