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Planting a Church In LA (Part 3): Called By God

I believe you have to be called by God to start a church. BY ANDREW ALESSO Editor’s Note: Andrew Alesso, 29, is the pastor of Thrive LA located in the Silver Lake area. The church opened its doors just 9 months ago. Alesso is writing about his experience in an exclusive TogetherLA series, Planting a Church in LA. This article is the third in a series. You can read the first of the series,...

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Planting a Church in LA: A Young Pastor’s Story

My wife and I moved to Central LA in December 2016 to begin the process of launching a new church in Silver Lake. BY ANDREW ALESSO Editor’s Note: Twenty-nine-year-old Andrew Alesso is the pastor of Thrive LA located in the Silver Lake area. The church opened its doors just 9 months ago. Alesso is writing about his experience in an exclusive TogetherLA series, Planting a Church in LA. This article...

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Summer Reading: TLA Stories of the Week

Our weekly summary of must-read stories at TogetherLA.net. [July 18, 2018] ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ Reminds Us That All Lives Matter BY JON GARCIA In a world where kindness toward our neighbors is severely lacking, Fred Rogers — Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood — is a reminder that everyone deserves to be loved. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a documentary recently released about the life of Rogers. The film chronicles his life and...

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Church Planting Questions From a Science Nerd

Wow! It’s hard to believe, but a few months ago we planted our 500th church! For an organization that is celebrating our 15th anniversary this year, this was a HUGE milestone. BY BOB CARLTON STADIA As you can imagine, after planting 500 churches in 15 years we’ve learned a few things along the way. We’ve learned a lot about what to do (and even more about what not to do). One thing...

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Stadia: Every Child To Experience Love of Jesus Through a Local Church

Stadia, a national church planting organization that places children as a priority, is working on its tenth collaborative church plant in the Los Angeles area, said executive Nathan Hawkins. “I get to visit a lot of great cities and there’s something unique about Los Angeles,” said Hawkins during a recent Together LA Facebook Live video stream (below). “I do believe it’s an epicenter of culture. It’s a place where people...

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Los Angeles Church Planting Movement Rally

Los Angeles Church Planting Movement Rally May 2018 May 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT Los Angeles Church Planting Movement Rally Thursday, May 17, 10 a.m. to Noon New City Church LA 514 SOUTH SPRING STREET, LOS ANGELES CA 90013 Gain insights from these church planting leaders: Kevin Haah of New City Church LA Albert Tate of Fellowship Monrovia Mike Ferrulli of First Christian Church of Huntington Beach Brannin Pitre of Grace Pasadena Rudy Hagood of University...

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Metro Cafe Highlights Santa Monica Church’s Unique Bottom Line

Outside, on the corner of 6th and Arizona, a sidewalk chalkboard sign with an arrow pointing toward a building’s entrance simply states that there’s “Fast Wi-fi,” and on the other side of the board a quote about coffee being the “lifeblood that fuels the dreams of champions.” UPDATE (1/31/18): Metro Cafe in the News – Leveling the paying field: LA cafe lets patrons choose prices – and hasn’t lost cash...

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Why I Planted a Church in My Former Hood

Four years ago, I planted RefugeLA in the heart of my hood, North Hollywood. I am a Los Angeles thoroughbred, but not the Los Angeles portrayed in the tabloids. To understand my Los Angeles, it would do you better to watch Boys in the Hood. Gangster rap was the soundtrack of my childhood. In my city, even the skateboarders were thugs. Joining a gang is the natural progression of troubled...

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Moving to LA: Pastor Josh Thompson on Planting Legacy City Church

STUDIO CITY — Pastor Josh Thompson of Legacy City Church doesn’t want his church or himself to be just another Johnny-Come-Lately. That’s often the case for ministries slain in the spiritual battlefield known as L. A. Legacy City launched just three years ago and Thompson confesses that the challenges are real, but it is the gospel message that sustains him. “I’m going to be here 20, 30, 40, 50 years,” Thompson,...

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Church Planting Legend Don Overstreet ‘Loved Everyone No Matter What’

Church planting legend Don Overstreet, who had a hand in launching more than 500 churches worldwide, many of which were in the Los Angeles area, went to be with Jesus Friday evening. “My father is at rest in the arms of his savior. He went in peace at 11:22pm Dec 8, 2017,” wrote Overstreet’s son, Kirk, in a Facebook post overnight early Saturday. Kirk Overstreet told TogetherLA.net that his dad,...

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