The possibilities of kingdom advancement are plentiful. What would it look like to partner with other churches, networks, and ministries to multiply disciples throughout the city? To collaborate with the abundance of emerging church plants? To help mobilize the existing churches longing to grow in evangelism and disciple-making? To work with ministries planting house churches amongst the ethnic enclaves of LA?
A movement here would reach the ends of the earth. Beyond the influence of Hollywood and the wealth and resources of LA live some of the most unreached and least reached ethnicities of the world. Los Angeles is home to people from over 140 countries who speak 224 languages in ethnic communities like Koreatown, Tehrangeles, Chinatown, Thai Town, Little Armenia, Little Ethiopia and Little Tokyo. The greater LA metro area holds more than 300 people groups and languages with over 500 Buddhist centers, 300 Islamic centers, 83 Jewish centers, and 70 Hindu centers. We have a heart to see Jesus worshipped within every tribe, tongue, and nation, and we can pursue that even here.
God is at work in LA. We want to join him.
Amidst the haze of palm trees, surrounded by pristine beaches and soaring mountains lives 4 million people within the city of Los Angeles and 18 million within the surrounding counties. While known for its Hollywood stereotypes and beauty-conscious culture, LA is filled with God's image from all walks of life. Its 270 eclectic neighborhoods boast a world of different ethnicities and varying socio-economic status. It's a city of stark contrasts. The wealthiest people in the world live near or amongst 58,000 homeless. It's a city of progress and change yet filled with racial tension and gentrification. A city of passion and dreams yet often driven by ego and money, running on a fear of failure, a fear of being alone, and in a desperate search for validation.
“‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:24-35).
In a city consumed with things that will fade, there is great need for the good news to be preached, for people to live for a better story, a greater glory, and an eternal kingdom.