Equal effort is pledged to strengthening the existing church and to the holistic recruiting, equipping, and sending of new church planters. Planting new churches, exploring new models, forging new paths for ministry to people groups both unreached and newly disenfranchised, through satellite congregations, emerging ministry points, bi-vocational leadership, the re-scripting of house churches for a new generation, and a willingness to wisely lead into the unknown in order to fulfill the gospel-call is the work of healthy biblical communities of holy people.
Altadena, The Table
This new worshiping community seeks to come alongside and to serve those in the North Pasadena/Northwest Altadena community, especially “at risk” students and those who are gang impacted. The community has communicated a deep desire to be reconciled. As we move more deeply into ministry, we do so continually seeking to be clear of our intention and desire to reconcile the world to God. In 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Scripture makes clear that this is God’s purpose through Jesus Christ. This intention springs to fulfillment as we share life together, in face-to-face relationships, and in building a community committed to the will and purpose of God. It is our hope that as we experience the power and presence of God’s love, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we extend this love, acceptance and support to our community thus witnessing the power and beauty of the Gospel.
We became aware of significant gang violence in the area after the murder of Brandon Jackson, a young man who inspired many of his classmates to personal and academic excellence, who was gunned down on the streets of Altadena on February 12, 2011. We began an outreach to support students who desired to choose life over a culture of death. During the weeks after the funeral, David Williams, Pastor Debra’s husband, initiated a response to this senseless violence with something that would positively impact the many “at risk” students in the area while also recognizing the ways in which Brandon was making good choices before he was murdered. Joined by various members of what has become the church plant’s core team, the annual Brandon Jackson Memorial Scholarship and Basketball Shootout was initiated. Since the summer of 2011, approximately $30,000 in scholarships have been awarded to young men and women graduating
from high school through funds raised through these efforts. Recognizing education as a vehicle that can change the trajectory of a young person’s life, this movement also invites these young students to think beyond their present circumstances and into a future that continuing education can help create. It also rallies a grieving community and introduces many to the love of a Living God that not only comforts us in mourning but transforms lives.
Azusa, Embrace Church
Embrace Church was founded in 2014 by Mario Bravo-Lamas. Last year we initiated a process of church planting directed to second and third generation Hispanics in the city of Azusa. Our principal target is to push and to join the new generations to grow in the love of God, to worship him, and reach and serve others.
Long Beach, Side by Side
Founded in 2014 by Calvin Tatupu. As a church plant of just over one year old, we are multiplying missional leaders. We have 5 leaders who are honing the gifts and talents that God has given them, to raise up a community of faith. These leaders are in training and training others to take the love of God not just to our community but into our community.
The vision of the church is to be a ministry that develops people into winners of a new era, by focusing up to praise, unto worship, out to witnessing into warfare, and praying to mobilize warriors who will win the lost to Christ.
Rather than being shaped by large events, Side by Side has been shaped by incremental changing of many hearts to reach outside of the walls of the church to touch church-outsiders with the love of God. We have been shaped and called to come along side other churches, community and civic organizations to reach the hurting and outcast of our city.
Newhall, Heavenly Springs
Founded in 2012 by Godfrey Twahirwa. Our vision for “Heavenly Springs Church” is to see God raise up a great, strong local Church, which shall bring praise and glory to Him, and fulfill His will and purposes. This Vision includes:
- The implementation of personal evangelism through door-to-door and street witnessing.
- Execution of mass evangelism via the use of multi-media.
- Seeing families united, cared for, and trained in the church through the married couples class, the singles class, and a vibrant children and youth program.
- Seeing people prosper financially through understanding of and obedience to the teaching of God’s word concerning prosperity.
- To minister healing to the sick and deliverance to those who are bound by bad habits.
- Seeing a body of believers who are in a committed relationship with God, who love, share, and care for each other in New Covenant relationship.
- To establish a strong ministry of prayer and intercession, knowing that our enemies are not of flesh and blood, but spiritual.
Santa Maria, Renuevo FMC
Santa Barbara FMC partnered with the FMCSC to provide support for their RENUEVO FMC plant in Santa Maria. On Sunday morning, January 11, 2015, Mario and Laura Romani, assisted by their daughters Stephanie and Amy and their new congregation officially launched their church! After several months in their home, and then several months in the school auditorium, they distributed thousands of invitations and announced it on Mario’s Telemundo TV show that they were now launching their Spanish-language worship service.
The first service began with meaningful, powerful worship choruses led by their daughter Stephanie and including Laura and Amy as singers along with excellent musicians. They had four testimonies from members whose lives have been transformed by God’s power, recounting several moments of God’s miraculous intervention. There was a time of dedication as Supt. Denny prayed for Pastor and Pastora Mario and Laura. Pastor Mario then taught God’s word with a clear call for the people from Him. The service then concluded with a dramatic recitation of a poem describing how God cares for us in difficult times.
Following the service the entire congregation of around 90 people shared a delicious meal together and got better acquainted. The entire day was a wonderful time of worship and fellowship as this new congregation comes of age.