In Los Angeles we want to see our neighborhoods transformed by the presence of Jesus, who is making all things new!
It is our privilege to live in Central Los Angeles and to join with God in his mission of redemption and love.
Our primary calling is to make disciples of Jesus in our neighborhoods of Westlake and Pico Union. We also are committed to walk with our community in holistic development, seeking a better life for all. Finally, we focus on developing missional leaders in our community.
Some of the things we are pursuing in this season are:
• Facilitating ‘Discovery Bible Studies’ and training local churches and neighbors in effective discipleship
• We are hosting youth art classes in a few of our buildings, cultivating an environment for healing and creativity
• The Los Angeles Book Collective, which is part of a bigger vision of catalyzing economic development, wealth creation, and biblical training in stewardship
In 1992 a group of missionaries (who had lived in the neighborhood since 1987) joined InnerCHANGE and became the Los Angeles team.
Broadly speaking the ministries that emerged over the years were based around either community building and organizing or church planting and renewal. Some of the fruit of our history include: empowering neighbors living in a slum property to address their living conditions and eventually take ownership of the building and transform it themselves; in a city that is fractured by racial hatred and individualism organizing a “March for Jesus” with local pastors from multiple denominations/socio-economic backgrounds, 10,000 plus Christians walked the streets worshipping, bystanders wept as they saw a testament of hope in the reconciliatory love of Christ; mentoring young adults in educational growth and holistic maturity enabling them to be accepted into college and pass on their success to their neighbors children; using art in discipling graffiti artists and taggers, those whom the local church had abandoned found sanctuary at Magee's donut shop on Friday nights.