Today, we launched a new congregation of believers in Los Angeles called “Core Church.” We were thrilled to see 850 preople come on out for our first service. What was amazing was seeing some 65 people make commitments to follow Jesus Christ. That is an amazing response for a crowd that size.
This new work in LA is being led by Steve Wilburn. Steve has been on staff with us at Harvest for 14 years and attended our church for 25. He has led our High School Ministry for many yearsand has a great passion for a great city.
One of the things that fascinated me about this new church launch was that we got the word out almost completely through “new media” outlets like our website, e-blasts (mass emails), blogs and “tweets.” We also tagged our A New Beginning radio program, and Steve and did an interview with Frank Pastore on KKLA.
If you live in the LA area, check out this great new church. For more information on Core Church, click here.
An Amazing Story
One story that came to my attention from the first service at Core Church was of a man whose spiritual journey goes back at least 10 years. His father, a Christian, was dying of cancer. He asked his son to listen to some cassette tapes of some preacher before he went to heaven, but the son never did.
He had no interest in God or church at that point in his life.
Fast-forward 10 years now. The son noticed the signs up for Core Church in L.A Since he only lived two blocks away, he decided to check it out. Understand, this young man had never been to church!
So he takes his seat and Pastor Steve Wilburn introduces me as the speaker that day. This young man remembered my name from somewhere . . . Then it dawned on him that Greg Laurie was the name on the tapes his father had given him to listen to. Now he was listening to me in person.
Hey, better late then never!
Best of all, he went forward at the invitation and gave his life to Jesus Christ! Now that’s a story for the books!