People seeking a community-based ministry may want to visit Agape Church of Los Angeles.
The nondenominational fellowship, founded by Bishop Craig A. Worsham, opened August 13 with a focus on “building the people in the church to go out and build up people outside the church and spread the word of God.”
Explaining Agape L.A.’s mission, Worsham said, “Our purpose is simple. We’re governed by the L’s: love, liberty, lifting. We give unconditional love regardless of where you come from; you can come to our church through worship and teaching opportunities and be lifted. Also, you can be liberated. We can provide the tangible programs and tools that you need if you’re living in oppression.”
Currently, Agape holds services in the main ballroom of Consolidated Plaza, 4725 Don Felipe Dr., in Los Angeles. Sunday School is held at 10 a.m. and Sunday worship is at 11 a.m. Children’s Church and a nursery are also available.
Weekday activities include Bible Institute on Mondays at 7 p.m., Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Bible Study for men, women and young people every first Saturday at 10 a.m.
As for community programs, Worsham aims to offer resources to aid homeless veterans as well as educational workshops on first-time home buying, estate planning and health and wellness. In the long-term, he and Agape members will work to secure their own facility, construct a supportive housing development for vets and operate a Christian school.
“My heart’s passion and desire is what do we do after the benediction, so I decided to launch out there and do something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Worsham, who most recently was pastor of People’s Independent Church of Christ (PICC).
His four-year term at PICC was marked by spiritual and numerical success. Membership increased by 200+, a Millennial-focused worship service was formed, a homeless outreach ministry was implemented and the Logos Bible Institute was established. Also, the church hosted several notable leaders including Senator Kamala Harris, Congresswomen Maxine Waters, Karen Bass, and Diane Watson, Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
“I had a great experience at People’s Independent and I am standing with them as they continue to forge ahead in the work of the Lord.
“And now, I am confidently moving in the direction and operating in the gifts that God has given me. I’m excited about His plans for Agape L.A.,” he said.
Gwendolyn Reed and Gloria Gibson share Worsham’s enthusiasm about the new church. Reed said, “I am one of Bishop’s biggest advocates. I believe he’s sincere in his ministry and he truly reaches out to people. He gives of himself and helps his congregation to be the best Christians that they can.”
Gibson added, “I’m excited about the church and looking forward to growth and stability. I think he’s a wonderful leader. I plan to serve as an usher and just be as supportive as I can.”
Encouraging the community to visit Agape L.A., Worsham said, “We welcome believers, nonbelievers, the unchurched and those who want to see and feel the word of God come alive with tangible programs and resources to worship with us.”
To learn more, call Agape L.A. at (323) 295-5571.