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ABOUT US

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VISION + MISSION

VISION

Our Vision is a Los Angeles where every person has experienced the life changing power of the gospel.

MISSION

Our Mission is to help the people of Los Angeles know Jesus, grow in faith, and go into the world equipped to serve.

ABOUT US

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LEADERSHIP

STAFF

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Trevor DeBenning
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Timothy Jang
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Jens Madsen
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John Austin Helm

ELDERS

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Trevor DeBenning
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David Oulashian
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Wes Turnbow
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Vinod Pakianathan
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Nathan Crow
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BELIEFS

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OUR APPROACH

WE SEEK UNITY IN ESSENTIAL BELIEFS

EPHESIANS 4:2-6

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit - just as you were called - one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."

 

WE VALUE LIBERTY IN NON-ESSENTIAL BELIEFS

1 TIMOTHY 1:5

"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters. Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fuly convince in his own mind. So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God."

 

WE PURSUE LOVE IN ALL THINGS

JOHN 13:34-35

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

BELIEFS

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ESSENTIAL BELIEFS

THE TRINITY

Romans 8; Ephesians 1:13-14

There is one God, eternally existing in three co-equal Persons, namely the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

JESUS

1 Corinthians 15:1-8

God, out of love for His children, sent His son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and to rise from the dead.

 

SALVATION

Romans 3:23, 6:23; John 3:16

Salvation is a free gift of God. The death of Christ on the cross is the only sufficient payment for our sins. All have sinned, but all can be saved. This salvation is available for any who put their trust in Christ as Savior and follow Him as Lord.

Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38

Those trusting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith, and be baptized.

 

THE CHURCH

Ephesians 4:1-16

The church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit to continue the task of reaching the lost and discipling the saved, helping them become fully devoted followers of Christ.

 

SECOND COMING

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Christ will one day return and reign forever.

 

ETERNAL LIFE OR SEPARATION

John 3:16; John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:10,15

When we die, we will either be separated from God by sin or united with Him eternally through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

 

THE BIBLE

2 Timothy 3:16

The Bible is the inspired word of God and is the final authority in life and doctrine.

SUNDAYS

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WHAT TO EXPECT

SONG

When we gather on Sunday mornings, we join together in song. We sing new songs, old songs, hymns, and choruses that all point to the glory of our living God. Our aim is God-honoring, God-glorifying, God-exalting, gospel-centered worship.

PRAYER

Prayer is essential to our gatherings. Depending on the season we have Calls to Worship, Prayers of Confession, Prayers of Petition, and more. We also have avenues for you to get individualized prayer from our team.

WORD

Every Sunday we hear the good news of Jesus proclaimed and applied to everyday life through the Bible. Not only do we regularly walk through books of the Bible verse-by-verse, we occasionally tackle questions and issues facing the lives of those in our church, city, and world. More than anything else, we seek to elevate the hope offered to us in and through Jesus for this life and the life beyond.

TABLE

In every Sunday service we take communion. We participate in this ancient act of eating the bread of Christ’s body, drinking the cup of Christ’s blood, and remembering His death and resurrection until he comes again. We welcome all people to join us for our Sunday morning service, but we request that communion is only taken by those who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  

SUNDAYS

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SERMONS

COMMUNITY GROUPS

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JOIN A GROUP

COMMUNITY GROUPS

We belive that connecting weekly with others in living rooms and coffee shops throughout the city is vital to developing the kind of community we were made for. Our community groups are more than just opportunities to connect through prayer and Scripture, we seek to develop genuine friendship through the sharing of life together. In groups we're likely to discuss the latest performance at the Hollywood Bowl, the sports teams we're rooting for, or our favorite shows to watch on Netflix.

That being said, our Community Groups are always fundamentaly about helping one another to follow Jesus faithfully. We want to play together – Yes! – but we also want to pray together. On any given night we spend time praying that we'll live out the truths highlighted in Sunday's sermon, over our church and its ministries, and for one another.

Let us know you’re interested below!

 

FAMILIES

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PARENTS

THIS IS A PLACE FOR YOUR FAMILY

The next generation is a top priority for us.

That's why we're hiring a Next Gen Director.

Interested or know someone interested in the position?

View the description here!

SERVE

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THE CHURCH

SERVE THE CHURCH

The church is a missions organization, and we think if Jesus showed up to church, the first thing he might say is “What can I do?” “How can I help?” Jesus himself commanded us to “serve one another.” We think there is no better way to “be like Jesus” than to serve one another, and so we invite folks to serve those who worship at the church and those who walk by the church every other week as we seek to be more like Jesus. If you want to serve with us at church, you can check out the area(s) below.

Worship

Children/Youth

Hospitality

SERVE

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THE CITY

SERVE THE CITY

Our desire is certainly to be an “outward” facing church. We want Los Angeles to be a better city because we’re here, to miss our presence when we are gone, and to have more exposure to the gospel when we’re around. As a result, we’re committed to serving the last, the lost, and least of our city on a quarterly basis. You can see the local organizations we partner with both financially and personally below.

Harvest Home

Claris

Salvation Army

SERVE DAY

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

WHEN AND WHERE WILL SERVE DAY BE?

  • Serve Day will be Saturday, Nov. 6 at various local partner sites. We'll meet at the Santa Monica Watergarden at 8A for a pre-Serve Day rally and then disperse to our sites. We'll reconvene at the Watergardens at 12P for a post-Serve Day celebration.

WHAT IF I CAN'T SERVE IN PERSON?

  • You can still participate! We have Drive-By/Drop-Off opportunities for gently used goods as well as Amazon Wish Lists created for our partners. See below in the "How Can I Participate" section.

WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO ARRIVE?

  • Please begin arriving at the Santa Monica Watergarden at 8A on Saturday morning.

WHAT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WILL BE IN PLACE?

  • Two of our sites will be serving indoors. While indoors these sites will implement:

    • Masks (required)
    • Social Distancing (required)
  • These sites have been informed to increase fresh air circulation by keeping:
    • Doors open
    • Windows open
    • Fans blowing

  • Three of our sites will be serving outdoors. These sites will implement:
    • Masks (optional)
    • Social Distacning (optional)

WILL THESE SITES BE FAMILY FRIENDLY?

  • Yes. All sites will be family friendly and non-people facing EXCEPT for Salvation Army. Teams at the Salvation Army will be assembling sack lunches and handing them out to those in need.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

  • You can participate in several ways:

    • Serving Onsite

    • Driving-By & Dropping-Off

    • Amazon Wish List

    • (Or any combination of the above three!)

We are looking forward to seeing on Saturday Nov. 6 at 8A!

SERVE

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THE WORLD

SERVE THE WORLD

“Make disciples of all nations” is a command we take seriously. Our church is committed to giving 10% of our annual income to missions that reach un-reached people groups, building hospitals in remote areas, developing schools in third-world countries, and much more. Since 2016 alone, we have given $235,000+ to international mission work.

To see the areas/regions we are involved in, you can take a look below.

Europe

Middle East

South America

Wycliffe Bible Translation

GIVE

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WHY

WE GIVE TOWARDS VISION

WE GIVE BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN A LOS ANGELES IN WHICH EVERY PERSON HAS EXPERIENCED THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF THE GOSPEL.

CURIOUS WHAT LAST YEAR WAS LIKE FOR OUR MINISTRIES AND HOW WE USED OUR FINANCES TO THOSE ENDS?

CHECK OUT THE YEAR-END REPORT BELOW!

YEAR-END REPORT

GIVE

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ONLINE

GIVE ONLINE BELOW

YOU CAN USE THE FORM BELOW TO GIVE ONLINE.

IT'S SAFE & SECURE - PLUS YOU'LL GET A CONFIRMATION EMAIL.

 

GIVE

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ONSITE

GIVE ONSITE BELOW

IF YOU PREFER TO WRITE CHECKS, BELOW YOU CAN FIND LINKS TO INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO HAVE YOUR BANK WRITE, CUT, AND SEND A CHECK DIRECTLY TO THE CHURCH OFFICE.

THIS IS A HASSLE-FREE WAY TO GIVE ONSITE.

PLEASE MAIL CHECKS TO:

2450 COLORADO AVE.

SUITE 100E

SANTA MONICA, CA 90404

GIVE

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EMPLOYER MATCHING

GIVE THROUGH BENEVITY

Our church is an IRS registered non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code and is also a certified charity registered with the Benevity corporate causes platform. Ask your employer about your corporate gift-matching program. You may be eligible to double your impact with matching funds. Please note that some employers also match volunteer hours towards charitable causes. Contact the info@risenchurch.com to learn more.

 

GIVE

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AMAZON SMILE

GIVE THROUGH AMAZON SMILE

AMAZON WILL DONATE 0.5% OF EVERY PURCHASE YOU MAKE TO THE CHURCH.

JUST SIGN UP WITH OUR CHURCH AS YOUR CHARITY, USE A BOOKMARK, AND YOU'RE ALL SET!

WORK

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JOBS + INTERNSHIPS

PLAN A VISIT

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JOIN US

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

Please make sure and pay careful attention to "Is there seating?" below.

WHEN AND WHERE WILL SERVICE BE?

  • We will be meeting John Adams Middle School off 16th St. in Santa Monica at 10A.

WHERE DO I NEED TO PARK?

  • The only entrance will be off 16th between Ocean Park & Pearl Street. There is plenty of street parking available.

WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO ARRIVE?

  • Please arrive by 9:45A to find your street parking (it's free), make your way to our outdoor venue, get checked-in for an attendance record. More on this below under “Is there seating?” 

WILL THERE BE SINGING?

  • Yes. In addition, masks are no longer required, but are optional for those that wish to continue wearing a mask. You will need to access our online program that has the song lyrics (rc.link).

WILL THERE BE COMMUNION?

  • Yes. We have single-serve, pre-packaged communion available.

WHAT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WILL BE IN PLACE?

  • As of June 15, guidelines have changed:

    • Social Distancing (optional)

    • Masks (optional)

    • Hand Sanitizer (still available)

    • Attendance Records (still checking-in for contact tracing)

WILL THERE BE A NURSERY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS, OR A CLASS FOR PRESCHOOLERS?

  • No. At this time, we are not able to have a designated classroom with volunteers to receive your infant/toddler/preschooler. However, there will be plenty of “wiggle” room in our outdoor venue if you need to spread out and have some unique space to be with your little ones while staying a part of the service.

WILL THERE BE A K-5TH GRADE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY OR YOUTH MINISTRY (MIDDLE-SCHOOL AND HIGH-SCHOOL) PROGRAMS?

  • Yes! We currently have a K-5th experience every Sunday and High School every other week during service. We are looking forward to expanding our offerings to include Toddler/PreK & Middle School soon!

WILL THERE STILL BE A LIVESTREAM THAT I CAN WATCH FROM HOME?

  • Yes. We will continue to LiveStream our service for those of you who are out of town or don’t quite feel comfortable just yet attending an outdoor, socially distanced gathering. 

IS THERE SEATING?

  • Our outdoor venue is a grassy field at John Adams Middle School. You will need to bring your own blanket or chairs to sit on.

WHAT IF I HAVE PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS AND CAN’T SIT ON THE GROUND OR BRING A CHAIR WITH ME?

  • There is a small amount of built-in seating that we are reserving solely for folks with physical needs who can’t otherwise bring chairs. If you are elderly, pregnant, or have other physical limitations, we will try to make sure there is a spot ready for you. Please email with questions or concerns so that we can help accommodate you.

WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS?

  • Yes. We do have restrooms available.

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR US?

  • We will be providing hand sanitizer, digital programs with lyrics, communion elements, and mini bottles of water.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ALONG WITH ME?

  • Please bring a blanket or chairs to sit on, your Bible, something to write with, whatever you need to have on hand for your children, and a first-time attender.

WHAT ABOUT INCLEMENT WEATHER?

  • Thankfully we live in Southern California and Sunday morning weather is doable 99% of the time. However, in the event of inclement weather or changes, we will be sending out text messages to cell phones the morning of the affected service. Please make sure we have your cell phone number by filling out this form.

HOW CAN I HELP?

  • Many of you are already playing a role in our Outdoor Venue preparation. If you’d like to help the evening of - please fill out this form and someone will be in touch with you!

 

We are looking forward to seeing on Sunday morning!

COVID-19

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UPDATES

What we’re doing to crate a safe environment during the Covid-19 pandemic:

We maintain full compliance with our host school, our local school district, and our county public health officials.

We meet outdoors with plenty of space.

We provide individually wrapped communion.

We provide hand sanitizer upon entry.

We provide masks for those that want, but do not have them.

We ask that you do not attend our service if you have any symptoms that may be related to Covid-19.

We provide a weekly live stream of the service each week for those who do not yet feel comfortable with in-person attendance.

We check in each attendee in order to notify them of a potential exposure.

We encourage people to wear masks who would like to do so.

We seek regular feedback from our guests to ensure that they felt both safe and welcome during their visit.

For our families and children specifically:

We go above and beyond our school district orders by mandating that all of our children’s volunteers wear a mask at all times in children’s programming.

We have asked our congregation to be extra cautious by giving additional space to those families with children under the age of twelve.

We have kept reserved space for those families who would like an additional amount of distancing.

We have visitors who tell us almost weekly that one of the reasons they come to our service is because of how safe it feels to meet outdoors. One of the things we get to tell them is that we’ve been outside for almost a full year, without a single incidence of community spread.