About

Vision

“To be and make disciples in authentic community for the good of the world, in the presence and power of Jesus.”

To be and make disciples – We envision men, women, and children who live as deeply devoted students of Jesus. They are becoming real – transformed from the inside out. They live in this world, but belong to another. They are learning to live their lives as Jesus would live them, and are free from legalistic rule-keeping, phony posturing, plastic spirituality, attempts to earn the favor of God and people, and from bashing themselves and others. Their lives result in others becoming followers of Jesus as well.

In authentic community – We envision a loving, authentic community of people who want to come closer to God. They do life deeply together. They have been immersed in the reality of the Trinity, and are part of the great family of saints that transcends the bounds of race, gender, age, social status, culture, and time. They journey together, encouraging, challenging, carrying, and pushing one another. They are deeply aware that they have received compassion from God, and they give it generously to everyone they encounter.

For the good of the world – We envision an outward-focused community, eagerly looking to share what they have received. Their lives overflow in compassionate service and in the proclamation of the good news of Jesus: that the Kingdom of God is available to all! They are ambassadors of God’s Kingdom, placed in society as students, teachers, laborers, and professionals. They carry Christ with them into every area of life. Their unique giftedness is used to carry out God’s mission in the local church, and in numerous churches planted, from the South Bay to the farthest corners of the planet.

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In the presence and power of Jesus – We envision people who live an authentic spirituality, intimately connected to Jesus. The real and present life of Christ alive in them is transforming them into the people God always envisioned them to be. They move in the strength of the Spirit, carrying out God’s purposes for them and growing in love with God and with people. They live with grateful hearts, as those who have learned how to receive a gift. Their thankfulness spills out in awe-filled lives of passionate worship and an outflowing of God’s grace.

Core Values

  • biblical (up) – God has revealed himself through the Scriptures, which are our source of authority for life and worship
  • devotional (in–  nothing is more important than a love relationship with Jesus
  • missional (out mission is why the church exists
  • connectional (together)  – authentic, loving community is the context for mission
  • bravehearts ��� courageous faith
  • contextualization – cultural relevance is not optional
  • grace-full – we will live in the abundant grace of God, freely receiving it and freely giving it away

Beliefs

Life Covenant Church is committed to the historic Christian faith as it is expressed in the Bible and understood by the church through the centuries. Our faith is best expressed by historic documents such as the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds [see below].

We want our faith journey to be characterized by dialogue, openness, respectful disagreement, unity on essentials of the faith, and space for multiple views on non-essential issues. We hope as we journey to find ways to articulate the classic Christian faith in fresh ways.

Our denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church, has historically emphasized six distinctives, summarized here:

  1. The centrality of the Word of God – Believing God speaks to us through the Scriptures, we seek to put ourselves under the authority of his word, living as a biblical community.
  2. The necessity of the new birth – Salvation comes by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. When one enters into relationship with Jesus they become new creations – no longer dead but alive in Christ.
  3. A commitment to the whole mission of the church – Our call as followers of Jesus is to share and live out our faith in both words and actions, evangelism and compassion.
  4. The church as a fellowship of believers – The church is not an institution but an organism. We exist as a family, intimately connected to one another because of our shared connection to Christ.
  5. A conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit – The Christian life is a relationship. We look to the real presence of God with us to guide, empower, strengthen, comfort, challenge, fill, and change us.
  6. The reality of freedom in Christ – In those areas in which the Scriptures have not spoken clearly, we make efforts to remain united while allowing one another to hold differing beliefs.

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“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity.”
– St. Augustine

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty;
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only begotten Son of God,
Begotten of the Father before all worlds;
God of God, Light of Light,
Very God of Very God,
Begotten, not made,
Being of one substance with the Father;
By whom all things were made;
Who, for us men and for our salvation,
Came down from heaven,
And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
And was made man;
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered and was buried;
And the third day he rose again,
According to the Scriptures;
And ascended into heaven,
And sits on the right hand of the Father;
And he shall come again, with glory,
To judge both the quick and the dead;
Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life;
Who proceeds from the Father [and the Son];
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
Who spoke by the prophets.
And we believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
And we look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

History

Life Covenant Church started in June 2003 in Tim and Samantha Morey’s living room. About 35 people from several local churches came together that summer with the dream of starting an intergenerational church that would seek out the emerging generations in the South Bay. We spent the summer praying, planning, and dreaming, began monthly worship gatherings and small group meetings in September of that year, and in January 2004 began meeting every week for worship.

This church was born out of the prayers and dreams of a number of people. For years, Tim had felt called by God to plant a church that sought to reach and make disciples of the younger, more postmodern generations. When he, with his wife Samantha, moved to Los Angeles to serve as a college pastor in 1998, there was a dream that out of that ministry would come a new church. Over the years, the call became clearer, and God called out key leaders to join them. By the time Life was launched, a strong core of servant leaders also felt God’s call to step out in faith and launch a missional congregation in the city of Torrance.

Life started with some great DNA. Several months before its launch, a significant source of funding disappeared, and a decision had to be made on whether we believed God was in this or not. Future members of this church stepped up and made financial sacrifices to see the launch happen, and God provided an amazing source of funding through a one hundred year old church in Northern California farm country that had been praying God would allow them to impact the next generation. Scott and Karen Buetzow stepped out in faith, choosing for Scott to come on part time as Associate Pastor even though there was not yet a foreseeable paycheck. This spirit of faith and sacrifice has continued as members of Life give generously of their time, sweat, and financial resources to see this church be a place where faith is lived out.

Since the church began, God has provided above and beyond our needs. Space is hard to find in the South Bay, but every time we have moved God has provided wonderfully (for each of our five moves). God has brought together amazing people in this church. Life has a beautiful diversity among people of different ages. While the largest portion of the church are young people, we have been blessed beyond belief with “mothers and fathers��� in the faith – those seasoned in life and ministry who have chosen to invest themselves in this community. Life wouldn’t exist without these amazing servants! Life has a phenomenal team of leaders – pastors and elders (our Vision Team), ministry team and small group leaders (our Frontlines Team) – and scores of amazing servants eager to give themselves to the work of ministry. God has graced us with amazing community. The bond between people as they serve, worship, eat, play, and pray together has been amazing.

God’s provision has also been seen in the faithful giving of this church, as we have been able to go beyond paying the bills to launching four new churches locally (Catalyst in Westchester, Restoration in Redlands, Crave Life in Norwalk, and Kehila in Culver City), and fifteen churches in Mozambique where we also serve in microenterprise development, theological education, and orphanage work.

Our Dreams

As our vision states, we dream of changed people. We want to be people who look like Jesus, leaning into his work of transforming us into his image. If this is happening, it means we will be agents of change as well – living as God�����s missionary people in and beyond the South Bay – helping people come to faith in Christ, and celebrating the kingdom of God as it breaks in around us.

If the Lord blesses us with growth, we hope to express that growth primarily through planting more churches. Our prayer, hope, burden, and dream is that God would allow us to plant 1000 churches around the world. In our early years, we hope to plant a church every year, and hopefully even more than that in the years to come (all of which would also be committed to planting more churches). To date we have been blessed to plant twenty additional churches, and look forward to more in the near future.

We believe that when we pray “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” that a responsibility falls on us to do our part to make this prayer a reality. At Life we feel a special burden and call toward the continent of Africa. The crushing poverty and AIDS pandemic make it, in our opinion, the crisis of our time that Christians must respond to. Through Opportunity International (www.opportunity.org), we are working to establish microenterprise in Mozambique. Through small loans, those who have no means of supporting themselves are given the opportunity to start a small business and provide for themselves with hope and dignity. In addition to loans, Opportunity provides training for its clients in how to run a business, AIDS awareness, the importance of getting one’s children educated (to break the cycle of poverty before it is passed on to the next generation), basic banking services, life and crop insurance, etc. Our congregation has been extremely generous in this, and to date we have given enough to see about two thousand families given the means to support themselves and begin the journey out of poverty.

Our work in Mozambique has expanded to include fifteen churches, all led by Mozambicans (Mozambique is the least churched country in southern Africa, and home to three people groups who have no church presence), and an amazing orphanage/community center which is caring for children at risk.

We dream of being used of the Lord to bring change locally and globally, and pray that he will make us the kind of church that if it ever closed its doors the city would rise up in protest.

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SUNDAYS @ 10:00AM

Meeting at 308 Maple Ave, Torrance, CA 90503
Parking and entrance in the back.

info@life-covenant.com
310-872-9423

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