Reconcile Church Los Angeles (RLA) is a brand new family of Christians that have been reconciled to God and seek to reconcile Angelinos to God and ethnic groups to one another.
- We are MEDIATORS for Christ, entrusted with both the MESSAGE & MINISTRY of salvific and ethnic reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)
- We are MULTI-ETHNIC because Revelation 5:8-10; 7:9-11 pictures heaven as a multi-ethnic place
- We are MULTI-SOCIOECONOMIC because God does not show favoritism & neither do we (James 2:1-9)
- We are MISSIONAL because we are committed to the commission of making disciples (Matthew 28:18-20)
- We are MULTIPLICATIONAL because God has given us a glocal (local, global) vision for church planting from Los Angeles to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)
The New Testament portrays Jesus and the Apostles primarily engaged in two tasks: the proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel (Matt. 4:23-25, Acts 13:4-5). They articulated and incarnated the Good News. The Good News of Jesus Christ transforms lives, reconciles estranged relationships, and restores the broken places in our world. There is no substitute for the Gospel and we could not be more committed to these two tasks.
The Gospel is also fundamental to our endeavor to intentionally, intensely, & programmatically disciple our people well within a cohortative context, in order to unleash them to live on mission.
RLA has answered God's call to serve the third most ethnically diverse city in the world: Los Angeles. In compliance with God’s call on our lives, Mid-Wilshire, the most equally, ethnically diverse neighborhood in our county — located in the heart of Central Los Angeles will be our home base. Mid-Wilshire is a fascinating community, a confluence of several sectors:
- cultural centers
Mid-Wilshire is also the home of the famed Miracle Mile, a 1.5 mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Highland Avenues.
The vision for the multi-ethnic church was crafted by Jesus, cast by the Apostles, and is being caught in earnest in our day. Jesus commanded the Apostles to make disciples of the nations (Gentiles) as far as the ends of the earth (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). Gentile faith in God convinced Peter and Paul that the Kingdom was for all peoples (Acts 10-11, 13:46-49).
In the aftermath of the post-slavery period in America, followed by the desegregation of the South, there was always a whimper of hope that the church would be integrated as well. The church, like society, seemed impervious to integration. Civil Rights icons like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. John M. Perkins challenged the church to desegregate, but unfortunately today:
- 92.5% of local churches are still racially segregated
- American churches are 10x more segregated than the communities in which they are located
- American churches are also 20x more segregated than the local schools in their communities (Mark DeYmaz)
God has called and commissioned RLA to vanquish this reality and catalyze a new normal. Michael O. Emerson says, “In a nation with an unjust racial order, we need congregations that challenge that order (this is our God of justice). In a world of division, we need congregations that reflect oneness (this is our God of unity).”