We gather in a building...an old building. But Central Avenue Church is far more than brick, wood, and glass.
We are a group of people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, orientations, ages, and denominations,
who believe that being a church should be about more than having a list of things we disagree with.

Also, we think Jesus is pretty cool. In fact, we think Jesus is the hope of the world.

On Sunday mornings, we come together to grow, to learn, to worship, to love, and to seek God alongside one another.
And throughout the week, we try to live out what it means to follow Christ by serving the marginalized in our community, by engaging
and investing in authentic relationships, and by studying the scriptures and the nature of God.

Sundays at 10am

What’s Happening

Core Values

Missional

We believe that our mission reaches far beyond the four walls of our church building. We seek to be servants of Christ throughout our community and world. We are deeply committed to acts of service to the poor, marginalized, and oppressed and we strive to cultivate an attitude of service in every facet of our lives.

Relational

We understand God to be profoundly relational. Out of an overflow of love and grace, God chose to enter into relationship with us. We hope to never stop discovering what the proper response to such love and grace looks like. We know that part of it looks like loving our neighbors as ourselves. So we try to do just that.

Intellectual

We believe in a God who is even bigger than the boxes we try to put him in. As we try to understand God more fully, we are committed to seeking truth and having an intellectual approach to Scripture and our world. We believe we are called to ask the difficult questions of our faith and to continually work toward discerning the direction God is moving his church in this world.

About


What does the Lord require of you but to do justice,
and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.
- Micah 6:8

Our community finds a shared vision in the instruction of Micah 6:8. We seek to shape our identity and purpose in light of these instructions:

“do justice…” God is decidedly against injustice, so we seek to be as well. We work towards this end by being a missional presence in our community;
providing supplies, service, and care to our oppressed, underprivileged, and marginalized neighbors.

“love kindness…” Jesus urged his followers to be known by their love. We do our best to exemplify this command by being relational
and recognizing the importance of authentic and loving human connection.

“walk humbly…” We don’t have all of the answers. And fortunately for us, we were never meant to. We do believe that God is sufficient
in all things though, and that he reveals truth in many different ways. While we think that the most complete example of truth is
found in the person of Jesus, we believe that all truth is God’s truth. So, whether it is found in various fields of study,
or in different cultures and perspectives, we are committed to humbly seeking truth together.

  • Grow

    Small Groups offer an opportunity to join in study together in a more intimate and conversational setting. Small groups are intentionally relational, providing opportunities to invest in each other's lives and build community. Our small groups are always open, which means you don’t have to wait for a new study to begin to join and you don’t have to commit to any measure of attendance. Come as you are.

    Community Events offer chances for the whole church to gather together in fellowship. We host a monthly community meal specifically to that end. We also gather for outside activities like hiking, beach trips, and Dodgers games – small manifestations of our drive to be relational.

    Men’s Ministry sets up monthly opportunities for men of all ages at Central Avenue Church to get together, usually centering on food and a short teaching.

    Women’s Ministry offers monthly opportunities for women of all ages to connect with one another and grow together in life and faith.

  • Bridge

    Through Bridge Ministry, we seek to actively participate in and further the Kingdom of God by identifying and meeting the needs of our community; creating bridges into people’s lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

    We are committed to providing frequent opportunities to serve the poor and marginalized in our community and we partner with local ministries in order be God’s hands and feet in this world. We are committed to helping those with the most basic needs through our care kit ministry. But our care for those in need does not end with the homeless. We are also committed to addressing the real physical needs of those within our worshiping community, and to caring for our world.

    We are convinced that it is when we reach out in humble acts of service to our neighbors that the love of Christ is most vividly put on display.

  • Serve

    There are many ways to get involved at Central Avenue Church. We have opportunities for both leadership and service in:

    Children’s Ministry
    Youth Ministry
    Worship Ministry
    Media and Sound Ministry
    Bridge Ministry
    Hospitality Ministry

Leadership at Central Avenue Church

We are a priesthood of believers who recognize that the gifts and attributes of leadership
are found among many different people – not just the ones with microphones.
Some of the leaders that help to organize current ministry areas are:

Laren Olson – Men’s Ministry
Luda Olson – Children’s Ministry
Melody Daily – Elder/Women’s Ministry
Jake Daily – Elder
Collin Wedel – Elder
Abe Scheurmann – Elder
Bob English – Associate Pastor
Charis Wedel – Worship and Arts
Max Wedel – Pastor of Worship and Arts
Aaron Van Voorhis – Preaching Pastor

Resources

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We are thankful for the committed support of our members and attenders. Your gifts of time, talent, and financial resources are what allow us to partner together in serving our community at Central Avenue, in Los Angeles, and throughout the world. We come together as a community from diverse places and with different resources. Knowing this, you will never be asked to make a specific pledge and will feel no pressure to give financially. In whatever way you give to Central Avenue Church we simply ask you to give faithfully from whatever God is doing in your own circumstances.


  A Selection of Messages: (all recent messages available here on our iTunes Podcast)

June 8, 2014 - The Minor Prophets: Amos, Pastor Aaron Van Voorhis
March 23, 2014 - How To Be A Mystic, Pastor Aaron Van Voorhis
January 19, 2014 - Faith, Love, and our LGBT Sisters and Brothers, Pastor Aaron Van Voorhis


  Here are some books we think are worth checking out:  

  Polkinghorne-questions-of-truth Questions of Truth: 51 Responses to Questions About God, Science, and Belief, by John Polkinghorne  

  Rollins-idolatry-of-god The Idolatry of God, by Peter Rollins  

   Bonhoeffer-letters-and-papers Letters And Papers From Prison, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Excerpts available for free download here)  

  Bonhoeffer-life-together Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer  

  Wright-surprised-by-hope Surprised by Hope, by NT Wright



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725 North Central Avenue
Glendale, California 91203
E-mail: info@centralavenuechurch.org
Phone Number: (818) 572-2213

Sundays @ 10:00am