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ABOUT US

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VISION + MISSION

WHO WE ARE

Risen is a Bible-believing, gospel-preaching, Jesus-following church seeking the good of Los Angeles, CA.

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
  • Lead Pastor
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Timothy Jang
  • Pastor
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Jens Madsen
  • Music/Tech
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John Austin Helm
  • Operations
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Now Hiring
  • Families Director

ELDERS

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Trevor DeBenning
  • Lead Pastor
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Timothy Jang
  • Pastor
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David Oulashian
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Wes Turnbow
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Vinod Pakianathan
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Nathan Crow

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 fully convinced 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.

SERVICES

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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.  

SERVICES

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SERMONS

CHRISTMAS EVE

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CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON CHRISTMAS EVE?

WHEN AND WHERE WILL SERVICE BE?

  • We will be meeting at Olympic High School off Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica at 5P.

WHERE DO I NEED TO PARK?

  • There is parking lot available plus plenty of street parking.

WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO ARRIVE?

  • Please arrive by 4:45P to find your parking spot and grab a seat.

WILL THERE BE SINGING?

  • Yes. We will be singing Christmas songs together.

WILL THERE BE COMMUNION?

  • No. We do not offer Communion on Christmas Eve but will on Christmas Day at our 10A service.

WILL THERE BE A PROGRAMMING FOR NURSERY THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL?

  • No. Christmas Eve will be a Family Service, which means the whole family will attend together. We will have plenty of space and wiggle room in the back for parents with children 0-6 years old plus an area designated to store strollers.

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 feeling under the weather.

WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS?

  • Yes. We do have restrooms available.

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR US?

  • We will be providing hand sanitizer and masks if you would like.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ALONG WITH ME?

  • Your Bible, something to write with, and whatever you need to have on hand for your children. Also, feel free to bring a friend with you!

HOW CAN I HELP?

  • If you’d like to help set up or tear down - please fill out this form and someone will be in touch with you!

 

We are looking forward to seeing you on Christmas Eve at 5P!

CHRISTMAS + NEW YEARS DAY

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UNPLUGGED

WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON CHRISTMAS + NEW YEARS DAY?

WHEN AND WHERE WILL SERVICE BE?

  • We will be meeting at Olympic High School off Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica at 10A.

WHERE DO I NEED TO PARK?

  • There is a parking lot available plus plenty of street parking.

WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO ARRIVE?

  • Please arrive by 9:45A to find your parking spot and grab a seat.

WILL THERE BE SINGING?

  • Yes. This will be an unplugged service in which we will be singing songs together along with acoustic instruments.

WILL THERE BE COMMUNION?

  • Yes. We offer pre-packaged communion at all of our Sunday morning services.

WILL THERE BE A PROGRAMMING FOR NURSERY-HIGH SCHOOL?

  • No. Christmas and New Years Day will be Family Services, which means the whole family will attend together. We will have plenty of space and wiggle room in the back for parents with children 0-6 years old plus an area designated to store strollers.

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

  • No. We plan on pausing the LiveStream on Christmas and New Years Day, and then resuming the livestream when we kick-off our Holy Spirit series Jan. 8th.

WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS?

  • Yes. We do have restrooms available.

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR US?

  • We will be providing hand sanitizer and masks if you would like.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ALONG WITH ME?

  • Your Bible, something to write with, and whatever you need to have on hand for your children. Also, feel free to bring a friend with you!

HOW CAN I HELP?

  • If you’d like to help set up or tear down - please fill out this form and someone will be in touch with you!

 

We are looking forward to seeing you on Christmas and New Years Day at 10A!

GROUPS

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COMMUNITY GROUPS

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!

 

GROUPS

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MEN

We have a vision for a Los Angeles in which every man has experinced the life-changing power of the gospel.

We want to help the men of Los Angeles know Jesus, grow in faith, and go serve.

Sign up for our Men's emai list below to stay in the loop.

GROUPS

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WOMEN

We have a vision for a Los Angeles in which every woman has experinced the life-changingn power of the gospel.

We want to help the women of Los Angeles know Jesus, grow in faith, and go serve.

Sign up for our Women's emai list below to stay in the loop.

FAMILIES

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PARENTS

THIS IS A PLACE FOR YOUR FAMILY

FAMILIES ARE A TOP PRIORITY FOR US.

THAT'S WHY WE'RE HIRING A FAMILIES DIRECTOR.

INTERESTED OR KNOW SOMEONE INTEREST IN THE POSITION?

SEE AND SHARE HERE.

 

FAMILIES

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TODDLER + PRE-K

OUR TODDLER + PRE-K IS BOOMING

WE CURRENTLY HAVE A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR TODDLER/PRE-K (1-3 YEARS OLD).

THEY GATHER OUTSIDE IN A GATED, SHADED, GRASSY AREA WITH PLENTY OF GAMES AND ACTIVITIES TO KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED.

AS WE HIRE A FAMILY DIRECTOR, OUR GOAL IS TO BUILD THIS EXPERIENCE OUT TO BE EVEN MORE GOSPEL-CENTERED.

SEE AND SHARE HERE.

FAMILIES

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WEEKLY CURATED EXPERIENCES FOR K-5TH

OUR K-5TH GRADERS HAVE A CURATED EXPERIENCE EVERY WEEK INCLUDING:

SECURE CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT

GAMES & ACTIVITES

SERMON-BASED TEACHING & INSTRUCTION

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION & APPLICATION

WE'RE ALSO HIRING FOR THIS POSITION TO HELP DISCIPLE FAMILIES AND REACH STUDENTS MORE EFFECTIVELY.

SEE AND SHARE HERE.

FAMILIES

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MIDDLE SCHOOL

MIDDLE SCHOOL SMALL GROUPS

OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL (CURRENTLY) MEETS EVERY OTHER WEEK ON SUNDAY MORNINGS TO CONNECT AROUND THE GOSPEL.

TIME FOR LIGHT FOOD AND CONNECTING.

TIME FOR READING & DISCUSSION.

TIME FOR ENCOURAGEMENT AND PRAYER.

WE'RE ALSO HIRING FOR THIS POSITION TO HELP DISCIPLE FAMILIES AND REACH STUDENTS MORE EFFECTIVELY.

SEE AND SHARE HERE.

FAMILIES

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HIGH SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL SMALL GROUPS

OUR HIGH SCHOOL (CURRENTLY) MEETS EVERY OTHER WEEK ON SUNDAY MORNINGS TO CONNECT AROUND THE GOSPEL.

TIME FOR LIGHT FOOD AND CONNECTING.

TIME FOR READING & DISCUSSION.

TIME FOR ENCOURAGEMENT AND PRAYER.

WE'RE ALSO HIRING FOR THIS POSITION TO HELP DISCIPLE FAMILIES AND REACH STUDENTS MORE EFFECTIVELY.

SEE AND SHARE 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. 5th at various local partner sites. We'll meet at the Santa Monica Watergarden at 8A for a pre-Serve Day rally + breakfast and then disperse to our sites. We'll reconvene at the Watergardens at 12P for a post-Serve Day celebration + lunch.

WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO ARRIVE?

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

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?

We are looking forward to seeing on Saturday Nov. 5th 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 CRYPTO BELOW

YOU CAN USE THE FORM BELOW TO GIVE CRYPTO AS WELL.

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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

(PLEASE NOTE: DELIVERY, RECEPTION, AND DEPOSIT MAY TAKE UP TO 3 WEEKS FROM SCHEDULED DATE.)

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!

EXTRAS

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BOOKS + PODCASTS

WORK

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JOBS + INTERNSHIPS

PLAN A VISIT

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SUNDAY MORNINGS

WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON SUNDAY MORNINGS?

WHEN AND WHERE WILL SERVICE BE?

  • We will be meeting at Olympic High School off Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica at 10A.

WHERE DO I NEED TO PARK?

  • There is parking lot available plus plenty of street parking.

WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO ARRIVE?

  • Please arrive by 9:45A to find your parking spot and grab a seat.

WILL THERE BE SINGING?

  • Yes. In addition, masks are no longer required, but are optional for those that wish to continue wearing a mask.

WILL THERE BE COMMUNION?

  • Yes. We offer single-serve, pre-packaged communion every Sunday morning at 10A.

WILL THERE BE A NURSERY?

  • Yes. We will be making a nursery available on Sep. 25.

WILL THERE BE A SPACE FOR TODDLER/PRE-K?

  • Yes. Our toddler/pre-k space is inside in a gated, secure area.

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

  • Yes. Our K-5th space is outside with plenty of space for games, teaching, and small groups.

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 indoor gathering.

WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS?

  • Yes. We do have restrooms available.

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR US?

  • We will be providing hand sanitizer, masks, and communion.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ALONG WITH ME?

  • Your Bible, something to write with, whatever you need to have on hand for your children, and a friend.

HOW CAN I HELP?

  • If you’d like to help set up or tear down - please fill out this form and someone will be in touch with you!

 

We are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday morning at 10A!

COVID-19

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UPDATES

What we're doing to create 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 provide individually wrapped communion.

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.