WHAT IS SHEPHERD LA?
Pastors burdened to lead their LA churches toward health are isolated and often discouraged.
Shepherd LA connects and resources likeminded pastors for healthier LA churches.
We fight against Satan, sin, and worldly lies. We fight for resourced-pastors shepherding healthier churches so that (1) LA is saturated with healthier churches and (2) every resident of Los Angeles hears the gospel of Jesus Christ by a member of a healthy church.
“But when some became hardened and would not believe, slandering the Way in front of the crowd, [Paul] withdrew from them, taking the disciples, and conducted discussions every day in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the residents of Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord” (Acts 19.9-10, CSB).
“Connecting and resourcing” is through friendships. The greatest resource we can give to fellow pastors is ourselves in meaningful friendship. We can facilitate this through meals, pastor-theologian colloquiums, retreats, conferences, network calls, email groups, pulpit swaps, prayer meetings, video interviews, podcasts, blogging, weekenders, the cooperative, etc. One of our main initiatives is our Pastor Cooperative.
- IDENTIFY. To clearly identify a group of pastors who are broadly yet meaningfully and joyfully likeminded on the application of the doctrines of God, salvation, and the church as stated in the Shepherd LA foundation statements.
- CONNECT. To strengthen and support our pastors in their church discipleship and leadership.
- SPREAD. To influence other pastors outside the cooperative through friendship and example in order to move their churches toward health.
- RESOURCE. To provide contexts regularly resourcing pastors with relationships, insights from experience and study, books, and gatherings.
Are you a likeminded LA pastor who wants to connect? Do you know a likeminded LA pastor who wants to connect?
Ignorance of our past perpetuates problems in our present. The Shepherd LA Untold Stories seminar informs us about the racial history and LA church ministries so that we’re equipped to faithfully lead our churches today.
Free admission. RSVP now.
At Bethany Baptist Church: 10010 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower, CA 90706
9:30am doors open
10-11am Session 1: Lost Adam & Los Angeles
1115am-12:15pm Session 2: God Bless this Mess
12:15-1:15pm Lunch Break (Fellowship Hall open)
1:15-2:15pm Session 3: White Faith & Flight
2:15-3:00 Session 4: Q&A
Lunch options during break: Get/bring lunch on your own or pay $15 for Shepherd LA staff to get you a Chick Fil A sandwich and fries and drink so you can have it and eat in the fellowship hall.
MORE ON MATT JONES:
Lead Pastor, Del Rey Church, Los Angeles
Christian since: circa 1980s-90s
Married to Erika since: 2002
Pastor since: 1999
Dr. Matt Jones has a passion for God and instructing people from His word, the Bible. He has been pastoring in the Del Rey Church as lead pastor (primus inter pares). Even more importantly, he has been happily married to Erika and the proud father of seven children. The Jones family is a certified foster home with Los Angeles County, always ready to shelter the orphaned and kids in need. Pastor Matt has taught the Bible and served in a variety of places around the world, including Mexico, Africa, Israel, Germany, Dubai and the United Kingdom. He’s a student of the Bible himself, having completed a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies at Moody Bible Institute, a master’s degree in apologetics at Biola University, and a second master’s degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He completed his first doctorate (DMin) at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University and a second doctorate (PhD) at the prestigious London School of Theology in England, engaging Postwar evangelical history, racism, and theology. As lead pastor, Matt is focused on teaching people how to live life and upholding sound doctrine for the church. In his teaching, Matt contextually brings the message of Christ to the church in a way that is very personal, intellectual, and passionate. When he’s not at church or at home with his family, Matt and his wife like to spend time together in the outdoors (although they proudly confess that they are homebodies) and take road trips. For fun, Matt enjoys playing with his kids, reading (lots of reading!), writing, and watching movies (when time permits).
Listen to Matt’s sermons here.