By Chris Moon
New City Church of Los Angeles has launched a second campus.
The 10-year-old church located in downtown Los Angeles opened a new location in the lower San Fernando Valley. The new church—called New City Church of San Fernando Valley—is led by pastor David Guyer.
The church plant is part of New City Church’s vision to open three to five new locations across Los Angeles during the next five years.
“This is an ambitious vision,” lead pastor Kevin Haah said in a video introduction about the church plant. “God doesn’t call us to what’s easy but to where there’s need.”
Haah, a former lawyer, launched New City Church of Los Angeles in 2008 within the Stadia church-planting network. Since then, it has grown to an attendance of 290, according to Christian Standard’s 2017 annual church growth report.
“In 2008, God called us to plant a diverse and inclusive church right here in downtown Los Angeles,” Haah said. “But the vision he gave us was always bigger than that. It is to reach the entire city of Los Angeles.”
The church targeted the Sherman Oaks area of the city because of its demographics and need for new churches. It has a population of about 200,000, Haah said, and is becoming increasingly diverse ethnically, socioeconomically, and generationally.
Haah said very few churches have been planted in the area during the past 40 years.
“What would it look like if more people in the area were connected with God and their lives were transformed by the power of the gospel?” he asked.
Haah and Guyer will both be preaching at the new church.
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