Church That Never Sleeps
The story of L.A. International Church shows how you can reach your community by putting yourself in other people's worlds, how trouble can help build a great church, how churches grow by loving one person at a time, and more....
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The story of L.A. International Church shows how you can reach your community by putting yourself in other people's worlds, how trouble can help build a great church, how churches grow by loving one person at a time, and more.
It began when a small group of believers stepped out in faith-against all odds-and claimed the Queen of Angels Hospital in downtown Los Angeles for the cause of Christ. Now 200 different ministries in the Los Angeles International Church reach out to thousands of residents. Innovative programs minister to AIDS victims, the homeless, battered women, drug and alcohol addicts, and abused children-offering hope and a chance for a better life. "The Church That Never Sleeps" shows how God can use this incredible ministry as a model to make dreams come true in neighborhoods across the nation.
Matthew Barnett, founder of the Los Angeles Dream Center, best-selling author and pastor of one of America's fasting growing churches, is one of the most dynamic voices God is using in Christianity today. He is the son of Pastor Tommy Barnett, best-selling author and pastor of, what Time Magazine considers, one of the three largest churches in America.
The Dream Center houses close to 600 people who are being rehabilitated for the glory of God. Through its 40 services and nearly 200 ministries they reach over 40,000 people a week with food and many other services that meet the spiritual and physical needs of the local community. As of September 2003, there have been over 150 Dream Centers launched around the world.
In 2001, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel's Angelus Temple united with the Dream Center and Pastor Barnett is now the senior pastor of both with a weekly congregation in excess of 7,000.
Pastor Matthew has won numerous awards including the Religious Heritage Award and the church has been recognised several times for its contribution to the community. Former President George W. Bush has personally endorsed Ps Barnett with highest regards for his achievements.
Pastor Barnett is married to Caroline and they have one daughter, Mia Aimee and a son, Caden West.