The Least of These: Ministering to the Vulnerable in Los Angeles

April 30, 2019

8:30am – 1:00pm

Category: Equip Quarterly Meeting | Coordinator: Brian Colmery

Los Angeles is full of vulnerable people.  Churches often feel overwhelmed by the size of the need.  How can we help? 

Poverty, homelessness, broken families, hurting children.  Pastors are inundated with news about the needs across Los Angeles, and this is on top of the needs of members in their church.  Is there a way to help the needy in LA as part of the daily life of the church—without sacrificing our call to preach the word and shepherd God's people?  

Join us for our Spring event to explore these issues with local pastors in Los Angeles. We'll show how ministering to the vulnerable can be a sustainable part of your church's life, deepen the gospel's reach into the hearts of our people, and bring help and hope to the vulnerable in our community. We've worked to make this event free for members and non-members, and we hope you'll carve out time to be with us!

Date: April 30, 2019 | 8:30am – 1:00pm
(New) Location: 4903 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles 90029
Refreshments: Lunch and snacks will be provided
Cost: Free

PLEASE NOTE: Parking at our new venue is very sparse, so the best place to park is at Edgemont Parking (across from Kaiser) four blocks north of our event space.  The cost for parking is $8, but bring us your ticket and we will cover it to keep the event free.


  • Welcome, Singing, and Refreshments

  • Message 1: The Great Need: Understanding The Vulnerable Across Los Angeles
    The vulnerable are all around our city, and they often go unnoticed.  In this session, Dr. Matt Jones will explore the needs of various vulnerable groups in our city and help us appreciate the opportunity we have to spread the love of Christ in our own neighborhoods.  

  • Break

  • Message 2: The Good News: The Vulnerable, the Gospel, and the Local Church
    How does the good news of the gospel intersect with the vulnerable in our city, and how should the local church be involved?  In this session, Brian Colmery will connect the gospel and the local church as they relate to the vulnerable and explore how busy pastors can make ministry to the vulnerable a sustainable part of church life.  

  • Break 

  • Organization Introductions, Lunch, and Organization Fair
    We have invited 10 organizations based in LA that come alongside churches to help them minister to the vulnerable.  They will take some time to explain how they can help before lunch.  During and after lunch, each organization will have a table where you will have time to ask questions and gather information.

  • Closing Prayer


Matthew+Jones copy Dr. Matthew Jones is the lead pastor of Del Rey Church in the city of Los Angeles, where he has served for the past 17 years. He and his wife have fostered and adopted a number of little ones without homes, bringing their family to a total of seven children. Matt has received degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Biola.  He is currently pursuing a second doctorate at the London School of Theology as a PhD research student, working on a theological engagement of racism in postwar Los Angeles church history.


brian colmery head shotBrian Colmery is a pastor at Cornerstone Church of West Los Angeles where he oversees teaching, corporate worship, and theological education. He and his wife have two biological children and two children adopted from foster care, and together they work with many families at Cornerstone and other churches who are involved in various parts of the foster care system. Brian attend The Master's Seminary where he received an M.Div and Th.M.  He is also an adjunct professor at Eternity Bible College.  



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