from the pastor

Excerpts from a quick sit-down with Pastor Steve as he shares from his heart.

Letter from the pastor

Our vision at Metro has been the same for over 20 years: Changed Hearts, Changed Lives, Changed World.

In 1987 I was given a vision for the Westside of Los Angeles. I say this confidently, but with fear and trembling because the vision is God’s and not my own. Soon after, I felt compelled to write it down after reading a scripture in Habbakuk:

“ …Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Hab. 2:2-3(NKJ)

Unsure how best to communicate it, I wrote what I saw through the eyes of a fictional reporter for the L.A. Times in the year 2000-something. Excerpts from this Vision Story include:

“It is obvious that Metro Church is here for the people, loving God as they love each other. They are making a positive impact on Los Angeles and beyond by modeling true servanthood. Their reputation is impeccable. If they are a reflection of who God is, maybe this is the good news the city of Angeles has been waiting to hear.”

“Metro Church is helping to break down the walls that have built up over the years because of racial and economic tension, and they are helping to build unity among churches. Metro Church is truly a healing force as they have brought the truth of their faith to the streets of Los Angeles.”

Since Metro was founded in 1989, the vision has not changed, yet each year God helps us to see it more clearly. With this clarity, our goal is the alignment of our hearts, minds and actions with God’s desires and intentions. Because the vision is His, we must pursue it wholeheartedly, in humility and obedience. The vision for Metro is a revelation of what God wants to accomplish through us to build His kingdom. Metro is the vessel through which this vision will be achieved, but the glory will be His. God’s vision for us is flawless, reflecting all circumstances, with a complete understanding of all potential and possibilities. This vision perfectly corresponds to God’s plan for Los Angeles.

At times, we’ve walked in the vision and seen His purpose lived out. At other times, we’ve tried to fulfill it in our own strength before God has revealed it more clearly, only to see our plans fall short. I am convinced, now more than ever, that we have God’s vision and this is the time to run with it.

Jesus commanded us to “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27(NIV). We must pursue a Christ-centered purpose with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Love must be our standard!

The early church in following the vision given to them:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.“Acts 2:42-47(NIV)

The goal is not a 1st century church, but a 21st century church, walking in the power of the Holy Spirit in our day, in Los Angeles. To do this, we carry out this mission:

With love as the standard, we are devoted to:

The Word, Worship, Community, Prayer, Witness

It is about God’s word, God’s people, God’s presence, God’s direction and God’s input in our lives and taking it to the world.

In Him,

Pastor Steve

To read the Vision Story in its entirety, please click HERE.