We are a community committed to knowing and celebrating the Father, heart of God, living outside of ourselves for the sake of others, and practicing radical dependence on the Spirit of God in everything we do.
The discipleship process within Cadrites is founded on the premise that the end point of discipleship is loving and serving others as Jesus does. Our goal is not to “get close to Jesus” but rather live into the reality that he has already brought us close. As we awaken to that reality, we focus on learning to live our lives as he would. To love and serve others as Jesus did is his constant invitation and challenge to us. To accomplish this, Cadrites are the vehicle for a process that is meant to provoke disciples of Jesus out of the question, “How am I doing?” and into the question “How am I doing loving others as Jesus does?” through intimate relationships, the practice of disciplines that ground us in the grace of God, and the re-orientation of our lives to know and serve others.
Our vision for Wise Kids is to see our children experience the living God, be transformed by His love, filled with the Holy Spirit and learn His story through the Bible.
Dedicated to partnering with the families of our community’s 6th-12th graders for the purpose of disciplining them in their relationships with Jesus Christ, establishing in them a firm foundation upon which to build a God-centered life.
We are proactive about supporting couples and families in all stages of life. Our ministry is holistic, peer-oriented, and pursues God’s heart for our marriages, families, and beyond.
The Women of LBCF are learning to live and love like Jesus by radiating God’s love through authentic relationships, the pursuit of Truth, and faithful hospitality.
Men connecting in ways that transform them to live and love like Jesus. In order to live in this vision, we actively and intentionally pursue each other to offer compassion, strength, acceptance, trust, vulnerability, encouragement and discipleship.
As LBCF’s music ministry, we seek to bring the people of God deeper into His presence with fresh and eclectic selections of music from traditional hymns to current songs to music written by our very own worship leaders.
In response to a creative and co-creative God we seek to honor the beauty of God’s redemptive story through many mediums.
LBCF values the ways which God shows His grace in and through ALL of us. God calls His people to make His name known through the ways He works out His plan for us and history and we share those stories with each other in compelling ways so that we can always be prepared to give an answer for the hope we have.
Our desire is to see the body of Christ built up into maturity. We launch ministries within our community to see this accomplished, but we believe in people and calling more than programs. We are committed to organic ministry growth, which means that we try to grow ministries based on what the Spirit of God seems to be speaking in our midst. But on a broader scale, we recognize that God gets a lot of work done through His people as they are faithful to live in their calling right where He has them. If you have a call to minister to the Body of Christ, please do it. Sometimes those expressions bloom into something more ‘official,’ but whatever your calling, we want to support you to discover it and to walk well within it.
LBCF is working to bless and partner with generous, environmentally sound, and ethically beautiful businesses and non-profits throughout Long Beach and all of Orange County through a day of Christmas shopping that supports more than just bottom-line profits. It has grown into a large effort and is something we care very much about at LBCF
A number of families in our community are host families through Safe Families for Children: a volunteer movement that connects the children of parents in distress with host families who have opened their arms, hearts, and homes to serve those in need. There are many ways for non-host families to help create an extended family environment by supporting those who welcome Safe Family children into their homes. Host family lives are enriched and families in distress are transformed as they encounter the gospel together.
LBCF has launched and is continuing to develop expressions of mission in our city. We often talk about these initiatives together on Sunday mornings or at community gatherings. We envision a people laughing, loving, knowing, and serving their neighbors. We envision meals and conversations over coffee where new relationship and new hope is birthed. We dream about green gardens being built and schools performing higher. We see children being brought out of the foster system and into safe, loving homes. We see those who have been forgotten feeling the touch of love and of community. Even as we value and pursue God in the common and the ordinary things of life, we recognize that in this context He can do some extraordinary things.
LBCF’s vision in the world is to see the good news of who Jesus is proclaimed and demonstrated. We support a number of missionaries around the globe, from Guatemala to Southeast Asia, and we currently have formal partnerships with local pastors and leaders in Congo, and with local missionaries, pastors, and congregations in Zambia. If you dream kingdom dreams and have heart and vision for global peace and justice, in Jesus’ name, we want to hear from you!
God gave us Jesus and His good news—what we call the Gospel. That good news is that God is saving men and women from darkness and death through His mercy and grace. He did all this in order to change the world, which He loves. Our vision for our world is to proclaim and demonstrate Jesus’ gospel. We are grateful for a hope, in Jesus, that transcends racial or gender lines, that values people as people, first and foremost, that is able to speak life into the most depleted and weary human heart. This hope is a light wherever it is truly perceived and received. As we discern where God calls us, we will go faithfully in this hope that is in Jesus.
We highly value transformation, healing, community, and mission. You can read more about these values in our values section.
From the beginning, LBCF has been a church in the city, recognizing that God calls us to love and serve where we are. Here is our story.