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Church Leadership

The leaders of the church are responsible for providing overall leadership and oversight for the spiritual well-being, ministry, and business of the church.

Leadership Updates

  1. Congregational Meeting Leadership Election Update

    Dear LAC Family, On Sunday, the Summer Congregational Meeting was held to welcome new members and approve the ministry plan and budget for the 2022-2023 ministry year. If you missed the meeting, a recording can be watched at www.lakeave.org/leadership. An election was held to vote in new leaders to serve on the church’s Ministry Council and ministry divisions. 258 ballots were collected and 218...

    Dear LAC Family, On Sunday, the Summer Congregational Meeting was held to welcome new members and approve the ministry plan and budget for the 2022-2023 ministry year. If you missed the meeting, a recording can be watched at www.lakeave.org/leadership. An election was held to vote in new leaders to...

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  2. Report from the Ministry Council concerning the PUSD SKILLZ program

    Report from the Ministry Council concerning the involvement of Lake Avenue Church in the Pasadena Unified School District SKILLZ program August 27, 2022 In summer 2021, beginning during the Ministry Council’s first listening session, a concern was raised about the participation of Planned Parenthood volunteers in a program which had taken place on the Lake Avenue Church campus some years...

    Report from the Ministry Council concerning the involvement of Lake Avenue Church in the Pasadena Unified School District SKILLZ program August 27, 2022 In summer 2021, beginning during the Ministry Council’s first listening session, a concern was raised about the participation of Planned...

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  3. July 29 Fiscal Year End Giving Update

    The theme for the recent installation of Dr. Mathew P John as our new Senior Pastor in May was a “New Beginning,” based on Jeremiah 1:19b, “For I am with You and will rescue you declares the Lord.” We believe God is laying the foundation for a new season of ministry at Lake Avenue Church that our community has been carrying out faithfully for the last 125 years. We are excited about the journey...

    The theme for the recent installation of Dr. Mathew P John as our new Senior Pastor in May was a “New Beginning,” based on Jeremiah 1:19b, “For I am with You and will rescue you declares the Lord.” We believe God is laying the foundation for a new season of ministry at Lake Avenue Church that our...

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  4. July 5 Update

    We want to bring you an update on the organizational restructuring and budget reduction plans we discussed at the Special Congregational Meeting on May 22, 2022. At that meeting, we promised to reduce our operating budget for the next fiscal year (Sept. 2022 – Aug. 2023) to $5.9 million based on our giving patterns for this year. This new operating budget represents a significant difference of...

    We want to bring you an update on the organizational restructuring and budget reduction plans we discussed at the Special Congregational Meeting on May 22, 2022. At that meeting, we promised to reduce our operating budget for the next fiscal year (Sept. 2022 – Aug. 2023) to $5.9 million based on...

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  5. May 2022 Update from Dan Crichton

    Dear Lake Avenue Church Family, It was so wonderful to gather as a church family on Easter. Being together and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and what God is doing in our church was such a blessing. As we look forward to the installation service of Pastor Mathew P. John and the coming months at Lake Avenue, our Ministry Council would like to bring you an update on our church budget as we...

    Dear Lake Avenue Church Family, It was so wonderful to gather as a church family on Easter. Being together and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus and what God is doing in our church was such a blessing. As we look forward to the installation service of Pastor Mathew P. John and the coming...

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  6. March 20 Special Congregational Meeting

    On March 20, 2022, a Special Congregational Meeting was held for the calling of the Senior Pastor Candidate presented by the Senior Pastor Search Committee. After a two-day voting period, ballots were collected from active members & counted.  Church Chair, Dan Crichton, shares the results of the vote. Dear Lake Avenue Church Members and Friends, The Lake Avenue Church membership has confirmed the...

    On March 20, 2022, a Special Congregational Meeting was held for the calling of the Senior Pastor Candidate presented by the Senior Pastor Search Committee. After a two-day voting period, ballots were collected from active members & counted.  Church Chair, Dan Crichton, shares the results of the...

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  7. Winter Congregational Meeting 2022

    On January 9th, the Winter Congregational Meeting was held and action was taken to temporarily suspend the Bylaws.   Meeting Slides Winter Congregational MeetingMarch 6, 2022 Download Winter Congregational Meeting - March 6,2022

    On January 9th, the Winter Congregational Meeting was held and action was taken to temporarily suspend the Bylaws.   Meeting Slides Winter Congregational MeetingMarch 6, 2022 Download Winter...

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  8. February All-Church Update from Dan Crichton

      Dear LAC Family, The baptisms on Sunday, February 13, were just beautiful. God is on the move, and there is a lot to be thankful for at LAC! “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” - Psalm 118:1 First, thank you for all your comments on the current draft of the proposed Bylaw revision document, “The Congregational Leadership Covenant of Lake Avenue Church: How We Have...

      Dear LAC Family, The baptisms on Sunday, February 13, were just beautiful. God is on the move, and there is a lot to be thankful for at LAC! “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” - Psalm 118:1 First, thank you for all your comments on the current draft of the...

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  9. Special Congregational Meeting

    On January 9th, 2022, a special congregational meeting was called to share updates with the congregation.  The meeting recording can be viewed below. . At the meeting, an appointment from the Outreach Ministries Division to the Senior Pastor Search Committee was affirmed by the Congregation. Meet the newest member of our search committee, Roberta King, through her video profile....

    On January 9th, 2022, a special congregational meeting was called to share updates with the congregation.  The meeting recording can be viewed below. . At the meeting, an appointment from the Outreach Ministries Division to the Senior Pastor Search Committee was affirmed by the Congregation. Meet the newest...

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  10. January Giving Update from Dan Crichton

      Dear Lake Avenue Church Family, As I write this letter, we are once again reminded of God’s faithfulness to our church. We enter this New Year with so much to celebrate! During the Christmas season, it was such a blessing worshiping together as a church community and celebrating the birth of our King. We enjoyed a wonderful holiday concert, and we were able to share the joy of Christmas as...

      Dear Lake Avenue Church Family, As I write this letter, we are once again reminded of God’s faithfulness to our church. We enter this New Year with so much to celebrate! During the Christmas season, it was such a blessing worshiping together as a church community and celebrating the birth of our...

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  11. Vice Chair December 16th Update

    In the last few months, the council has found it necessary to have more than one scheduled meeting due to the various items that require attention outside of our normal schedule. Our first meeting for November was on the 11th and started with Interim Planning. We were presented with the upcoming teaching series and held a brief discussion on the need for an interim Senior Pastor. It was decided that...

    In the last few months, the council has found it necessary to have more than one scheduled meeting due to the various items that require attention outside of our normal schedule. Our first meeting for November was on the 11th and started with Interim Planning. We were presented with the upcoming...

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  12. November Special Update from Dan Crichton

    Dear LAC Family, I hope you will join us this Sunday at 10 AM as Pastor Jeff brings us the message and closes out the series, “Counterintuitive Transformation.” We will be celebrating God’s calling on Pastor Jeff, Jenny, and the Mattesich family at Lake Avenue Church these past twenty-two years. This will be an opportunity to thank them and to express our gratitude for their many years of...

    Dear LAC Family, I hope you will join us this Sunday at 10 AM as Pastor Jeff brings us the message and closes out the series, “Counterintuitive Transformation.” We will be celebrating God’s calling on Pastor Jeff, Jenny, and the Mattesich family at Lake Avenue Church these past twenty-two years....

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  13. Vice Chair October 26th Update

    Greetings, The discussion began with the plans for the special congregational meeting focused on the Senior Pastor Search Committee (SPSC) progress and timeline. The meeting had been requested by members of the congregation immediately after news of the decision by the SPSC to not move forward with our internal candidate Jeff Mattesich. It was determined that it will be a time to clarify and...

    Greetings, The discussion began with the plans for the special congregational meeting focused on the Senior Pastor Search Committee (SPSC) progress and timeline. The meeting had been requested by members of the congregation immediately after news of the decision by the SPSC to not move forward...

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  14. October 2021 Special Congregational Meeting

      Purpose Protocol Purpose Protocol Purpose Dear Lake Avenue Church Family, We invite you to join the Senior Pastor Search Committee (SPSC) and the Ministry Council (MC) for a “Church Family Conversation” around our process, roadmap, and plans to search for a Senior Pastor for Lake Avenue Church on Thursday, October 28 from 7 PM - 8:30 PM. We know that the August news from the SPSC followed by...

      Purpose Protocol Purpose Protocol Purpose Dear Lake Avenue Church Family, We invite you to join the Senior Pastor Search Committee (SPSC) and the Ministry Council (MC) for a “Church Family Conversation” around our process, roadmap, and plans to search for a Senior Pastor for Lake Avenue Church on...

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  15. Communal Discernment - October 10th

    Throughout September, Ministry Council members held small group communal listening sessions to hear what God is saying to us individually around our core discipleship essential of worshiping in unity.  Watch the video to hear themes of what was shared across all sessions and to hear from leaders what has been discerned. Based on the what we have heard, we will be officially changing our Sunday...

    Throughout September, Ministry Council members held small group communal listening sessions to hear what God is saying to us individually around our core discipleship essential of worshiping in unity.  Watch the video to hear themes of what was shared across all sessions and to hear from leaders what...

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  16. Letters from Pastor Jeff Mattesich and Dan Crichton

    A Letter From Pastor Jeff Mattesich Dear Lake Avenue Church, Grace and peace to you. We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.  - 1 Thessalonians 1:1b-3 How can I describe my journey at LAC? It really is...

    A Letter From Pastor Jeff Mattesich Dear Lake Avenue Church, Grace and peace to you. We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our...

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  17. Vice Chair September 28th Update

    Message from the Vice Chair As was mentioned at the Congregational meeting in August we will post a brief summary from the Ministry Council meeting that is held each month to inform the congregation on what we are working on and what we as a council are addressing on behalf of Lake Avenue. On September 28th, the first meeting of the new fiscal year began with welcoming our newest member Ray...

    Message from the Vice Chair As was mentioned at the Congregational meeting in August we will post a brief summary from the Ministry Council meeting that is held each month to inform the congregation on what we are working on and what we as a council are addressing on behalf of Lake Avenue. On...

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  18. August 2021 Update

    Greetings Church Family, We hope this message finds you all in good stead as we head into the hottest month of the year. Your Ministry Council wants to connect more with you all and move from strangers to familiar members of the congregation. As such, every month you can come to this page to learn more about what is happening in the Ministry Council and ways you can be praying for the work we...

    Greetings Church Family, We hope this message finds you all in good stead as we head into the hottest month of the year. Your Ministry Council wants to connect more with you all and move from strangers to familiar members of the congregation. As such, every month you can come to this page to learn...

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