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Live With Purpose: West Angeles Christian Education

Do you have the desire to grow in your Christian walk?  Did you know that West Angeles is an educational ministry? Read more about the West Angeles Christian Education Ministry, and sign up for our next session.

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West Angeles’ Christian Education (WACE) classes are for anyone interested in using the principles of the Christian faith more effectively. Directed by Elder Oscar Owens under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr., the WACE courses offered provide all levels of biblical study and are designed not only to serve those who are called to careers in ministry, but also to empower any Christian who wants to:

  • Live with purpose through the Word
  • Understand the Bible more thoroughly and how it relates to the times we live in
  • Improve their lives, their families’ lives, and the lives of others.

Classes offered through WACE are designed to help students create a deeper relationship with God, the church, and the Christian faith.

WEST ANGELES CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CLASSES

Taught in both the traditional classroom setting and online, courses offered through WACE are designed to help students to serve the church and the world through responsible imparting of biblical knowledge.

Sunday School – West Angeles’ Sunday School has introductory-level courses for children, youth and adults which are designed to provide a deeper knowledge of the Christian faith. Geared to help students overcome life’s obstacles and daily issues, we offer a variety of classes for children ages 5-12 years of age, youth Classes for ages 12-16 years of age, and adults 17 and older.

School of Practical Christian Living –Directed by Elder Richard Brooks, the School of Practical Christian Living has classes for those who desire to become more effective as a parent, spouse, or worker for Christ. The School of Practical Christian Living is a mid-level study program  which introduces systematic Bible study and foundational biblical knowledge.

West Angeles Bible College provides college-level study in biblical, historical, and theological foundations of the Christian faith. This comprehensive training provides an academic understanding of the Bible to equip individuals to competently serve and apply the teachings of the gospel to the spiritual needs of those around them.

All adult Christian Education classes are at 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard (unless otherwise specified); children and youth classes are held at 3010 Crenshaw Boulevard at the West Angeles Youth Center.

For information regarding schedules for the next session, Bible College fees, certificates offered and more, please call West Angeles Church of God in Christ at 323/733-8300, extension 2345.

 

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West Angeles Sunday School teachers and pupils.

BOOK Free To Dream by Bishop Charles E. BlakeDO YOUR DREAMS seem to be marked, “Never to be fulfilled”? Do you feel that it is impossible for your dreams to come true? Do you fear your dreams are too big to achieve?  Let  Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. teach you the biblical principles to follow from the life of Joseph and other dreamers. In Free to Dream: Discovering Your Divine Destiny, you’ll learn how faith, integrity and endurance will pull you out of the valley and up to the peak of success. Bishop Blake will encourage you to pick your dreams back up, dust them off, and persevere to the fulfillment of God’s plan for your life.

PURCHASE Free to Dream: Discovering Your Divine Destiny, by Charles E. Blake, Sr. at the WEST ANGELES CHRISTIAN EMPORIUM, 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.  Phone (323) 731-3012 for more info.

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Show your support for the work and ministries of West Angeles Church of God In Christ. West Angeles has over 80 ministries and departments under the anointed leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. and First Lady Mae L. Blake, including:

• Christian Education
• The Youth & Young Adult Ministry
• The Prison Ministry
• The West Angeles Christian Counseling Center
• The Skid Row Ministry

                                             

 

West Angeles feeds the hungry, empowers those in need with knowledge and education, and equips the people of God for service in today’s tumultuous world through the word of God.

THRIVE. TITHE. GET INVOLVED.
Make a difference. Give to West Angeles Church of God In Christ today!

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Remember the hashtag #GivingTuesday!

 

West Angeles Christian Education: Study the Bible with Us!

West Angeles is regarded as one of the greatest churches in the country, but it’s also known for its educational ministry.

Every day, new developments in our society and around the world can inspire us to think more deeply about our beliefs, or even to question the daily decisions we make. Many of the issues which consume us may sometimes seem outside of our sphere of influence to solve. Whether political, economic, or social in nature, however, the answers can be found by growing closer to our faith.

Most of us probably take our understanding of Christian principles for granted. Yet, although we’ve all heard many times that renewing our minds will transform us (Romans 12:2), how many of us have considered doing so through guided biblical study? Maybe it’s time to make a change.

BE TRANSFORMED!

West Angeles’ Christian Education (WACE) classes are for anyone interested in using the principles of the Christian faith more effectively. The courses offered provide all levels of biblical study and are designed not only to serve those who are called to careers in ministry, but also to empower any Christian who wants to:

  • Live with purpose through the Word
  • Understand the Bible more thoroughly and how it relates to the times we live in
  • Improve their lives, their families’ lives, and the lives of others.

Classes offered through WACE are designed to help students create a deeper relationship with God, the church, and the Christian faith.

“We are facing a world of distressing and disturbing issues,” says Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., who serves as Chancellor of the West Angeles Bible College. “In our Bible studies, we learn about trusting in the promises of God and how to obey God. It allows us to share our thoughts and ideas on how to better ourselves and how to better others.”

Taught in both the traditional classroom setting and online, courses offered through WACE are designed to help students to serve the church and the world through responsible imparting of biblical knowledge.

Directed by Elder Oscar Owens, West Angeles Christian Education offers three levels of study:

Sunday School – West Angeles’ Sunday School has introductory-level courses for children, youth and adults which are designed to provide a deeper knowledge of the Christian faith. Geared to help students overcome life’s obstacles and daily issues, the roster offers a variety of classes for children ages 5-12 years of age, and youth Classes for ages 12-16 years of age.

Adult Sunday school classes include the New Members’ Class, which gives an overview of the principles of the Christian faith and COGIC history; Power for Living, which familiarizes students with the power and principles of the Holy Spirit and how to live a Christian life; The Total Man, which teaches men how God’s Word fills all of life’s needs; and Virtuous Woman Bible Study,  inter-generational sessions which show women how to grow in Christ while mentoring younger women.

School of Practical Christian Living – A mid-level study program, the School of Practical Christian Living introduces systematic Bible study and foundational biblical knowledge. Designed for those who desire to become more effective as a parent, spouse, or worker for Christ, the classes include: “What Am I Called of God To Do?”,“Financial Success How-to,” and “Foundational Studies for Aspiring Missionaries,” one of several certificate programs offered.

West Angeles Bible College – The Bible College provides college-level study in biblical, historical, and theological foundations of the Christian faith. This comprehensive training provides an academic understanding of the Bible to equip individuals to competently serve and apply the teachings of the gospel to the spiritual needs of those around them.

Classes include: “The Life of Christ”,“Christian Leadership,” “Understanding World Religions,” and “Church History 1 & 2.” WABC offers certifications and diplomas, an online-portal, and read-only access to the West Angeles Reference Library.

All adult Christian Education classes are at 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard (unless otherwise specified); children and youth classes are held at 3010 Crenshaw Boulevard at the West Angeles Youth Center.

For information regarding schedules, Bible College fees, certificates offered and more, call West Angeles Church of God in Christ at 323/733-8300; department extensions can be found below:

  • Christian Education (including Sunday School inquiries) – Elder Oscar Owens, Director; Ayanna Bereal, Administrative Assistant to Elder Oscar Owens, X2345
  • Bible College – Letha Rhymes, Bible College Registrar , X2367
  • School of Practical Christian Living – Elder Richard Brooks, Christian Education Program Coordinator, X2366
  • Young Women’s Christian Council – Mrs. Renee Weathersby, President, X2765

Come study the bible with West Angeles Christian Education.


DID YOU KNOW?
Online learning plays a significant role in promoting a desire for lifelong education, as a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education has found. According to the study, schools which offer an online learning component (whether taught completely online or blended) “on average produce stronger student learning outcomes than do classes with solely face-to-face instruction.”

Elder Richard Brooks Shares Practical Christian Wisdom

In this edition of “The Elders’ Corner,” Elder Richard Brooks shares pearls of wisdom on purpose, understanding enemies, and allowing God to use our lives to Bless others.

Every strong faith, culture or society makes room for the impartation of wisdom from its Elders, and the Church of God in Christ is no exception. The Bible provides us with such wisdom, and the Elders of the church are among those who teach and pass on that wisdom to others.

Elder Richard L. Brooks was raised in the church, and has been infused with Biblical wisdom and COGIC tradition through his grandmother, through YPWW (COGIC’s Youth Training Union), and through Prayer & Bible Band, the oldest organized auxiliary in the Church of God in Christ. A quiet, humble man, Elder Brooks has always had a fascination with education and Christianity, and is always seeking words of wisdom in the Bible.

He now passes on generations of tradition and wisdom through his Sunday School classes, during New Members’ Orientation, and as Program Coordinator of West Angeles’ School of Practical Christian Living.

In this edition of The Elders’ Corner, we’re blessed to have Elder Richard L. Brooks share some pearls of wisdom with us.

ON PURPOSE

“A lot of people talk about having an experience with God, but they don’t have any experience because they don’t listen. They know what they want to do and they go after that…That’s the biggest mistake we make. We are taught to make that mistake.”

“You’d be surprised at how many people have no idea what they are called to do. And it’s simply because they have not sought the Lord.”

“We ask our children from the time they’re little, what do you want to be? What are you going to be when you get grown? We tell our children to decide what they want to be. We don’t teach our children to seek the Lord. We don’t do that…we do not do that.”

“Children…they don’t know what they’re capable of…only God knows.”

“There’s a difference between a good idea and a GOD idea. A good idea, anybody can do it. But a God idea…only the person God gives it to can do it, because He only gives you a part of it at a time.”

“God will say, ‘Do this,’ and you do it, then it comes to a standstill. You can’t go further because you don’t know what to do. Then sometimes you say, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll try to do this over here’ – but it don’t work. God does not give you the whole program.”

ON OBEYING GOD

“The Lord is ‘hinkty!’ If He tells you something, and you don’t appreciate it enough to get up and write it down, He’ll let you forget it, and all you’ll have is the knowledge that ‘The Lord told me something…and I can’t remember what it was!’ You know that it’s something that you need, because every now and then, way down the line, you’ll hear it again.”

“God is telling you, ‘When I give you something, write it down!’ When He said (in Habakkuk 2:2), ‘Write the vision; make it plain, so that those who read it may run…,’ the Lord’s not in the business of telling us things just so we can forget it. God has something He is trying to tell us.”

“There’s a difference between a good idea and a GOD idea” – Elder Richard L. Brooks

“You have to stay in harmony with what God’s doing, because if you get out of harmony with what He’s doing, He’ll quit, and you’ve got nothing, because it all came from Him.”

“It’s important that we remember what the Lord tells us because God knows that the devil is waiting…just waiting…”

ON ENEMIES

“You’ll run into people who look at your success, and they’ll think it’s you, and they don’t realize it’s God. They want to tap into it. ‘Oh, I want to do that.’ But you can’t give them what you’ve got because it was given to you.”

“You’d be surprised at the enemies you’ll make while you’re busy working, trying to do what the Lord says. But somebody over there is plotting, setting you up to stab you in the back. It puts you in a position where you’re totally dependent on God.”

“When you get involved with the work of the Lord…you’re not going to be happy a lot of times. Folk will make you unhappy. They’re gonna see to it that you’re unhappy, because they’re unhappy. You’ve got to be able to throw that off and keep on going.”

ON HEAVEN

“People think when they get to Heaven, they’re gonna see the Holy Ghost. No, you ain’t gonna see the Holy Ghost…It’s a Spirit.”

“When Jesus said ‘I’m going to prepare a place for you’ – He said ‘a place,’ but it’s a body…’In my Father’s House there are many a mansions’… John said, ‘I saw a new heaven and a new earth coming down out of heaven.’ God don’t need Earth. He’s Spirit. Earth is natural. Christ is telling us…the people who need earth will have a body.”

“Paul talks about, ‘The mortal must put on the immortal’ bodies. You won’t be floatin’ around, eatin’ milk and honey!”

“Peter said, ‘Nevertheless, we, according to His promise, look for a new heaven and new earth wherein righteousness dwelleth.’ There’s something coming, but God doesn’t tell us. Paul said, ‘I saw it, but I can’t tell you. He won’t let me tell you.”

“Nothing that we can imagine approaches what God has prepared for them that love Him. It’s beyond our human imagination. If people are already jumping off bridges and taking poison trying to get there, imagine if we had an idea of what it would be like!”

“There are people who just want to end it all. But they don’t realize, you don’t end nothing. You’re gonna live forever. It’s where you’re gonna live that’s the thing.”

ON LIVING A CHRISTIAN LIFE

“Most of us don’t read the Bible because we don’t understand it. We read Psalms, but the Psalms don’t tell us a lot of things.”

“We’ve got to learn that just because we’re saved, we’re speaking in tongues, we love the Lord and so forth, it does not mean that we know what we need to do. We don’t know.”

“Don’t tell God what you want to do. Listen to God to find out what HE wants you to do” – Elder Richard L. Brooks

“Our will is not God’s Will. What we want to do 99.9% of the time is different than from what God wants us to do. Now, God will show us and tell us, and our reaction? ‘Ooooo, that’s going to hurt. I don’t know if I can do that!’”

“When you get in His Will, that’s when your life takes off. This is why Jesus said, ‘I do always those things to please My Father.’ It’s not our will, it’s God’s Will.”

“If you want the Lord to lead you, find out from Him what He wants you to do and you’ll be way up the line.”

“We must ask, ‘What does God want me to be? What does it take for me to be what the Lord wants me to be? How am I supposed to live and be a Christian?’ Don’t tell God what you want to do. Listen to God to find out what HE wants you to do. That’s Practical Christian Living.”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 1 Chronicles 16:10-12, Isaiah 55:6-7, Habakkuk 2:2, John 8:29, 2 Peter 3, Revelation 21:1-2; John 14:1-4, 1 Corinthians 2:9, 15:53; John 5:30.

Elder Richard Brooks is Program Coordinator for West Angeles’ Christian Education Department and its School of Practical Christian Living. A product of the Church of God in Christ, Elder Brooks acknowledged his call to ministry in 1953, preaching his first sermon that same year at Lockett Temple COGIC in Detroit, MI. He was ordained in 1967, and has served in various capacities within the Church of God in Christ, including District President of the Young People’s Willing Workers Department (YPWW), Pastor, and Sunday School Teacher, which he continues to do to this day. Elder Brooks encourages believers to practice Biblical concepts through daily application of its principles. He continues to direct, guide and serve the people of God through preaching, teaching, and living the Word.
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DO YOU WANT TO LEAD A ORE ENRICHED LIFE FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE? THE SCHOOL OF PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN LIVING (PCL) offers classes such as Integration of Faith, Community and Service, What Am I Called Of God To Do and more. Learn to be the best Christian you can be by applying biblical principles and practices to your everyday life. Join us for the next session! For more information call (323) 733-8300, Extension 2366.

Member Profile: Elder Oscar Owens

The history of people of African descent in America is inextricably linked to the Christian church.

The Civil Rights Movement owes its strength to the African American church, the leadership of which was paramount in forging a legacy of justice and equality for African Americans in the United States. Education has always played a key role in that objective.

Elder Oscar Owens has been a member of West Angeles Church of God In Christ for 25 years, and is currently serving as both West Angeles Bible College President and Christian Education Minister. His list of mentors reads like a who’s-who of historic African American Christian leadership; among them: former pastor of  Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles, Dr. Thomas Kilgore; former pastor of  Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York, Rev. Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor; former Senior Pastor of Canaan Baptist Church in New York and Chief of Staff for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Wyatt T. Walker; and Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake,  under whom Owens serves at West Angeles Church of God In Christ in Los Angeles.

Married for 30 years to the powerful singer and Tony-nominated playwright Lita Gaithers Owens, Elder Owens has been on the West Angeles staff for 22 years, and has a passion for helping others deepen their connection to the Bible. Along with overseeing West Angeles’ Christian Education department, he also teaches Systematic Theology, one of the many classes offered by the West Angeles Bible College.  He is currently studying for his Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Spiritual Formation at Azuza Pacific University’s Seminary in Los Angeles.

Elder Owens recently joined several ministers and community leaders called to pray for our city and our nation at Biola University’s Prayer for Los Angeles event, and is also a panelist for an upcoming discussion between Asian American and African American Christians in Los Angeles. The November 3 symposium, A Christian Vision of Belonging: Race and Gender, is hosted by The Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (I.S.A.A.C.).

I was recently honored to interview Elder Owens, who has shared  his own history; his message to Christian women about finding purpose in ministry, and West Angeles’ vision for Christian education.

Q: Elder Owens, thank you for taking the time to speak with me. Can you share a little bit about your personal journey, and how you were led to Christ?

I’m originally from Chicago, and moved to Los Angeles with my family when I was in elementary school. My family attended the historic Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Kilgore, Jr.  He was the first Black President of the American Baptist Churches USA, and also lead the Progressive National Baptist conventions.  He was  mentored by Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. and was an important force in the Civil Rights Movement.  He was also very close to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who referred to Second Baptist as his West Coast church home and gave many speeches there.

Although I was raised a Christian, I came to Christ in college during my first year at UCLA while studying English literature, psychology and especially science – which actually drew me closer to God. From there, I enrolled in Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Kilgore was an alum of Union Seminary and inspired me to attend. Among my professors there were Dr. James Cone, Dr. James Forbes, and Dr. Cornell West. Because of its intellectual approach to the Bible, it is probably one of the most theologically liberal seminaries in the world; but because I was  rooted in the strong faith and social justice practice of the Black Christian Church, I actually came out of seminary a stronger Christian.

Theologically, I’ve always been very impressed by the teachings of Paul – this Pharisee, skeptic, persecutor and enemy of Christians – who became one of the most ardent champions for Jesus. The change in him is proof of the existence of the resurrected Jesus Christ.

Q.  Please tell us about your connection to education, and the integral role it’s played in your journey.

I’ve known books all my life. Both of  my parents were educators, and of course, that had a great influence in shaping the person I’ve become. As Youth Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist church in Harlem, NY, I was honored to be under the tutelage of such a great minister and educator as Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor. Being in Harlem at that time was an amazing experience, and I’m proud to be a part of that church’s historic legacy.

After I received my Master of Divinity degree, I returned to Los Angeles where I taught elementary school for the LA Unified School District, while serving as Youth Pastor at Second Baptist during Dr. Kilgore’s last years there.  Dr. Kenneth Hammonds, who was Director of Education and Training for West Angeles, and whose assistant I later became, invited me to teach a class at the Bible College. I realized then that it was time to answer the call to go into full-time ministry.

Q: What first impressed you about Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake and West Angeles COGIC?

Bishop Blake is definitely one of my spiritual fathers. I see him as a man who really knows and loves the Lord, who has a sincere and true relationship with Jesus. Intensely passionate and exquisite in his integrity and his pursuit of excellence, he brings every part of the West Angeles organization into that same excellence to serve the Kingdom of the Lord. He’s a man of humor; a kind man, who’s one of the greatest preachers and fantastic teachers of God’s word today.

The Lord began to draw me toward West Angeles because of Bishop Blake’s clear preaching and communication of the gospel. He honors  (COGIC founder) Bishop Charles H. Mason’s  legacy of embracing traditions revealed through our slave fore parents’ manner of worship as both African and Christian.  That part of our heritage and the history of the church continues the  traditions of dance, clapping, and improvisation, which are found in the bible. West Angeles has also made an amazing contribution to redefining musical praise and worship; taking it to a whole other level under Judith McAllister, who is now the COGIC International Minister of Music. It is an honor to serve under such a great leader and visionary as Bishop Charles Edward Blake.

Q: In closing, what message would you like to impart regarding the role of Christian education in the life of the believer, and the benefits of studying at West Angeles?

The place where you can grow as a Christian is in one of our classes. There, you’re allowed to ask questions, and learn at a pace that’s easy for you to digest, surrounded by others with whom you can fellowship, and who will encourage you.  In addition to the Bible College curriculum,  we also create partnerships with other schools of higher education  for advanced theological study.

I also want to encourage women to pursue their calling and role in ministry. God is doing something great among women today. More than half of our Bible College professors are women who have earned advanced degrees in theology and ministry, including  Zenobia Bereal, Cheryleigh Bullock, Eugenia Greene, Jini Kilgore-Cockroft, Candace Shield, and  Precious Williams.  But it’s important for the men to increase their involvement as well: we want to continue to grow and to exceed the enrollment of previous semesters.

We also have great classes offered through the School for Practical Christian Living (PCL) and the West Angeles Sunday School; and Carl Anderson leads the Tuesday night Prayer and Bible Band,  the oldest COGIC auxiliary which dates back to the days of Bishop C.H. Mason.

We want to help our students to develop discipline in studying the Bible, to understand scripture, and to learn to meditate on God’s word. God used real, ordinary people, like all of us, to speak through in the Bible. It’s important to engage the scriptures and to allow the Holy Spirit to become a part of you; empowering you more and more, and enriching your life as a Christian.

 

CONTACT WEST ANGELES CHRISTIAN EDUCATION at 323/733-8300:

Elder Oscar Owens, Bible College President and Christian Education Minister; Ayanna Bereal, Administrative Assistant to Elder Oscar Owens – X2345

Elder Richard Brooks: Christian Education Program Coordinator, New Members Orientation, School of Practical Christian Living, and Prayer and Bible Band -X2366

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE  “MY SOUL SAYS YES, LORD!” WORKSHOP, facilitated by Elder Oscar and Mrs. Lita Owens.  The sessions are on 3rd Sundays: October 19, November 16, and December 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Multi-purpose Building.  For more information, call 323/733-8300, X2345.

DID YOU KNOW?

Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles was built by noted African American architect Paul Williams Jr., and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

West Angeles Christian Education: Study The Bible With Us!

West Angeles is regarded as one of the greatest churches in the country, but it’s also known for its educational ministry.

Every day, new developments in our society and around the world can inspire us to think more deeply about our beliefs, or even to question the daily decisions we make. Many of the issues which consume us may sometimes seem outside of our sphere of influence to solve. Whether political, economic, or social in nature, however, the answers can be found by growing closer to our faith.

Most of us probably take our understanding of Christian principles for granted. Yet, although we’ve all heard many times that we should renew our minds (Romans 12:2), how many of us have considered doing so through guided biblical study? Maybe it’s time to make a change.

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” – Romans 12:2

West Angeles’ Christian Education (WACE) classes are for anyone interested in using the principles of the Christian faith more effectively. The courses offered provide all levels of biblical study and are designed not only to serve those who are called to careers in ministry, but also to empower any Christian who wants to:

  •  live with purpose through the Word;
  •  understand the Bible more thoroughly and how it relates to the times we live in, and
  •  improve their lives, their families’ lives, and the lives of others.

Classes offered through WACE are designed to help students create a deeper relationship with God, the church, and the Christian faith.

“We are facing a world of distressing and disturbing issues,” says Bishop Charles E. Blake, who serves as Chancellor of the West Angeles Bible College. “In our Bible studies, we learn about trusting in the promises of God and how to obey God. It allows us to share our thoughts and ideas on how to better ourselves and how to better others.”

Taught in both the traditional classroom setting and online, courses offered through WACE are designed to help students to serve the church and the world through responsible imparting of biblical knowledge.

Directed by Elder Oscar Owens, West Angeles Christian Education offers three levels of study:

Sunday School – West Angeles’ Sunday School has introductory-level courses for children, youth and adults which are designed to provide a deeper knowledge of the Christian faith. Geared to help students overcome life’s obstacles and daily issues, the roster offers a variety of classes for children ages 5-12 years of age, and youth Classes for ages 12-16 years of age.

Adult Sunday school classes include the New Members’ Class, which gives an overview of the principles of the Christian faith and COGIC history; Power for Living, which familiarizes students with the power and principles of the Holy Spirit and how to live a Christian life; The Total Man, which teaches men how God’s Word fills all of life’s needs; and Virtuous Woman Bible Study,  inter-generational sessions which show women how to grow in Christ while mentoring younger women.

School of Practical Christian Living – A mid-level study program, the School of Practical Christian Living introduces systematic Bible study and foundational biblical knowledge. Designed for those who desire to become more effective as a parent, spouse, or worker for Christ, the classes include: “What Am I Called of God To Do?”,“Financial Success How-to,” and “Foundational Studies for Aspiring Missionaries,” one of several certificate programs offered.

West Angeles Bible College – The Bible College provides college-level study in biblical, historical, and theological foundations of the Christian faith. This comprehensive training provides an academic understanding of the Bible to equip individuals to competently serve and apply the teachings of the gospel to the spiritual needs of those around them.

Classes include: “The Life of Christ”,“Christian Leadership,” “Understanding World Religions,” and “Church History 1 & 2.” WABC offers certifications and diplomas, an online-portal, and read-only access to the West Angeles Reference Library.

All adult Christian Education classes are at 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard (unless otherwise specified); children and youth classes are held at 3010 Crenshaw Boulevard at the West Angeles Youth Center.

For information regarding schedules, Bible College fees, certificates offered and more, call West Angeles Church of God in Christ at 323/733-8300; department extensions can be found below:

  • Christian Education (including Sunday School inquiries) – Elder Oscar Owens, Director; Ayanna Bereal, Administrative Assistant to Elder Oscar Owens, X2345
  • Bible College – Letha Rhymes, Bible College Registrar , X2367
  • School of Practical Christian Living – Elder Richard Brooks, Christian Education Program Coordinator, X2366
  • Young Women’s Christian Council – Mrs. Renee Weathersby, President, X2765

Come study the bible with West Angeles Christian Education.

DID YOU KNOW?
Some classes offered through WABC are held online!

FACT: Online learning plays a significant role in promoting a desire for lifelong education, as a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education has found. According to the study, schools which offer an online learning component (whether taught completely online or blended) “on average produce stronger student learning outcomes than do classes with solely face-to-face instruction.”