In January of 2001, some of the pastors from the west valley of Los Angeles began gathering to pray for our city and the churches that make up the whole church in our valley. It was our commitment from the beginning to pray, to develop relationships with one another, and to wait on the Lord to show us what He had in mind for us to do.
The Lord made it apparent that He was leading us to minister together in the neighborhoods where those in our churches live. This ministry has become known as Neighborhood Initiative.
Resources are available for pastors and leaders interested in implementing their own neighborhood initiative in their cities. Check out our Neighboring Resources to get started! There is also a leaders and participants guide available for pastors who want to use these materials in their own churches. Visit Resources/Neighboring Resources.
Lynn Cory’s Bio
Lynn was born in Marshalltown, Iowa and moved to California in the early 50s. He grew up in Ventura, California where he lived to surf. While in Thailand in 1968, during the Viet Nam War, he had a significant encounter with Jesus Christ that radically changed the course of his life. After his tour of duty in the Air Force he entered Bible school at BIOLA University. He graduated from both BIOLA and Talbot Theological Seminary. He served for 10 years as the college pastor at Grace Community Church. Following his ministry at Grace, he was a leader in a house church movement for four years. For more than 27 years, he served as the associate pastor of the Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Reseda, California.
Lynn’s greatest passion has been for pastors to work together and to see the Church move outside the walls of the building and to minister in the local community in a naturally supernatural way. He has found that the most natural way to accomplish this is in the neighborhoods where God has placed us. He founded Neighborhood Initiative in May of 2008 to carry this work forward and on May 1, 2015, he went full time with NI. He has authored Neighborhood Initiative and the Love of God and The Incarnational Church. The Kairos Adventure, a new book he is working on, is due to be out in the fall on 2019.
Lynn, and his wife jo, live in Porter Ranch, California, and have three adult sons, three daughter-in-laws and five grandchildren.
The following download is a detail of the first five phases of NI, then named Mission Reseda. The notebook outlines how NI came into being at the Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Reseda, CA. This resource offers various approaches for connecting with neighbors whether you are a church looking to follow this model or you would merely benefit from adding some meat to your own approach. Although we have since transitioned to a simpler approach laid out in the Resources section of our site, this guide remains a labor of our love for what God revealed in the early years.