Crenshaw Christian Center LA CA! An Inspiring Success Story!


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How Pastor Fred Price & Congregation OVERCAME ALL OBSTACLES at Los Angeles




Crenshaw Christian Center was founded by Dr. Frederick K. C. Price in 1973 with some 300 members. Membership currently numbers over 18,000. Eight years before establishing Crenshaw Christian Center , Dr. Price had pastored a small church in Los Angeles called West Washington Community Church under the auspices of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

He had grown dissatisfied with his personal spiritual development because of a lack of positive results in his life and ministry, so he searched for a more fruitful Christian experience. This led to his being baptized with the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4 on February 28, 1970. Shortly after this experience, Dr. Price came into contact with the Bible-teaching ministry of Kenneth E. Hagin. He grew into the reality of God's Word, then began teaching the Bible-deliverance message.

As Dr. Price and his congregation grew in the operation of faith and continually acted upon the Word, signs followed. One of those signs was a steady growth in church membership. Eventually, the building on Washington Boulevard (which only seated 158 persons comfortably) became too small for the growing congregation, and Dr. Price followed through with a plan the Lord had shared with him about establishing a new church, independent of denominational ties.

There, the Holy Spirit could operate as He chose, according to 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, and the Word of God could be taught to His people uncompromisingly. The ideal facilities were found at 9550 Crenshaw Boulevard in the city of Inglewood, a suburb of Los Angeles. On that site, Crenshaw Christian Center was founded, and on November 26, 1973, the 300-member assembly held its first service there.

Pastor Price continued his ministry of the Word and applied fully the principles of faith. In 1977, the 1,400-seat church was forced to go to two services, and later three, to accommodate the people desiring to receive the Word and experience the move of the Holy Spirit. Overflow rooms with closed-circuit television were used, and still, the lines kept growing.

The multitudes at the door were not the only sign of increase. After being on radio several times a week for a number of years, in April 1978, Ever Increasing Faith, the missionary outreach arm of Crenshaw Christian Center, began televising the faith message locally.

Later, its telecasts expanded to five major U.S. cities in an effort to reach Black America. Just as Paul, an apostle to the Gentiles, never lost sight of his Jewish brethren, Dr. Price has desired to reach his Black brethren with the Word of Faith and prosperity that is in Christ Jesus, and has endeavored to do so through the media of television and radio.

Eventually, with an average of 5,500 persons participating in three services each Sunday, and with its expanding television, radio, book and tape ministries, the church again needed larger facilities. In 1981, it purchased the 32-acre former campus of Pepperdine University, primarily for the construction of a 10,000-seat sanctuary. In 1984, Crenshaw Christian Center moved to this location. Groundbreaking for the new sanctuary took place in 1986 and the building was completed in the fall of 1989.

The sanctuary, the FaithDome, is a geodesic dome (one of the largest in the world) used for Sunday services, special meetings, conventions, and crusades. The church holds other activities, including midweek Bible studies, in other facilities on the grounds. The Crenshaw Christian Center Ministry Training Institute, established in 1985, which includes a Correspondence School program that was founded in 1994, is also located on the grounds.

In 1990, Dr. Price founded the Fellowship of Inner-City Word of Faith Ministries (FICWFM) to foster and spread the faith message among independent ministries located in the urban, metropolitan areas of the United States. It fulfills another part of Dr. Price's vision – namely, to help inner-city ministries overcome the challenges they encounter in their congregations and in their day-to-day walk.

The ministry employs more than 350 people within 14 distinct divisions, including a preschool and elementary, middle and high schools. Sixteen helps ministry auxiliaries and organizations, with approximately 2,500 volunteer workers, assist Dr. Price and his staff of nine ministers in serving the congregation, visitors and an outreach jail ministry.







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