The Church in Hollywood

For: Brent & Tam Hodge
Organizer: Brent Hodge
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The Story

Last year, when I resigned from my position as a Pastor, I chose to step out of 20 years of full-time ministry. And honestly, I didn't see myself stepping back into another Church position. But, God had other plans.

It has been awesome to see Pastors and church leaders prepare for Easter. I remember the excitement of this season and the new faces we would see walking through the doors. Even though I am no longer working for a Church, my wife Tam and I are preparing for Easter as well.

We are preparing for a future Easter.

This January Tam and I publicly announced our family was moving to Southern California. We confessed that we didn't have complete clarity as to why we were going, or what we would do once there. But, we knew this was God's next step for us.

Well, that was three months ago. And just this week, God has revealed why we are moving to CA. After several weeks of conversations with two Pastors in the Hollywood area, the dream of planting a church has been made real.

As you can imagine, Hollywood has a lot of people needing help, direction, and care. From homelessness to sexuality to drugs and addictions. These people need the Church to come to them.

Honestly, I never thought I would Pastor again - not in this way. But that is my calling, our calling; and we must be obedient to it.

Here is the humbling part that's hard for me to pen. We will be fundraising support to get us out to Hollywood as we begin immersing ourselves in the community and strategizing the beginning stages of this church plant. We've planted churches for the last 20 years - and we have missed it. We are eager to begin again.

This season has been an eleventh hour season. It has been hard. But we are all convinced that every single moment has, and will continue to serve a greater purpose.

We have finally received our marching orders. And we cannot wait to put our marching shoes on and fulfill this God calling.

We are humbly asking for your support. We are asking you because we want you to be a part of planning a future Easter with us.

Our goal of $20,000 will cover our moving costs, securing housing and three months cost of living. Your generous donation will allow us to begin this incredible journey!

So what's after the three months? More work. We will be securing additional employment when we get to SoCal, as we dedicate a large part of our time to launching this church. And we will continue to connect with partners for future funding to start the Church!

Please feel free to email me if you have questions.

[email protected]

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 12, 2017

Posted on June 12, 2017

We are getting ready to send out our first official newsletter! If you have sponsored us, you are already on the list. Feel free to email me at [email protected] to add another email address or a friend/family member to our list!

We are excited to share the most recent updates with you!

Brent & Tam

Posted on May 17, 2017

Posted on May 17, 2017

So, Tam and I have secured an apt in LA and we begin moving this week! Crazy! Basically, there is a healthy dose of excitement and fear going on. Excited to get there officially. Excited for what is to come. Excited to meet new people. And, definitely a lot of wondering and looking ahead. God has been so clear in this entire process. I want to share one of those moments with you.

We have known we were to move to SoCal. We weren't sure why, but we were confident that it was what we were supposed to do. In March, we set a date for the move. Trusting that as we moved forward, God would open or shut doors. And so far, that's exactly what has happened.

For the last week, Tam and I drove about 4-5 hours a day around West LA and the San Fernando Valley. We looked at everything from nice to junk. And believe me, there is a fine line between nice and junk in LA. We prayed about locations, distances for driving, neighborhoods, etc. We finally agreed on a spot in North Hollywood. But, as we pursued it, God kept closing doors. The apt we were quoted was all of sudden unavailable. Then a new one was available at a higher price. So, Tam and I spent time walking around the neighborhood and something just didn't feel right.

On the 2nd day of looking at apts, we decided to look at one out of curiosity. When we walked through it, we realized that it was too much. It was gorgeous, in an amazing area and the price... too much. So we walked away from it. We literally wrote it off our list. We both loved it but weren't even willing to consider it based on the price. So we kept looking.

As we kept looking, things were not lining up. Some issue would arise at each place. Honestly, we were exhausted. Then came the last day Tam was in town.

We went to look at an apt that was an extra 20-30 minutes away from where we would be working, but it was cheap. We walked away from it a little defeated. It was a mess. Ugh. On the drive back, God brought that out of reach apt into our minds. We started discussing it and thought of some ways to make it work. Turns out, God had kept that place on both of our hearts.

So, when we got back to where we were staying, I emailed the leasing agent and asked for a quote. She immediately sent back a quote and she gave us a less expensive quote on a larger apt. What??? So, we talked it over with the kids (They will be living with us for a while and paying rent as well). We all agreed to apply. So, we did. We then sat down with the friends we were staying with and decided to pray. We just needed to pray. To lay our fears before God. To continue to ask him for direction and opened/closed doors. Especially with this apt. And just as we sat down to pray, I get an email... "Your application is approved, the apt is yours". WHAT??? We have been self-employed this last year. We don't even have a tax return this year to prove income because we filed for an extension till after we move. And WE STILL GO IT!

I know renting an apt can seem trivial in the bigger picture. But, for those of you in larger housing areas like LA, you know the costs and lack of availability and concerns over specific neighborhoods. And traffic... This was a huge faith step for us. Choosing the spot and letting God do the rest.

I am going to continue sharing little stories like this. Becuase they keep presenting themselves. And I want each of you to be a part of this journey with us. And many of you have been a financial part as well. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Also, we are going to begin a newsletter for our journey and updates on the Church. If you would like to stay in touch, just email me at [email protected] and place "newsletter" in the subject line. I will get you connected to it.


Posted on May 1, 2017

Posted on May 1, 2017

Tam and I are blown away at the generosity we are experiencing! A couple updates. 

Tam and I head to Hollywood on the 10th to meet with our partners and to seek out housing. Tam will fly back on the 16th and get prepared for the move. I will be staying in Hollywood till the 27th. During that time I will be looking for Full/Part Time work. 

We are also working on a more formal website which will contain all vision, details and updates for the Church. Hopefully, this will be live in the next two weeks!

Along with your generosity, we also welcome your prayers. We are so excited to get there and start serving the community of Hollywood!

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