LOS ANGELES METROPOLITIAN CHURCHES

Faith in Action!

aka LAM or LA Metro   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.lametro.org

Mission

Train and educate commuity and faith leaders to revitalize the community where they live, work and worship.

Ruling year info

1998

CEO

Ms. Cheryl A. Branch

Main address

3320 S. Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90011 USA

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EIN

95-4547514

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Economic Development (S30)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

By marshalling the collective good will, determination and talents of over 10,000 members of small to mid-sized L.A. churches, LAM has created a national model to turn the tide of decline of inner cities, in spite of years of neglect and failure, hopes raised and dashed. We need hope now more than ever. It is a necessary concept in low income communities we serve.The concept of LAM is simple, yet innovative and effective. It is based on the fact that the church has always been the most stable, trusted and respected institution in the African American community. Also very important for African Americans is the fact that there is no stigma or shame in accessing community services at the church, versus the welfare office. Until LAM came into being, however, the latent power of small to mid-size churches had long gone untapped as a vehicle for community change.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Trauma Prevention Initiative Community Action for Peace

Violence prevention and community engagement for high risk families in low income neighborhoods where frequent homicides and gun violence is prevelant.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

LAM’s overarching goal is to use neighborhood-based resources -- in this case churches -- to effectively marshal community members’ abilities to identify common needs, and work together to find and implement solutions. Our objectives are to provide well-considered, authentically indigenous and professionally managed public policy initiatives, programs and services that recognize and realize the leadership potential in each and every participant, through opportunities to directly impact neighborhood improvement.

LAM employs leadership training, advocacy and capacity building to support the development of people and organizational capacity.

LAM deliberately works with smaller churches because the congregants are more likely to be in and of the community in which the church is located. The larger “mega” churches tend to attract congregants from a larger geographic area with people driving from miles away to attend. The larger churches are also more likely to have existing partnerships and infrastructure, which can create a slower and more bureaucratic process for decision-making. Finally, the smaller churches are in greater need of the capacity building and training that LAM provides.

The goal is to have impact, mission-driven activities and research ever present, non-obtrusive and integrated into the day-
to-day activities of the work. We work on this progress everyday.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LOS ANGELES METROPOLITIAN CHURCHES

Board of directors
as of 4/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pastor Kelvin Calloway

Bethel A.M.E. Church

Term: 2009 - 2014

JeRome Tarver

Ximinix Global Services

Arnetha Inge

Lynwood United Methodist Church

Dr. Velma Union

The Lord's Church

Lamont King

Friendly Friendship Baptist Church

Richard Byrd

KRST Unity Center

John Cager

Second A.M.E. Church

Prentiss Lewis

Greater Starlight Missionary Baptist Church

Cheryl Branch

LAM

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No