out of school Care, a before and after school care program
for ages 5-12, addresses the need for licensed child care.
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“A city church reaching city lives” is how lead Pastor Darin latham describes
the DNA of Broadway Church, a congregation of diverse and gifted Pentecostals.
broadway Church’s location on the east side of Vancouver, sometimes called “the poorest postal code in Canada,” brings with it several diverse realities. Poverty is an issue,
yes, but Vancouver is also one of the most expensive Canadian
cities to live in. Some label it the most secular city in North
America, although its incredible influx of ethnic cultures also
imports a host of religious beliefs.
This congregation of diverse and gifted Pentecostals (it’s
affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada) sharp-
ened and focused its mission statement and core values as
recently as last year. Broadway Church exists “to produce fully
devoted followers of Jesus Christ” and encourages an outward
orientation. Its members are committed to loving God and
loving others. Every ministry aims to be biblically based and
move people closer to the image of Christ. Congregants strive
to understand the current realities in their community and
then respond creatively and relevantly. Seeing themselves as
managers of God’s generosity, they freely contribute their time,
talents and treasures, creating healthy avenues for community
Latham describes Broadway as the “church of the next steps”
where an individual may enter at any point on a continuum.
Some need food, a safe place for their kids, courage to face an
addiction. Others are ready to hear and understand God’s Word.
Laity comes alongside, helping individuals discern and take the
next step. “Opening the conversation as Christ followers,” says
Latham, “brings Christ’s presence into the community, inviting
secular and sacred to meet.”
In the mid-1990s Broadway erected a multimillion dollar
church right next to a vacant tire factory – an imposing structure
in a low-income neighbourhood. Church leaders pondered and
prayed for a creative way to use the tire factory for ministry. They
eventually invested $1 million to refurbish it for a ministry called
The Warehouse, designed for people who may not feel comfort-