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Strengths Workshop for Joy and Success

Originaly Posted on July 4, 2014


// Dr. Greg Nelson
// Speaker, Author, Strengths Coach, Pastor


In Gallup’s research into human potential over the past 30 years—including interviews with more than 8 million people—the evidence is overwhelming: You will be eight times more successful & fulfilled in whatever you do by building your life around your greatest natural abilities (strengths) rather than your weaknesses. Your strengths should be your primary focus.

The problem is that most people don’t even know what their greatest strengths are, much less how to use them so they can be more fulfilled and effective in their lives.

According to Gallup’s latest study, over half of churchgoers say they don’t get to do what they do best in their congregations.

Fortunately, Gallup’s research led it to developing one of the most effective tools for discovering and utilizing a person’s top strengths: StrengthsFinder. When used in a congregation, this discovery has the potential to unlock a congregation’s most powerful resource: people and their God-given strengths.


  • Unpacking God’s amazing gift to you: your individual strengths themes. What are your Top 5 strengths, what do they represent in your life, how are you already using them, how can you use them more for effectiveness and fulfillment?
  • How does knowing and using your strengths apply to your relationships, spiritual life, work, and teams you be- long to?
  • What difference does this all make?
  • Identifying your congregation’s God- given strengths profile. Knowing the church’s strengths impacts mission: how does your church give and serve in the strongest way possible? What does a strength-based congregation look like? How can it be developed?


For you to get the most out of this experience, you need to take an online assessment called “StrengthsFinder” which, through a series of detailed questions, identifies your top five strength themes. Dr. Nelson will unpack your results in the workshop.

  • Take the test directly online for $9.99 (Gallup’s fee). Here’s the link:
  • If you would like some financial help for this, contact the church office.
  • E-mail your strengths results to Greg ( no later than MONDAY, JULY 28 so he can compile a Strengths profile of the whole group.
  • Even if you can’t attend the workshop, we’d love for you to take the assessment so you can be included in the group profile. Just knowing your top 5 strengths is a great value to you.

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Hollywood Adventist Church Pastoral/Leadership Update

Originaly Posted on June 4, 2014

We are happy to update you on some changes to our church leadership team. Starting June 14, the Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist Church will add to our current staff a new leadership package that includes Greg and Shasta Nelson as Senior Administrators and Life Coach Consultants, and Branden Stoltz as Senior Pastor.

Branden Stoltz with be preaching on June 14, and Dr. Greg Nelson will preach on June 21. Come meet our newest leaders!

Senior Pastor Branden Stoltz

Senior Pastor Branden Stoltz

Greg and Shasta Nelson as Senior Administrators and Life Coach Consultants

Greg and Shasta Nelson as Senior Administrators and Life Coach Consultants

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Death Before the Fall—Panel Discussion

Originaly Posted on June 3, 2014

On June 7, we hosted a panel discussion on Dr. Ron Osborn’s book Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering. This discussion touched on some of the following themes:

  1. 1. Can one be a Christian and an evolutionist? Is theistic evolution an oxymoron?
  2. 2. Can one reconcile evolution with a faithful reading of the Genesis account of creation?
  3. 3. How does a theistic evolutionist explain animal cruelty and predation before (the fall of) Adam and Eve?

Our panelists were:

ZANE YI, PhD, Asst. Prof. of Religion, Loma Linda University — MODERATOR

JEFFERY GANG, DMin, Senior Pastor of the Anaheim SDA Church, PhD candidate at University of Aberdeen in Theological Ethics

MAURY JACKSON, DMin, Asst. Prof. of Pastoral Ministry, La Sierra University

JODY WASHBURN, PhD Student at UCLA in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Watch the introductory sermon and discussion here.

Death Before the Fall Web Image

You can buy the book here:

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All Are Welcome Here

Originaly Posted on May 9, 2014

All Are Welcome

At Hollywood Adventist Church, “Where God’s Spirit is given space to change lives,” we are committed to the ongoing work of making that space fully inclusive.

God’s love is broader and deeper than we can fathom. Fellowship and membership in His church should, likewise, be open and generous. The redemptive power of Christ’s love extends to everyone regardless of age, race, class or sexual identity. All are welcome in our church.

We embrace the challenge of being a diverse community, which encourages dialogue and welcomes questions, as we continue to identify the ways God is at work in all of our lives. We believe this will ultimately enrich us and be a witness for and a foretaste of the kingdom God intends to establish in the earth made new.

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Watch Our Worship Services Live Online!

Originaly Posted on February 8, 2014

We are excited to offer streaming video of our Sabbath morning worship service.

If you can’t make it to our church community in person on Saturday mornings, now you can join us in digital spirit on YouTube. Services are streamed online at 11 a.m. (PST) every Saturday.

In addition to the live stream of our service you can check out our archive of past services on our YouTube channel and share Hollywood’s worship with your family and friends around the world!

Our next live event:

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Looking for Information?

Originaly Posted on December 11, 2013

If you are new or if you have not stopped by the Information Center lately, swing by and check out what’s going on in the life of our church. There are many opportunities for service, prayer and fellowship alongside information for low-income resources.

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Community Garden

Originaly Posted on December 10, 2013

As committed member of our local community, the Hollywood Adventist Church encourages our neighbors to grow nutritious and healthy food. To support this commitment, we operate a community garden on our church property.

Instead of growing all the food ourselves, we’ve opened the garden to be truly a community garden. For a small fee community members are able to rent a garden plot to grow fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

This last summer the garden yielded a bountiful harvest and hosted many events. This coming season we plan to again rent out plots to members of the community. Stay tuned for info on how to get your own garden plot.

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Friday Nights @ The Underground

Originaly Posted on December 9, 2013

The Underground Room

If you are 18-to-30-something, we invite you to connect with old friends and make new ones at our young adults group. Each Friday night at 8 p.m. we host Friday Nights @ The Underground in the downstairs Underground Room. This is a fun way to bring in the weekend with movie nights, game nights, barbecues and dinners. For more information or to be notified of events, contact Andrew:

A movie projected in the Underground Room at Hollywood Adventist Church

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Hollywood Week of Prayer

Originaly Posted on September 3, 2013

Hollywood Adventist Church has the opportunity to participate with several other neighborhood congregations in the Hollywood Week of Prayer. This is a special time to specifically pray for God’s leading in our community and our city. Prayer times will be hosted each evening, September 8–14, at various locations around town. We encourage you to check out the website to find a location near you, and join with our neighbors in prayer.


Sept. 8th – Reality LA – Ty Nickleberry & Aubrey Seibert:

Sept. 9th – 7:30 – 9:30pm at Fusion – Jason Sobel
5000 Colfax Ave., Valley Village, CA 91601

Sept. 10th – HRock – Gabe Ahn:

Sept. 11th – One Church – Toure Roberts

Sept. 12th, 7:30 – 9:30pm – Radiance International – Jonathan Ngai:

Sept. 13th – 7 – 9pm at Hollywood Pres. and HPN
Scott Erdman and Karen Covell and

Sept. 14th – Faith in Christ Church Los Angeles – Pastor Erlinda: (1600 Morton Ave, LA, CA 90026)

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Apocalypse 2013!

Originaly Posted on July 8, 2013

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This July brings us our yearly Apocalypse sermon series. Despite what some movies might have you think, “apocalypse” actually means revealing or revelation (not the end of the world). Members of our congregation take turns looking closely at popular culture to reveal God’s presence there.

The first sermon in this series is on the film Man of Steel preached by Eugene Abano. Watch the video online:

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