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Church of the Open Door was conceived in the mind of Dr. R.A. Torrey who had come to Los Angeles to start the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA). The church was to be strictly interdenominational. Its purpose was to reach the lost of Los Angeles which was reflected in the name based on two passages of Scripture, John 10:9 and Revelation 3:8. Other pastors have included Dr. Louis T. Talbot (1932-1948) and Dr. J. Vernon McGee (1949-1970).
 
For 70 years it was located in downtown Los Angeles and was identified by the Jesus Saves signs which could be seen from all the surrounding freeways. In 1985 the church relocated in Glendora, California. The people of COD have always been a people of faith and vision. Over the years our faith and vision have guided us to accomplish great things in the name of Jesus Christ.
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We’re not a perfect church, but we are a healthy church. If you become a part of this faith community, you’ll discover that we’re extremely excited about what God is doing here as He releases the resurrection power from our lives. You’ll discover that our leaders take our assignment from God seriously–to love and care for His people as selfless shepherds, to lay down our lives for the people we lead. We sometimes fail, but God helps us through our failures as we open our lives to His protective love and the love of one another. You’ll discover that the marriages, families, and friendships in our community of faith are valued and often very close, that we gather in smaller groups to love, support and pray for one another earnestly. You’ll meet people at Church of the Open Door who will tell you that if it wasn’t for what Christ is doing in their lives and the encouragement and support they receive from their friends in this church, they would never have made it through tough times. We are humbled by both the successes and the failures in this spiritual family we call Church of the Open Door; we are humbled by the grace of God that privileges us to be a part of one another’s life in this way. 
 
We are here to encourage you by telling you over and over again that the life you’ve been living is not the life Jesus wants you to have. To help you believe that you are worth far more than what the voices of this world tell you you are worth. Check out more about us below:
 
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Our Elders
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We know that we live in a world where few people keep their promises or remain faithful to anything or anyone. We want to introduce you to Jesus, who does keep His promises and will remain faithful. And we beg Him to strengthen us so that we can become the exception to your experience by keeping our promises to Him, you, and one another.
 
Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, tells the story of a group of hostages taken by terrorists in a remote corner of the world and held there in a dark room for over a year. When the Navy Seals got to the building, opened the door, and announced, “You’re rescued; you’re free. Come out into the light!” Not one of the hostages, huddled in a mass on the floor, moved a muscle. They had been in the dark for so long they did not believe in the light anymore. Or, like most of those who live outside the grace and mercy of God, didn’t think it was for them. So one of the seals took off his gear, got down on the floor, wrapped himself around the nearest hostage, held onto them tightly, whispering over and over and over, “It’s all right. You have been rescued. You’re safe. You’re free. You can walk into the light.”
 
That’s what we want to do. We want to take off all of our religious gear, announce to you the love, forgiveness and power that can be yours in Christ Jesus, put our arms around you, say to you over and over again, and for the rest of your life here on earth, “It’s all right. You are safe here. If you trust in Jesus He will give you life and you will become a child of the Living God with power from on high. From that moment and for the rest of your life, you are destined to not live like you used to live. You are destined for the light. When you believe in Him, He rescues you; He sets you free.”
 
We want to take you by the hand and walk with you toward the light of resurrection life in Christ Jesus. If you think that’s what church should be about, then we invite you to come to Church of the Open Door. You’ll love being a part of our church family.

 Ministries

 
Small Group ministries are integral to how people connect at COD every week! Each ministry serves not only the church body, but each other and our community in unique, God-honoring ways. They are avenues to access for those who want to go deeper in their walk with our Lord Jesus. They are doorways to enter for those who desire closer relationships within the COD community. They are bridges to cross for those whose hearts are seeking lives of eternal significance. Small Groups at COD not only describe the weekly meetings in many homes in our local community, but also exist within the regular framework of ministry developed and nurtured by our loving staff, elders and lay leaders. We pray you’ll get involved in a group and invite God and others to have real influence in your life.
 
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 Missions

 
Church of the Open Door is committed to making disciples to Jesus Christ. This passion for making disciples sometimes leads our members to become burdened to go as disciple-makers to other countries. Together with them we begin praying that God will allow us to send them out, equipped and prepared for the challenges. When they go out we pray for them, support them financially, and stay connected to them as members of our church family who represent us and who are still in our hearts. When they return to visit we love to get reconnected, help them be refreshed, hear their stories and provide places they can minister while we are together. 
We have missionaries in Africa, Asia, South America, and North America, and have been sending missionaries out since 1916! The missions map on the wall of the Downtown church was a constant reminder of the church’s heart for the world, and that heart still beats strongly for Christ’s message of hope to be shared and heard throughout the earth!
 
 
Global Outreach
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 Media

Here you can find multiple resources for study, discipleship and more. 
 
Sermons
HUB Notes
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Discipleship
100th Year
Celebration
Spiritual
Formation
Open Hearts
Open Homes
Stewardship
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Our Address
701 W. Sierra Madre Ave.
Glendora, CA 91741
Phone: (626) 914-4646
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Weekly Services at COD
Services at 9:00am & 11:00am in the Worship Center
Our services usually include 6-8 singers leading modern worship and hymn arrangements along with full band. There is an emphasis on corporate praise and expository teaching from the Word of God, all in an informal, multi-generational atmosphere.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prayer Requests?
If there is any way that we can pray for you, for your family or for your children please message us below and include your specific prayer request. Our elders and staff pray for these needs each week.
 

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