What are Agape’s Service Times?
Sunday Morning – First Service *
6:25-7:00am Early Bird Meditation
7:00-8:00am Early Bird Service
* Same great message, same great music, better parking, better seating!
Early Bird gets the Word!
Sunday Morning – Second Service
Sunday Morning – Third Service
Sunday Evening Healing/Revealing Service
6:00pm Meditation & 6:30pm Service
Wednesday Evening Service
6:45pm Meditation & 7:15pm Minister’s Message
Does Dr. Michael speak at every service?
Dr. Michael speaks at all three Sunday Services except when he is away on speaking engagements and international conferences. Dr. Michael himself selects guest speakers, Agape affiliates who are renowned in their fields of expertise.
Are there services and programs for children during the adult services?
Yes, every Sunday children’s services are conducted for all ages including teens, as well as a nursery staffed by our volunteers.
Are there any Agape communities outside of Los Angeles? If not, how can I affiliate and study its courses?
Agape is developing many possibilities for individuals and related spiritual communities living outside of Los Angeles to become affiliates, to study with us, and to serve our global family. To mention just a few, you may join the Inspire Online Subscription to download his talks, subscribe to our e-bulletin, attend Agape’s annual transformational Revelation conference, or one of Dr. Beckwith’s spring or New Year’s meditation retreats. Dr. Beckwith does travel to the East Coast and announcements appear on our Website, as well as announcements of his speaking schedule throughout the United States and internationally. We are currently preparing to offer distance learning classes through our University of Transformational Studies and Leadership.
Do I have to be an official member to attend Agape’s services, take classes and participate in special events and volunteer?
Agape does not require formal affiliation and is accessible to all individuals on equal terms. This applies to all aspects of taking classes, receiving pastoral care services, volunteering in outreach programs, and so on. The exception applies to those individuals who wish to become a licensed practitioner/spiritual counselor or minister and therefore must fulfill the requirements relative to these licensed ecclesiastical positions.
Is Agape a church, and do its members follow a mainstream religious teaching based on scripture?
Agape’s teachings embrace a Reality the world’s scriptures and sacred texts endeavor to describe, even as they acknowledge the impossibility of such a task. Some call it God, Great Spirit, Hashem, or Allah, while others simply prefer to leave it nameless. Agape teaches that this Spirit is the Source of our life, that we are made in its image and likeness, which makes us co-creative participants in the three-dimensional world in which we live.
Through Agape’s teaching of the New Thought-Ageless Wisdom tradition of spirituality, individuals are taught the universal principles, cosmic laws, meditation, prayer and visioning techniques that have been practiced by spiritual seekers for thousands of years, teachings which to this very day are practical in meeting humanity’s challenges of 21st century living. Agape’s universal truth teachings point the way to how an individual may cultivate their own unique relationship with the Ineffable, live their life from a place of conscious connection with the already enlightened essential Self, and be of authentic service to the planet.
In Agape’s services and classes we refer to the world’s scriptures and sacred texts, as well as the writings of ancient and contemporary mystics, teachers, sages, philosophers, pundits, scientists, and even the enlightened person next door!
In everyday parlance, “church” is associated with Christian denominations and their houses of worship. Agape’s founder has designated Agape as a trans-denominational spiritual “center” and community because this terminology best describes the inclusiveness for which Agape is known. See also
Is Agape Christian? And what about the Bible and Jesus?
No, and yes.
Yes, some Agape members are Christian, and their personal encounter with the spirit of Jesus as an embodiment of the Christ Consciousness richly informs their spiritual lives.
No, if by Christian you mean the acceptance of Jesus as the only savior and Christianity as the only path to God and eternal salvation. Yes, in the sense that New Thought- Ancient Wisdom history includes the Gnostic teachings of the earliest Christian mystical sects, as well as the founders of the uniquely American New Thought Movement including Emmanuel Swedenborg, Ernest Holmes, Howard Thurman, and transcendentalists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and others.
The Bible is referenced in Dr. Beckwith’s services and Agape’s classes. However, the version that is used is a metaphysical, Gnostic-inspired edition translated and interpreted from the original Aramaic, rather than the Greek translation used in traditional Christian churches such as the King James version, or the Saint Gregory version used by the Catholic church.
Agape teaches that Jesus was not the great exception, but rather the great example. Classically, the New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality regards Jesus an enlightened being, one who attained cosmic consciousness, or liberation from a sense of separation from the Source of all that is. Jesus is revered as a wayshower, as an exemplar of unconditional love, selfless service, and self-mastery. See also
Can I still practice my Judaism/Christianity and become a member of Agape?
Absolutely. Many within the Agape community maintain their Jewish/Christian faith, while others continue to practice the teachings of Jesus, Buddha, or other spiritual master teachers of past or present generations. As a result, mixed-tradition couples and families often find common ground at Agape without compromising other loyalties. See also
How do I become an Agape member? Does Agape proselytize, and are members expected to proselytize?
To inquire about membership you may visit our Membership & Guest Relations Table before or after any one of our Sunday or Wednesday services. You will receive a New Member Packet as well as information about our upcoming Events.
Is there a special protocol or etiquette I would be expected to follow during services? Is there a dress code?
Although Agape has no altar or religious icons in its sanctuary, the space itself is considered sacred and the vibration within it holy. As with all temples, mosques, synagogues and churches, Agape expects that those attending services present themselves and conduct themselves with respect and reverence for the total environment and other individuals within the space. No food or beverages are permitted in the sanctuary, but water is fine. While there is no formal dress code, we encourage respect and reverence to inform individuals about what is appropriate.
Does Agape take collections during services, and how does it support its administration?
As a non-profit, philanthropic organization, Agape depends upon the generosity of its members, congregants and friends. Agape provides various vehicles for the giving of tithes, gifts, legacy giving and more to support our administration, ministries, departments and humanitarian local and global outreach services. Collections are taken during its services, and you may learn about other tithing and giving opportunities by visiting the Donation page on this website.
During services mention is made of “practitioners” who pray on behalf of the congregation and with individual clients.
What is a practitioner?
Practitioners are individuals licensed as part of the ecclesiastical order of Agape. They have taken specific classes in the New Thought-Ageless Wisdom teachings and function as spiritual counselors who practice a form of prayer that is in alignment with universal principles governing the cosmos. Practitioners are available for prayer at the end of each Sunday and Wednesday service, and also participate in a 24-hour prayer phone line which anyone may call and request prayer at (310) 348-1270.