We are Evangelical:

We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant and authoritative Word of God. We believe the Bible is the final authority in every area it addresses for every individual Christian, as well as for the church collectively (2 Timothy 3:16-172 Peter 1:21John 10:35).

We believe there is one God who eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that all things were created by Him and for Him (Deuteronomy 6:4Isaiah 45:21-22Matthew 28:19Colossians 1:16).

We believe that God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. That He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life (for He was without sin), died a substitutionary death for all mankind, was raised from the dead the third day, ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God until His enemies are made His footstool (John 1:114Matthew 1:18-252 Corinthians 5:211 Peter 3:181 Corinthians 15:3-4Hebrews 10:12-13).

We believe the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. We believe the Holy Spirit regenerate, indwells and seals believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that He empowers them to live as His witnesses (John 14:16-17John 16:7-11Titus 3:5-6Romans 8:91 Corinthians 6:19-20Ephesians 1:13-14Acts 1:8Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10-11).

We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. He created them sinless, equal in value, dignity and worth (Genesis 1:26-28Ephesians 5:22-6:41 Timothy 3:1-7).

We believe that, as a result of the Fall, all people are sinners by nature and in need of a Savior, and that Jesus Christ is the one and only Savior of the world. That salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Him. We believe that all who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved eternally (Romans 3:10Romans 3:23Romans 5:18-19Matthew 1:211 John 4:14John 14:6Acts 4:12Ephesians 2:8-9Romans 10:9).

We believe there is one church, the body of Christ, consisting of men and women from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. We believe that each local congregation is an expression of that universal church. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:41 Corinthians 12:12-13Revelation 5:9Acts 2:42-47).

We believe in a literal return of Jesus Christ to the earth and for the consummation of God’s redemptive plan (Jude 1:14Revelation 19:11-16Revelation 20:4).

We believe in the resurrection of the dead. Believers will be raised to life and unbelievers to shame and everlasting contempt (hell) (Daniel 12:2John 5:25-29Revelation 21:1-22:5).

 We are Premillennial:

We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth, to sit upon the throne of David and rule over the house of Jacob (Israel), and the entire cosmos, forever (Revelation 20:1-6Luke 1:31-33Isaiah 9:6-7).

We are Complementarian:

We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. He created them sinless, equal in value, dignity and worth. According to His purpose and design, God created them to fulfill distinct but complementary roles in the contexts of marriage, family and the local church (Genesis 1:26-28Ephesians 5:22-6:41 Timothy 3:1-7).

Cross-centered:

We believe Christian preaching, discipleship and church planting efforts should be cross-centered, always exalting in and working from the implications of the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

Consecutive Exposition:

We believe consecutive expositional preaching and teaching through books of the Bible should be central to the life of the local church; that by it God’s people might understand His will, submit to His authority and find vitality in His truth.

Cultural Flexibility:

We believe biblically faithful ministry requires presenting the unchanging gospel message in terms and methods that overcome cultural and social barriers to understanding.

Collaborative Attitude:

We believe the church is bigger than any one particular evangelical movement, denomination or church. Valuing God’s work and wisdom through the worldwide body of Christ, CGN seeks to partner with churches and leaders from diverse theological and ministry convictions. While the leadership of CGN is part of the Calvary Chapel Movement, we welcome and pursue collaborative ministry partnerships with likeminded movements, denominations, churches, seminaries and other Christian ministries, for the sake of the gospel.

In our communications, CGN often intentionally uses the word leader(s) for both practical and biblical reasons.

First, CGN is designed to be a network that facilitates training and collaboration between people serving the body of Christ in diverse leadership roles that go beyond common Western concepts of the pastorate. While membership in CGN is limited to church planters, missionaries, and pastors/elders who are leading or establishing local churches, CGN welcomes current and aspiring church leaders of numerous kinds to participate in our educational programs, schools, training institutions, and conferences. Some of the many kinds of leaders CGN seeks to serve and partner with include, pastors/elders, church planters, missionaries, worship leaders, and more.

Second, from a biblical perspective, the New Testament reveals that Jesus has designed the church to be served and matured through people operating in a variety of leadership roles, as they are empowered and enabled by the Holy Spirit. (Rom, 12:3-6. 8b; 1 Cor. 12:28-29; Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-9; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:1-5). In light of this, we do not want to over-emphasize one biblical leadership office, role, or gifting, to the exclusion of the others in our training and collaboration efforts, or in our relevant communications.

For these practical and biblical reasons CGN often utilizes the word leader(s) to provide flexibility in communications efforts and practice biblical inclusivism in our training and collaboration opportunities.