How It All Started
Calvary Global Network’s roots lie in 1965, when Pastor Chuck Smith started pastoring a church in southern California called “Calvary Chapel”. Smith was a revolutionary who welcomed all people, young and old, without judgment, into the local church.
With the explosion of the Jesus People of the 1960s, a radical movement of the Holy Spirit saw a generation of hippies and surfers come to know Jesus and begin to venture out from Costa Mesa to the ends of the earth to make disciples and plant churches.
Since then, Calvary Chapel has grown to be a worldwide family of over 1700 churches, emphasizing the expositional teaching of Scripture, the power of the Holy Spirit, and most of all, the importance of the person and work of Jesus Christ. We are passionate about seeing the next generation continue what was started–the task of proclaiming the Gospel, making disciples, and planting churches.
Defining The Vision
In the late 2010’s, a group of pastors and leaders within the Calvary Chapel family began to dream and strategize about how they could work together to reach the next generation and complete the Great Commission work that Jesus began through His church in the book of Acts.
Drawing upon the vision of Smith and the example of many great men who came before them, this Vision & Leadership Team worked together to form the Calvary Global Network, a collective of Calvary Chapel churches and other like-minded churches who are intentionally-focused on working closely together to plant churches, raise up leaders, and preach the Gospel.
With a desire to see a fresh work of the Spirit and a heart bent towards collaboration and creativity, CGN was born.
Here are some of the key things we focus on:
– We want to see more churches planted and are committed to empowering and enabling people to do it.
– We want to reach the next generation. Our goal is to do this with a healthy respect and reverance for our past, combined with a passion and commitment to the future. We want to constantly be equiping young leaders and providing mentoring relationships that enable them to serve Jesus as best as they possibly can.
– We want to always have a spirit of collaboration, and be willing to work together with leaders and churches from diverse theological and ministry convictions. We are not an island. The other churches in our cities and towns are our family and fellow laborers in The Gospel.
– We want to provide resources to the body of Christ. Through our web presence, we want to use articles, podcasts, videos, annual conferences and more to equip and edify those who are working to reach the world for Christ.
– We want to help others connect. It’s so easy to feel alone in ministry, but we want to help people see they aren’t alone in this! Our “Online Connection Hub” helps the Church by revealing where church plants are needed most, as well as helping those who want to serve in ministry connect with needs in different churches around the world.