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Ministry Manual

Ministry Manual

Calvary Chapel El Monte

STATEMENT OF FAITH

THE SCRIPTURES  We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which the church operates and is the basis for which the church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:3-4, 21).

THE TRINITY
  We believe in one God eternally existent in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three persons are equal in essence and nature, but not in function and office (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8, 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3).

  • GOD THE FATHER We believe in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2, 102:27; John 3:16, 4:24; I Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3).
  • GOD THE SON We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son who became a man, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58,11:25; I Corinthians 15:3-4; I Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; I John 1:2; Revelation 1:8).
  • GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ (John 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:26, 15:13,16; II Corinthians 3:18; Hebrews 9:14). We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide (John 6:13, 14:16-17, 16:8-11; Romans 8:26). We believe in the Baptism with the Holy Spirit as a distinct and separate experience to that of regeneration, occurring either subsequent to or simultaneous with salvation, evidenced by a greater dynamic in the Christian’s life, enabling that person to be a bold and more effective witness. The supreme evidence of the Spirit-filled life is the fruit of the Spirit, love. We believe in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit in regard to the exercise of all biblical gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the instructions given to us (1 Corinthians 12-14).

SIN AND SALVATION  We believe that all people are sinners by nature and choice, falling short of God’s standard and breaking His commandments – and therefore are under God’s righteous judgment. Yet, God saves and gives new life to all who come to Him in repentance and faith, trusting in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. We do not a believe anyone is saved by their own works – we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. At the cross, Jesus died in our place as our substitute, absorbing God’s wrath that should have come upon us. Because Jesus died for the sins of the world the invitation to believe is open to all, and whoever desires may come to Jesus for new life and the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 11:28; John 3:16; Acts 3:19, 20:21; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 8-9; I John 2:2; Revelation 22:17).

THE CHURCH  We believe in one Christian church, comprised of all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ, and thereby being born into the body of Christ, of whom He is head. We believe that there are many different parts of the body (often referred to as denominations) but only consisting of those who hold to the fundamental essentials of the Christian faith. We agree with the maxim, “On the essentials there must be unity; on the non-essentials, liberty; but in all things charity.” (I Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16).

ORDINANCES
  We believe that the Lord, Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church: full-immersion water baptism of believers and the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; I Corinthians 11:23-26).

HEAVEN AND HELL
 We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with God. Those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from God (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9, 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; I Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11, 20:11-15).

CHRIST’S SECOND COMING  
We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, which is His personal, visible return to Earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless separation of the wicked (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15). We believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church where all believers will meet the Lord in the air and be taken out of this world prior to the Tribulation Period that will come upon the earth (Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; I Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-16, 5:9; II Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10, 7:13-14).

MARRIAGE
  We believe that God created humankind male and female. As such, He created them different so as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. Therefore, we perform marriages in accordance with the Bible consistent with the Old and New Testament (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6; John 4:16-18; Romans 1:18-32; I Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-11,18-20, 7:1-3,8-9; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; I Timothy 1:9-11).

 

WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE STARTED

Calvary Chapel El Monte is a non-denominational Christian church affiliated with thousands of other Calvary Chapels all around the world. If you would like more information on Calvary Chapel as a whole, visit the Calvary Chapel Association website.

Link: http://calvarycca.org/

From a human perspective, Calvary Chapel El Monte started when Manny went witnessing on the streets of the city. When he was young, he grew up in El Monte, but in the sixth grade his father was shot and wounded in a drive-by shooting. Manny was then taken out of the city. At the age of 22 Manny experienced a radical salvation and transformation at Calvary Chapel West Covina (now Calvary Chapel Golden Springs), under Pastor Raul Ries. As Manny served the Lord for the next 13 years, El Monte began to stir in his heart. In 2002 the work began, and it’s been absolutely amazing to see what God has done in so many lives over the years.

 

PASTOR’S DUTIES

 

Senior Pastor

The Senior Pastor (sometimes referred to as “lead,” or “teaching” pastor) is called to feed and lead the flock, as he himself is led by Jesus, who is the Head of the church (Colossians 1:18). The Senior Pastor is responsible to lovingly feed and lead the flock by teaching the Bible and bowing his heart and will before God in prayer, as we read in Acts 6:4 “but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

The Senior Pastor is called to teach and tend the flock because of his love for the Lord as well as the people (John 21:15-19)

 

Associate Pastors and Deacons

The Associate Pastors and Deacons are called to come alongside the Senior Pastor and help him with ministerial duties.

Manny, “When we first began, it was my responsibility to teach, pray, counsel, go on visitations, answer the phone, clean, do computer work, and anything else the church needed to be done. As we grew in numbers, God provided men to take care of these other areas, to hold up my hands, so to speak (Exodus 17:8-13). By taking care of these other things for me, I’m able to give myself to the Word of God and prayer (Acts 6:1-4). Not that a Senior pastor ever reaches a point where he’s no longer willing to clean toilets (I still do at times), but we now have other pastors and deacons to help. One day I will give an account to God for CC El Monte, for all that takes place here, for every ministry, therefore I must lead by staying as close as I can to Christ. I’m grateful to God for men who are like-minded and understand their calling, for such men are rare (Philippians 2:20). Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, gave him wise counsel that we here at Calvary Chapel El Monte hold tightly to in how we handle things as servant-leaders:”

Exodus 18:19-22 “Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you.”

Associate Pastors also have ways of helping tend to the flock such as opportunities to teach, counsel, pray for and with the body, visit the sick, and to officiate at weddings and funerals.

Deacons have the opportunity to serve in many ways, including financial administration, building maintenance and the service of tables (Acts 6:2-3).

 

Below is a link to a great study for Assistant and Associate Pastors by Dale Goddard:

https://calvarychapelelmonte.sermon.net/pa/21206910.mp3

 

OVERSEERS

Overseers are called to lead the ministry that God has entrusted to them. In a team effort with the Senior Pastor and Pastors the Overseer runs with the vision that God has given for each particular ministry. Overseers need to stay in step with the Spirit, maintain a fresh vision, and have a heart to pray for and disciple those who serve in that particular ministry.

 

OVERSEERS – AS OF OCTOBER 2018

Ministry Overseer
Administration Abel Contreras
Breaking Chains Ray Rodriguez
Children’s Nursery Ray & Stephanie Saldana
Children’s (1st – 6th) Jesse Rios & Rich Aguilar
Coffee Cart Liz Acosta
Daleview Study Abel Contreras
Helps Jesse & Maria Rios
Hope Orphanage Debra Gomez
Homeschool Craig & Betty Garcia
J.E.T. Raymond Saldana
Lending Library Shelly Coronilla
Livestream Henry Acosta
Marriage Manny & Shelly Coronilla
Media Henry Acosta
Men’s Henry Acosta
Mission’s
Music Angel Sanchez
New Believers Ray & Laura Rodriguez
Power Point Henry Acosta
Prayer Bob Young
Singles Ron Armendariz
Spanish Peter Rivas
Sound Sergio Sanchez
Usher’s Richard Ortiz & Mark Barrios
Watchmen Henry Acosta
Website Henry Acosta
Women’s Shelly Coronilla
Women’s Prayer Maria Rios
Young Adults
Youth Jerry & Marie Gayton

 

In order to serve at CCEM:

The person must have been attending CCEM for a minimum of 3 months.

The person must have submitted a Ministry Questionnaire, which must be approved. The process should take approximately 2 weeks.

The person must not be living a lifestyle of sin (persistent, unrepentant sin)

 

Once the person has been approved for ministry and is involved:

All servants must be dependable; they must show up when they are scheduled to serve.

If the servant doesn’t show up to serve, and has done so volitionally, they will be asked to sit for a month; the Overseer will meet with that person after first meeting with the Pastor, to pray and discuss the matter.

 

All servants must show up to serve on time indicated by their Overseer.

If the servant is consistently late, without excuse, they will be asked to sit for a month; the Overseer will meet with that person after first meeting with the Pastor, to pray and discuss the matter.

This may sound tedious to track, but we ask that you (Overseers) take this seriously for the benefit of the servant, the body, and the glory of God.

 

All servants must sit in at least 1 service per week (Sunday AM, or Midweek)

Of course there are exceptions for vacations, illnesses, and/or special circumstances.

If the servant is not willing to sit in at least 1 service per week they will be asked to step down; the Overseer will meet with that person after first meeting with the Pastor, to pray and discuss the matter.

 

All servants must attend their specific Ministry Meetings.

If the servant misses the meeting without a valid reason, they will be asked to step down until the next meeting; the Overseer will meet with that person after first meeting with the Pastor, to pray and discuss the matter.

If the servant misses the meeting with a valid excuse, they must listen to the content of the meeting (which must be recorded) and write a 1-page report to be turned in to the Overseer within 2 weeks of the meeting.

 

All servants must attend general Ministry Meetings.

If the servant misses the meeting without a valid reason, they will be asked to step down until the next meeting; the Overseer will meet with that person after first meeting with the Pastor, to pray and discuss the matter.

If the servant misses the meeting with a valid excuse, , they must listen to the content of the meeting (which must be recorded), and write a 1-page report to be turned in to the Overseer within 2 weeks of the meeting.

 

Miscellaneous Guidelines

We ask that between services the tables in the foyer be shut down. We want to do our best to emphasize the importance of being in service.

If you’re an adult involved in ministry, we ask that any isolated interaction and fellowship between you and a minor in the church, be approved by parent and overseer. We must always be on full alert for child predators.

If you’re involved in ministry, we ask that you’d set up healthy boundaries between you and anyone of the opposite sex who isn’t your wife. Billy Graham had a great practice of never being alone with a woman other than his wife. We must guard ourselves from falling into sexual sin.

If you’re involved in ministry, and are overcome by sin, please let us know, speak to a pastor or your overseer. We want to be here to help you overcome, and must keep in mind that sin in the camp can be the cause of defeat for the entire church (Joshua 7; Galatians 6:1-2; 1 Corinthians 5:6)

If you’re involved in ministry we ask that you’d abstain from drinking alcohol (Proverbs 20:1; Ephesians 5:18)

 

CALVARY CHAPEL PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY

 

“Things I learned from my pastor”

Biblical Principles passed down from Pastor Chuck Smith (1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

 

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the LORD. (An emphasis on Zechariah 4:6)

This is why Calvary Chapels often have an outline of a dove as a graphic symbol/reminder (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:22; John 1:32).

 

The servant of the LORD must not strive (Luke 10:41)

Let the Lord do the work, if He’s in it great, if He’s not in it, I don’t want to be either J

 

Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken. (1 Corinthians 9:22)

We must always be open to the Holy Spirit who might do things different than we normally do.

“Methods are many, principles are few, methods always change, principles never do.”

 

Where God guides, God provides (Philippians 4:10-19)

Pastor Chuck never asked for money, not even in His radio programs, and yet, God blessed him financially beyond measure. Nowadays, unfortunately many Calvary’s are asking for money, taking multiple offerings, and in my opinion, conducting too many fundraisers.

Let’s pray for God to provide as He guides; let’s have a heart willing to say if He hasn’t provided, then He hasn’t guided.

 

The greatest in the kingdom must learn to be the servant of all (Matthew 18:1-4, 23:11-12; Mark 9:33-35; Luke 22:23-27)

 

Healthy sheep beget sheep (John 1:40-42; 15:16)

 

Be submissive and loyal (1 Samuel 24:6, 10; 1 Peter 5:5)

 

Emphasize what God has done for us, not what we can do for God (Romans 8; 1 Samuel 12:24; Psalm 66:16)

 

Feed the sheep, don’t beat them (John 21:15-19)

 

Present the Word of God in a loving, relaxed, and relevant manner (John 15, Jeremiah 3:15; 1 Chronicles 12:32)

 

Worship through song and praise music is vital (Ephesians 5:18-19)

 

Be balanced theologically (1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Timothy 2:23-26; Acts 20:27) (Beware of extreme views of the Bible or in the Body)

 

Encourage the people to pray (1 Samuel 12:23, Luke 18:1; 21:36; 1 Timothy 2:1-4)

 

When you’re confronted with that which you do not understand, fall back on what you do understand. (Proverbs 3:5-6; John 9)

 

Be a shepherd, not a hireling (John 14-16; Pastoral Epistles)

 

God cares about the work in you, and not just the work through you (John 21:20-25)

 

Elaborations on our Philosophy of Ministry, from Calvary Chapel Association

Biblical Exposition

We place great emphasis on the exposition of Scripture and teaching the entire Bible chapter-by-chapter and verse-by-verse. We believe that the Spirit of God works through the Word of God in the hearts of the people of God. Exposition is more than merely speaking about the bible or from the Bible; it is the proclamation of the Bible itself. The work of the expositor is to determine what God has said in Scripture and then to convey it to God’s people so that God’s own voice is heard.

We believe that Bible exposition is inductive: directing the listener to the Bible’s own truth without preconceived ideas. We believe that Bible exposition is exegetical: demanding that the pastor critically examine the text with accuracy and basing his message upon observable principles of interpretation.

(Acts 20:26-27; Nehemiah 8:1-8; 2 Timothy 4:1-2)

 

Christ Centered Worship

Worship: noun – 1. the activity of worshipping 2. a feeling of profound love, admiration and adoration.

In the book of revelation the scene in heaven is filled with heavenly voices worshipping the Lord. It is part of the life-blood of Calvary Chapel and whether we are alone, in the congregation, with or without musical accompaniment we lift our voices to the heavens in praise to our living God. We sing hymns, choruses, contemporary and traditional expressions with a broad spectrum of instruments as sampled in Psalm 150. We worship God for what He has done for us through His Son’s death and resurrection. We are a people of praise and the voices we lift up here on earth will practice for an eternity of worship in heaven.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

(2 Kings 3:6-16a; Ephesians 5:19; Ephesians 5:19)

 

Eschatology

Calvary Chapel Association holds to the Pretribulational Premillennial interpretation of Biblical Eschatology. This view anticipates a literal fulfillment of yet unfulfilled prophecies just as previously fulfilled prophecies have been literally fulfilled. (Matthew 5:17-18)

The Pretribulational Premillennial understanding encourages the most obvious and literal interpretation of the scriptures and has proven to be the most reliable and historically accurate form of interpretation of prophetic events. (Matthew 24:25, John 14:29)

Pretribulational Premillennial teaches that before the establishment of the one thousand year reign of Christ, known as the millennium (Revelation 20:6). Jesus Christ will first remove His church, the bride of Christ from earth prior to the advent of the Antichrist and the tribulation period of the end times. (2 Thessalonians 2:7-8; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13).

The Pretribulational Premillennial view espouses the Doctrine of Imminency which delineates between the sudden and joyous rapture of the church (Luke 21:36; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58; Revelation 3:10) from the global and predictable Second Coming of Christ with the church in judgment. (Revelation 19:11-16).

 

Since its inception, Calvary Chapel has always placed a major emphasis on the Second-Coming of Jesus Christ. This emphasis is both Biblical and practical in the sense that it moves us to live lives of holiness in constant anticipation of the return of the Lord.

 

God’s Grace & Love

Grace has been defined as, “God’s unmerited favor.” In contrasting grace, mercy and justice, I see that justice is getting what I deserve, mercy is not getting what I deserve, and grace is getting what I don’t deserve. I don’t deserve the blessing that He bestows daily on my life.

In Newell’s commentary on Romans 6 he has some great comments on grace, he declares that it is God acting freely, according to His own nature of love, with no promises or obligations to fulfill: and acting righteously in view of the cross it is uncaused in the recipient: its cause lies wholly in the giver. It cannot act where there is cause or desert, it does not help, it is absolute, it does it all. Thus our proper attitude should be, to consent to be loved, though we are aware of how unworthy we are of that love; to refuse to make resolutions and vows to be better, for that is to trust in our flesh; to expect to be blessed, though we know how unworthy we are of those blessings.

Satan would have me to focus on myself, and when I do, I can see many reasons for God to withhold His blessings, but when I focus on His grace, I expect and receive abundant blessings that never stop.

(2 Timothy 2:1; Romans 5:20)

 

Male Leadership in the Pulpit

Gender matters to God. Masculinity and femininity are not just social constructs. When God created mankind He did so male and female, and God uses gender to teach important spiritual truths about His relationship with His people. The Bible reveals God as masculine, and His people as feminine. This is why in the Church and in the home, God wants our relationships between the sexes to mirror His relationship with His people. Like Christ, men should lovingly lead – and like the Church, women should willingly follow.

1 Timothy 1-3 sets out four qualifications for elders and pastors: moral character, giftedness to teach, divine calling, and male gender. God uses women in strategic ways, but pastoral authority and the teaching of doctrine in the church is reserved for qualified men.

In Calvary Chapel we have been blessed with a wonderful example of male leadership. Pastor Chuck has been a spiritual father to thousands of young people. He has been a model of biblical masculinity – strong yet gracious. A high priority in the Calvary Chapel philosophy is to help all our men be the servant leader God desires and their family deserves.

 

(1 Timothy 2:12; 3:1)

 

Baptism of the Holy Spirit/Gifts

The task of reaching the world with gospel of Jesus Christ is an impossible one. Impossible that is without the equipping and enabling of the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge that to live for and serve the Lord we need the dynamic that the Lord Jesus imparts through the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. He has called us, commissioned us, and promised to equip us. (Acts 1:8)

The promise of this power (Dunamis) is a gift for every believer (Acts 2:39) subsequent to the Holy Spirits work of regeneration and to be received by faith as a separate and distinct work of grace to that of salvation.

The Lord has also promised to equip His servants with spiritual gifts for the work of the ministry. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) These gifts are for all believers to experience as the Lord wills and did not cease to be manifest at the end of the apostolic age.

 

(Ephesians 5:18; Luke 11:1-13) (Class 9)

 

Servant Leadership

One of the things the Lord has been pleased to bless in Calvary Chapel is its emphasis upon servant leadership.  This is the conviction among its pastors that the church we pastor does not exist to serve us, but that we are called to serve and lay our lives down for them.  Jesus taught that we are not to be like the rulers of the Gentiles who lord their power and authority over others, but rather that the way to greatness in the kingdom of God comes by being a servant.  He declared of Himself as our example in this, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28).

Pastors who consider themselves to be too important to do anything and everything needed in order to serve the flock entrusted to them, reveal that they have come to think of themselves as more self-important than our Lord.  As pastors we cannot represent our “Servant” Lord, without being servants ourselves. Pride, harshness, a sense of self-importance or a dictatorial spirit is inconsistent with Jesus’ example. There are wonderful promises in God’s word toward those who choose to live a life of servant leadership, including 1 Peter 5:5, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

(Mark 9:33-37; 10:32-45) (Class 2)

 

Integrity and Morality in Leadership

When Paul wrote to Timothy concerning the qualifications of a pastor, he made it clear that a pastor was to be “able to teach” (1 Timothy 3:2). The question is: was Paul only saying that one of the qualifications of a pastor is that he be able to verbally communicate theology, clearly? If that is the case, then even non-believers who read prepared scripts could qualify as a teacher of God’s Word, and thus become a pastor. Many church pulpits are occupied by such men.

Teaching the bible is different than teaching someone how to read, or write, or to do basic math. It is the communication of spiritual truth, and God’s Word is to be communicated by those who have personally partaken in the transforming power of the message that they now give.

Paul said that pastors are to be “examples to the believers” (1 Timothy 4:12), because the Word of God is lived out amongst people, and pastors – of all people – are “walking sermons” before the world, and the churches that they lead.

This means that, as ministers of the gospel, pastors should have lives that clearly line up with scripture, and as such a pastor’s life should be earmarked by integrity and moral purity.

Sadly, the gospel message has often been undermined, not only by obvious heretics, but also through ministers who have not “lived out” the gospel and have, by moral failures of every kind, done damage to the message of salvation and transformation that we find in its message.

In Calvary Chapel ministries, we desire to be men who not only talk the message, but also walk the message. We take Paul’s admonition to Titus to heart, where Paul instructed Titus to “in all things show himself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence (and) incorruptibility” (Titus 2:7).

As a group of men birthed by the Jesus Movement, it is our desire to keep Jesus first, to honor His name, and to keep ourselves “unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). Because this is true, we place a high emphasis on not just giving out, but living out the gospel before the world, our family, and those whom God has entrusted to our care.

As Calvary Chapel pastors, we know that the ministry is not a job, a fast-track to fame, a place to show off our talents, or something we try to do because we are not skilled enough to do something else. It is a calling, something that we must do because we long for nothing else. And this longing to minister is undergirded by a hunger to please God, and a desire to walk worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We are aware that God has entrusted the care of His sheep to us, and because we take such a charge seriously, we guard our hearts, and we minister with integrity, and moral purity.

(1 Timothy 3:1-7)

It’s interesting that the word “godliness is found 8 times in Paul’s first pastoral letter to Timothy. Note: 1 Timothy 4:7-8; 6:11.

 

Informal/ Relaxed Style

Calvary Chapel gives high priority to a “relational style” of ministry. Romans 15:7 says to “accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.” Jesus accepted people as they were when they came to Him, so they could then be transformed by their relationship with Him. Because of this, people could be ‘real’ with Jesus. He did not want them ‘putting on airs’ of formality or religiosity. We at Calvary’s cherish being able to have an intimate fellowship with Christ that is relaxed, and not filled with a sense of judgment, suspicion, or unworthiness. “The ground at the foot of the Cross is level,” meaning no one is more holy or righteous than another there, but we, through Him, are all accepted. For this reason we accept each other, and seek to love one another (John 13:34-35). We try not to set up religious formalities as ‘hoops’ for people to jump through before they are welcomed. Rather we seek to show them and tell them of the genuine love that we have found in Christ.

In this accepting, informal style we have found it easier for us all to feel comfortable to express our needs, issues, and even our sins, thus allowing Jesus to help us, cleanse us, and change us!

Through relationships Jesus discipled the 12, and with the help of the Spirit we seek to do the same. Though we tend to be relaxed and informal, it does not mean we are ‘loose or lax’ about hurtful or dishonorable behavior. Our utmost desire in our relationships is to both please the Lord, and provide a loving atmosphere so that everyone in the church can flourish.

(1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Peter 4:8; Galatians 3:3; 5:1)

 

Reaching the Next Generation

Calvary Chapel was birthed out of an amazing outpouring of the Spirit of God upon predominately younger people in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Coming to faith in Christ from every imaginable background, thousands of teenagers and young adults found themselves caught up in what would later be referred to as the Jesus People Movement. Ever since those early days, Calvary Chapel pastors have put an emphasis on reaching the next generation. This is quite a natural thing for most of us; it almost seems to be part of our spiritual DNA since many of us came to faith in Christ ourselves during our teen or young adult years. To this day, we hold the deep conviction that God has a special place in His heart for young people, from children right into the young adult years.

Because of this conviction, we try to make sure that we have strong, biblically based ministries that are relevant to the various age groups. With the smaller children, we want them to know how much God loves them and what a beautiful plan He has for their lives, so we do our best to communicate that in ways they will understand. Children’s ministry is a priority, not just a matter of keeping the kids occupied while the adults worship. We believe these young ones have a capacity to know and experience the Lord, so we do all when can to facilitate that.

With the teen and young adult age group, we should try to structure our services in a way that lets them know they are welcome and wanted among us. Our music should inspire them to worship Jesus; the ministry should be something that they are made to feel a part of. Allow the younger generation to engage in serving the Lord throughout the fellowship. Use them to teach the younger ones; include them on the worship teams; call on them to lead in prayer; allow them to share from the Word of God. Encourage them to be on mission in daily life as well as through unique ministry opportunities such as outreach and short-term missions. Ultimately, it is the young people who are going to reach the next generation—their generation. That’s what happened in the early days of the Jesus People and that’s what will happen today.

We who are pastors, teachers, and leaders have a role to play: to equip and empower these young people to rise up and fulfill the call of God on their lives. Remember the words of Jesus concerning the children: “Let the little children to come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:16). Let’s pray the Lord will continually give us a heart for the children; let’s pray for a great work of the Spirit among the younger generation; and let’s make ourselves available to be used by the Lord to influence and encourage the next generation to know, love, and serve Him.

 

(Mark 10:13-16; 1 Timothy 4:12)

 

The above handout (section II) from CCA is predominantly drawn from an online page at:

http://calvarychapelassociation.com/general-information/philosophy/

 

III. CALVARY DISTINCTIVES

The following section is based upon the book, Calvary Distinctives, by Pastor Chuck Smith

 

God’s Model for the Church is the Book of Acts

Pastor Chuck, “Calvary Chapel looks to the book of Acts as the model for the church.”

(Acts 1:8; 2:42; 14:27)

 

Church Government – the Moses model (episkopos)

Pastor Chuck, “I believe God’s model is that the pastor is ruled over by the Lord and recognized by the congregation as God’s anointed instrument to lead the church, with the board guiding and directing. Complementing this is the role of the assisting pastors. They are there to minister to the spiritual needs of the people on a daily basis. With these components in place, there is an effective form of church government.”

 

Empowered by the Spirit

Pastor Chuck, “I believe God’s model is that the pastor is ruled over by the Lord and recognized by the congregation as God’s anointed instrument to lead the church, with the board guiding and directing. Complementing this is the role of the assisting pastors. They are there to minister to the spiritual needs of the people on a daily basis. With these components in place, there is an effective form of church government.”

 

Let Jesus build His Church

Pastor Chuck, “A distinctive characteristic of Calvary Chapel is a relaxed casual style. There isn’t a lot of spiritual hype. The pastor doesn’t try to motivate people carnally nor is apt to shout at the congregation. This stems from the belief that if the Lord doesn’t build the house, they labor in vain who build it. A lot of hype and pressure aren’t really going to do the job. We simply trust in the work of the Holy Spirit and that Jesus Christ is building His church as He said He would.”

 

Grace upon Grace

Pastor Chuck, “God loves to take, develop, remold, and rebuild lives that are a real wreck. Look at most of the Calvary Chapel ministers. Their lives were a real wreck, yet look at how God has restored. Look at the wealth and the value that have come out of these lives. It’s a beautiful work of God to see what the world has cast off as hopeless wrecks transformed into glorious vessels of honor.”

 

The Priority of the Word

Pastor Chuck, “Another primary distinctive of Calvary Chapel is the endeavor to declare to people the whole counsel of God. We see this principle illustrated when Paul met with the Ephesian elders in Acts 20. As they were on the shore of the Aegean at Miletus, around the coastal area of Ephesus, Paul said that he was innocent of the blood of all men, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).  Now, how is it possible for a person to claim to have declared “the whole counsel of God”? The only way a person could make that claim would be if he taught through the whole Word of God with them, from Genesis to Revelation. Once a pastor has taken his congregation through the Bible, then he can say to them, “I have not shunned to declare unto you the whole counsel of God.”

 

The Centrality of Jesus Christ

2 Corinthians 4:5 “For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.”

 

The Rapture of the Church

 

Finishing in the Spirit

Galatians 3:3 “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?”

 

MINISTRY GOALS

 

Exalt God

 

Edify the Body

 

Evangelize the World

 

Principles of Ministry

The following section is based upon the book, 10 Power Principles for Christian Service, by David and Warren Wiersbe

 

  1. The Foundation of the Ministry is Character

 

  1. The Nature of the Ministry is Service

 

  1. The Motive of the Ministry is Love

 

  1. The Measure of the Ministry is Sacrifice

 

  1. The Authority of the Ministry is Submission

 

  1. The Purpose of the Ministry is the Glory of God

 

  1. The Privilege of the Ministry is Growth

 

  1. The Tools of the Ministry are Prayer and the Word

 

  1. The Power of the Ministry is the Holy Spirit

 

  1. The Model of the Ministry is Jesus Christ

 

Recommended Books:

Anything by Pastor Chuck Smith, especially Calvary Dinstinctives, Why Grace Changes Everything, Living Water, Effective Prayer Life, The Tribulation and the Church, The Man God Uses, Harvest.

Anything by Warren Wiersbe, especially With the Word, The Strategy of Satan, On Being a Servant.

From Fury to Freedom and Doctrines, by Pastor Raul Ries

30 Days to Understanding the Bible and 30 Days to Understanding the Christian Life, by Max Anders

The Knowledge of the Holy and The Pursuit of God, by A. W. Tozer

Mere Christianity and Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis

Married Happily and God’s Design for Dating, by Greg Laurie

The Making of a Man of God and Victorious Christian Living by Alan Redpath

Second, by L.E. Romaine

Spiritual Leadership by Oswald Sanders

Faithful Service, by Rich Chaffin

The Treasure Principle, by Randy Alcorn

God’s Chosen Fast, by Arthur Wallis

Basic Christianity, by John Stott

What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? by Kevin Young

Christian Living in the Home, by Jay Adams

Counseling God’s Way, by Bob Hoekstra

 

Recommended RESOURCES:

PastorChuck.org (also available as an app)

Venture in Faith

Link: https://youtu.be/lrxsFErLcHY

My House Shall be Called a House of Prayer

Link: https://youtu.be/40F5wMbjugE

Apologist Charlie Campbell

Link: https://www.alwaysbeready.com