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Calvary Chapel started as a non-denominational Christian church founded in 1961 in Costa Mesa, California, which in the wake of a move of the Holy Spirit, grew into an international family of over 1700 churches around the world.

This site exists to equip, encourage, and edify the pastors, leaders, and members of the Calvary Chapel family, as well as the larger body of Christ.

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Listen to teachings by Chuck Smith

Sermons from the founder of Calvary Chapel.

Cultivate: Church Planter training program

The vision of Cultivate is to see these churches planted not haphazardly or in solitude, but in partnership with the local church.

Podcast Episodes

The latest from some of our shows! For more content, check out our podcast Network!

  • Healing From Covid Division - Terry Michaels
    by Aaron Salvato & Brian Higgins on February 3, 2023 at 3:30 am

    In this episode Aaron chats with pastor Terry Michaels, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Austin Texas, for a conversation about a wound that's been inflicted on the church in recent times - division. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about […]

  • Season 4 Coming Soon!
    by Calvary Global Network on February 2, 2023 at 9:44 pm

    Get ready for season four of the Mission and Methods podcast! Host Nick Cady and the CGN Team will be bringing you exclusive interviews with members of the CGN executive team, diving into their roles, passion, vision, and personal […]

  • Church Leadership - Giving Women a Seat at the Table - Bonus Episode | Brenda Leavenworth, Jen Bursch, Annie Harley, & Shirley Ruiz
    by Leadership Collective on February 2, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    In this bonus episode of the Leadership Collective, we are sharing a recent episode from our partners at the When She Leads podcast:  In this episode of the When She Leads podcast, Brenda Leavenworth is joined by Jen Bursch (Calvary […]

  • How Long, O Lord? - The Biblical Genre of Lament and Its Role in Our Lives Today
    by Nick Cady on February 2, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Welcome to Season 3 of Theology for the People! Michael Payne is the Worship Pastor at White Fields Community Church in Longmont, Colorado. Previously he served as a missionary and worship pastor in Hungary at Golgota Budapest. Prior […]

  • Church Leadership - Giving Women a Seat at the Table
    by Brenda Leavenworth on February 1, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    In this episode, we are joined by Jen Bursch, Annie Harley, and Shirley Ruiz in a candid conversation about the necessity and value of the presence of women at the table of church leadership. We pray that this conversation encourages […]

  • Learning from Pastor Augustine with Shane Angland + Ian Clary
    by James Rightmer on January 31, 2023 at 8:15 am

    What should contemporary preachers and pastors learn from the influential early Christian leader  Augustine, was a prominent theologian and philosopher, who played a significant role in shaping Western philosophy and Christianity […]

  • Ka’ahumanu, Part 2
    by Cheryl Brodersen, Robin Gunn on January 31, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Robin has a personal affection for our unforgettable Woman Worth Knowing this week. During the decade that Robin lived on Maui, she saw the name “Ka’ahumanu” on a church, a shopping mall, and street signs. She began researching […]

  • Pastor Matt Kehler on Expressive Individualism's Impact On Parenting
    by Nate Holdridge on January 25, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Nate and Matt Kehler have a deep talk on the topic of expressive individualism and the impact that that has had on today's society and specifically on children. Matt gives insight on how parents can approach this topic with kids, when […]

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Theology

Reformation Day: Live Session with Lance Ralston

As a finale to our celebration of 500 years since the Reformation, we are excited to have guests David Guzik and Lance Ralston speak on…
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Warnings About Progressive Christianity (Repost from Can I Say That?)

Aaron gets invited to come onto Brenna Blain's podcast "Can I Say That?", a podcast that tackles tough topics around Christianity and faith. In the…
Theology

Did Jesus Claim to be God?

In the part of the world that I currently live and work in, Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf, it’s possible to say something without actually…
Theology
A Look at Authorial Intent in the Bible
Theology
The Case for Premillennialism
Theology
Is Belief in a Literal Resurrection of Christ Really Important
Theology
Personal Eschatology: What Happens When I Die?
Theology
FB Live Talk on Creativity & Theology
Theology
When We Like God, But Don’t Know Jesus
Culture

The Link: Prayer Around the World, How Pastors Handle Ungathered Worship, Preaching to an Empty Room & More

"How Are Pastors Handling Ungathered Worship?"– Christianity Today"Six church leaders share about their adaptations, innovations, and frustrations as they respond to COVID-19." "Prayer Around the…
Culture

Don’t Sell Your Birthright, Pastors Perspective, How to Live Like Jesus in Election Season & More

"Don’t Sell Your Birthright for Sex"– The Gospel Coalition"My friend ultimately surrendered to his feelings, and to his boyfriend’s pleas, and made a conscious decision…
Culture

The Link: Anger at Archbishop Glenn, Missions 2020, The Most Important Pursuit of Young People & More!

"Anger at Archbishop Glenn Davies for Saying Anglicans Should Believe What Anglicans Believe"– MurrayCampell.net "Outrage is one of the few certainties of our age. At…
Culture
Are Christians on the Wrong Side of History?
Culture
Violence and Peace: A Biblical Perspective on Civil Demonstrations
Culture
The Link: True Sexual Revolution, Mother of Modern Evangelicalism, Story of the Bible & More
Culture
Israel at 70: Lessons for the Church Part 2
Culture
The Longest Hatred – Why Antisemitism Persists
Culture
The Age of the Refugee: How Displaced Millions & the Hope of God are Changing the World
Gospel

Reframing the Gospel for the Nations That Are Now in Our Neighborhoods Part 1

By God's permission and design, people from around the world now live in my community and have become a part of my day to day…
Gospel

How is CGN Fostering Missional Life and Ministry?

What is the role of mission and outreach in the life of a church, or in the life of a disciple of Jesus? Is engagement…
Gospel

Why The Gospel Is Central

In past years there has been a re-emphasis and refocus on the centrality of the gospel. It's easy to notice how many organizations, books, conferences…
Gospel
What is “Gospel-Centered Renewal” and What Does It Mean for Life and Ministry?
Gospel
Three Thoughts on Effective Short Term Missions
Blog
The Man Of War
Culture
A Conversation on Class, Culture, the Gospel, and Race
Gospel
Contextualizing the Gospel: An Example Set by Jesus
Gospel
Why Reaching the Lost Should Cost Us Everything
Discipleship

Weak Men Weak Excuses

Years ago I ran into a man at a retreat that I hadn't seen for quite a while...As we sat down across from each other…
Announcements

CGN Church Relief Fund Update

In this video, Jimmy Schauerte of Roots NYC shares a praise report of the Calvary Global Network churches who came together and sent funds to…
Discipleship

Calvary Chapel Bible College Ireland

Have you been praying about joining a Bible college to deepen your relationship with God? Are you looking to grow in your faith in a…
Discipleship
Are We Doing What God is Calling Us to Do?
Ministry & Leadership
The Key to Staying the Course
Gospel
Never Outgrow the Gospel
Ministry & Leadership
Exposing Truth: Engaging a New Generation with the Need for Expository Teaching
Ministry & Leadership
Further Thoughts on Women in Ministry
Ministry & Leadership
10 Minute Seminary: Principles for Healthy Pastoral Transitions
Discipleship

What I Should Expect from My Church Part 2

Enjoy the first part of this two part series! While having the wrong expectations from our church can stifle spiritual growth, having the right expectations…
Discipleship

Weak Men Weak Excuses

Years ago I ran into a man at a retreat that I hadn't seen for quite a while...As we sat down across from each other…
Discipleship

Worship Leader Q/A: What Does Worship Ministry Look Like Today in the Church?

This week we at Calvary Creative have been focusing discussion on the theme, "Why We Worship." We were able to ask a few worship leaders,…
Discipleship
Four Protections Against Temptation
Discipleship
Relevance, Methods, and the Gospel
Discipleship
True Repentance Requires A Broken Heart
Discipleship
When God has a Plan
Discipleship
The Benefit of Christ as Our Foundation
Discipleship
Good Fear/Bad Fear – Understanding the Difference
Christian Living

Lessons on Compromise and Concession from Gibraltar

Wars have been fought for almost every reason: land, resources, honor, greed, politics, religion...They are costly in human lives and for local economies. At times,…
Christian Living

Three Steps for Growing Intimate with God

The apostle Paul seemed to contradict himself when he rebuked the Corinthians, stating, “…Some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to…
Christian Living

What the Bible Says About Procrastination

When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the LORD your God will surely require…
Christian Living
Example of God’s Constant Presence From 1870 Paris
Christian Living
A Father’s Legacy
Christian Living
Digital Distractions: What Can We Do?
Christian Living
Anna Spafford Part 1
Christian Living
A Culture of Wannabes: Be Imitators of God
Christian Living
Elizabeth Blackwell Part 1