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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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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!

  • Balancing Ministry & Family | Richard Cimino
    by Leadership Collective on December 2, 2022 at 12:33 am

    Rob Salvato and Ted Leavenworth are joined by Richard Cimino (Metro Calvary) to candidly talk about our experiences with healthy and unhealthy ministry workloads and the effects they could have on our family health and relationships. […]

  • Creating and Maintaining a Gospel Culture (Cheryl Brodersen) - Bonus Episode
    by Calvary Global Network on December 1, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    In this, the first of two bonus episodes as we close out this season, we have the opening message from the 2022 CGN International Conference, in which Nick Cady shares on how to create a “gospel culture” in our churches. In the […]

  • Jeff Gipe - There Can Never Be Too Many Churches
    by Cody Nunes on December 1, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Our guest on the podcast is Pastor Jeff Gipe. Jeff Gipe was the lead pastor of New Creation Huntington Beach previously Newport Coast Lighthouse for 15 years. For five years following his graduation from the SOM in 1994, he taught two […]

  • Lucy Thurston, Part 1
    by Cheryl Brodersen, Robin Gunn on November 29, 2022 at 8:00 am

    In 1819, twenty-four-year-old Lucy Goodale met Asa Thurston. They were married within three weeks of meeting, and set sail from Boston eleven days later to become among the first protestant missionaries to the Hawaiian Islands. They […]

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Part 2 with Robin Jones Gunn
    by Cheryl Brodersen, Robin Gunn on November 22, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Through the characters in her famous novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, this daughter of a minister exposed the horrors of slavery and influenced the course of American history. Nine years after the release of her instantly best-selling […]

  • Spiritual Disciplines
    by Brenda Leavenworth on November 16, 2022 at 12:10 am

    In this episode, Brenda Leavenworth, Krista Fox, and Kelly Bell discuss the process of exercising spiritual disciplines to grow in your faith and confidence in Christ. We pray that this conversation encourages you to continue to lead […]

  • Ted Leavenworth - Faithfulness Defines Success
    by Cody Nunes on November 15, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    This week on the show we have Pastor Ted Leavenworth. Ted Leavenworth is the Senior Pastor of Reliance Church in Temecula, California and has been in Christian service for over 30 years. A graduate of the Calvary Chapel School of […]

  • Amy Orr-Ewing
    by Amy Orr-Ewing, Cheryl Brodersen on November 15, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Dr. Amy Orr-Ewing is an apologist, speaker, author, and theologian. She writes and speaks answering the questions of truth seekers concerning the gospel of Jesus Christ. In this episode, Amy shares her own story of coming to Christ […]

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