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Who we are

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!

  • Abortion, Christians, & The Value of a Life (with Ryan Lynn) / Rebroadcast
    by Aaron Salvato & Brian Higgins on June 25, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Abortion is a hot button topic that is often debated by both Christians and non Christians. Ryan Lynn (Founder of the Speak Life Collective) is here to challenge us on how we can think through this divisive topic as followers of […]

  • How is CGN Providing Care and Coaching for Leaders?
    by Calvary Global Network on June 22, 2022 at 9:00 am

    The recent years have presented new challenges for pastors and leaders, and many studies are showing that discouragement is at an all time high. Even apart the unique events of the past few years, pastoring and leading can be […]

  • Preaching God's Grace to the Disgraced - Justin Holcomb
    by James Rightmer on June 21, 2022 at 7:15 am

    Dr Justin Holcomb speaks with Mike Neglia about his theological journey and ministry experience that began under the mentorship of Carl Dixon in Calvary Chapel Sarasota and he now finds himself as an Episcopal priest and theology and […]

  • Lady Jane Grey, Part 1
    by Cheryl Brodersen, Jasmine Alnutt on June 21, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Lady Jane Grey (1537-1554): One of the most tragic figures in English history is Lady Jane Grey, the “Nine Day Queen of England” whose lineage and outspoken Protestant faith put her in the crosshairs of political intrigue around […]

  • Church Mergers | Ryan Sharp & Jeff Johnson
    by Leadership Collective on June 17, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Ted Leavenworth is joined by Ryan Sharp (lead pastor) and Jeff Johnson (missions and outreach pastor) of Impact Church in Menifee, CA to discuss some of the challenges and outcomes of successfully navigating a church merger. We […]

  • How is the Mission of God Progressing in the Midst of the War in Ukraine?
    by Nick Cady on June 16, 2022 at 8:20 am

    In this episode, Michael Payne and Nick Cady speak with George and Sharon Markey, missionaries in Ukraine. George tells the story of how his family moved to Ukraine in 1992, and Sharon tells her story of meeting George and joining him […]

  • Answering Real Questions - Nick Cady
    by James Rightmer on June 14, 2022 at 7:15 am

    Nick Cady has some important insights for us in regards to listening to the changing voices and objections that are present in the world around us, and then answering those questions with the unchanging and truthful word of God. Nick […]

  • Anne Askew, Part 2
    by Cheryl Brodersen, Jasmine Alnutt on June 14, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Anne Askew (1521-1546): Join us today as we continue with the story of Anne Askew, the fearless English noblewoman who was willing to endure persecution for the sake of the supremacy of God’s Word and the Reformation cause. Though […]

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