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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!

  • AMA #1: Ask Me Anything - Pride Month, Sin in the New Jerusalem, Work, Marriage, and more
    on June 8, 2023 at 8:24 am

    In this episode, Nick Cady and Jason Cralley respond to questions on various topics, including how Christians should respond to Pride Month, whether humans will have the ability to sin in the age to come, how to serve God faithfully […]

  • Suggestions for Leading Impactful Prayer Meetings- with Pastor Tim Brown
    on June 7, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    Prayer is God's idea. His great invitation. Prayer is essential. Prayer is the primary means by which God involves His children in what He wants to do in His world.  Prayer was a primary focus of the best church ever—the […]

  • Ted Leavenworth: Building Stronger Churches Through Care and Coaching
    on June 7, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Ted Leavenworth is the Lead Pastor of Reliance Church in Temecula, CA. In addition to pastoring Reliance, Ted leads the Care and Coaching Team for CGN. In this episode, Ted discusses the benefits of coaching and church assessment, and […]

  • Can traditional churches become life giving churches?
    on June 7, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Is it possible for a traditional churches to become life-giving Churches? And what about those Independent Baptists? Are they not the ones where women wear dresses, men wear suits, and have a lot of rules at church? Whatever happened […]

  • GoodLion Update: School of Discipleship Ministry Reports, Great Things in Store for the Podcast, & an Update on Aaron's Seminary Journey
    on June 6, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    In the season finale of Season 9 of the GoodLion podcast, we take a moment to appreciate the incredible journey we've been on, and share with you some awesome news. As we dive behind the scenes, we express our heartfelt gratitude to […]

  • Mental Health & Christianity
    on June 6, 2023 at 11:00 am

    How does mental health relate to Christianity and following Jesus? Mental health is deeply rooted in the story of the Bible. Mental health and every bit of human flourishing was God's design from the beginning. In this weeks episode, […]

  • Preaching Through Tension And Division with Matthew Kim, Paul Hoffman and Mike Neglia
    on June 6, 2023 at 7:15 am

    Division, tension and conflict has always been part of life in a fallen world, but it feels as if it has only increased over the past years. How can preachers address contentious issues in a gracious yet truthful way? How can we […]

  • Lettie Cowman, Part 2
    on June 6, 2023 at 7:00 am

    In 1924, personal heartbreak and a need to fill her own thirsty soul led Lettie Cowman to compile a devotional titled, Streams in the Desert. A century later, with untold millions of copies sold, Lettie’s timeless words still speak […]

  • S5.E8 - A Legacy of Leadership
    on June 5, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    📒 Show Notes and Resources 📒 Leadership Lesson | Following Christ as an Example to Others by Irene Williams Irene Williams, Pastor Daniel’s mom, shares her wisdom from 40 years of leadership ministry as  the ministry partner […]

  • Mentoring and Networks - Will Torres & Daniel Williams
    on June 5, 2023 at 9:00 am

    The Importance of Mentorship & Church Planting Networks – Will Torrez & Daniel Williams Welcome to another episode of the cultivate church planting podcast. I’m your host Brian Kelly and today we are talking about the […]

  • WSL Conference 2022 - Faith Wake and Sara Holliday - Times of Refreshing: Women in Worship
    on June 1, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    In this episode, we are sharing content from the Breaking New Ground live event from October 2022. This episode was from a breakout session hosted by Faith Wake and Sara Holliday on "Times of Refreshing: Women in Worship." We pray […]

  • Classic Episode - Managing Growth through Systems & Structures | Daniel Fusco & Miles DeBenedictis
    on June 1, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    Rob Salvato and Ted Leavenworth are joined by Miles DeBenedictis (Cross Connection Church) and Daniel Fusco (Crossroads Community Church) for a conversation on creating, adopting, and reforming systems and structures in our churches. […]

  • Revelation 17:8-18 The Fall of Babylon Part 1
    on June 1, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    In this episode: Babylon, historic fall, Seven heads, seven mountains, the woman, whore of Babylon, false religion. Rome, the beast, ten horns, ten kings, the Lamb, King of Kings, Hugh Latimer, God's judgement on Babylon. Become a […]

  • With All Your Might: Exploring Biblical Teaching about Diligence, Hard Work, Sabbath, and Sloth
    on June 1, 2023 at 8:38 am

    Have we over-emphasized the value of rest and Sabbath to the neglect of the biblical teaching on diligence and hard work? On this episode, Nick Cady is joined by Tyler Fuss and Mike Neglia to discuss what the Bible has to say about […]

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From The Archives

Ministry & Leadership

What Does It Mean to Teach “the Whole Counsel of God”?

In Acts 20:26 Paul the Apostle tells the leaders of the Ephesian church that he innocent of their blood because, during his time in Ephesus,…

Missional Ecclesiology: What Is The Role Of The Church In The Mission Of God? – With Kellen Criswell

Kellen Criswell is a pastor, ministry leader, and former missionary who holds and MA in Global Leadership from Western Seminary and is currently working on…

Pitfalls of Dispensationalism

Dispensationalism is a way of looking at the Bible that understands God's unfolding plan––that He has worked in somewhat different ways with and through different…
Who Do You Say I Am?
Warnings About Progressive Christianity (Repost from Can I Say That?)
Christ Above Psychology: Putting Social Science in Its Rightful Place
Christian Living
Why Wait For Marriage? (With Jon Keith and Jordan Aly) – A Discussion on dating and sexuality.
Walking Wisely in a Moral Minefield: Thoughts on the Live-Action Beauty and the Beast
The Divinity of Jesus & 5 Reasons it Matters

The Link: Conference Archives, the Gospel of Caesar, Scientific Authoritarianism & More

"Conference Archives Available for Purchase"– Calvary Global Network"The 2020 Calvary Chapel CGN International Conference Archives are available now in English and Spanish for a minimal…

The Mayflower Pilgrims, Romanian Extension Site, Covenant Theology, & More

"The Mayflower Pilgrims—as Not Seen on TV"– Christianity Today"Pop culture has given us a distorted picture of the religious separatists who founded Plymouth Colony. Historian…

The Link: Creation Fest On Air, Churches & Coronavirus, Cold Case Christianity & More

"Calvary Chapel\CGN International Conference Date Change"– Calvary Global Network"In light of the date change for this year’s Calvary Chapel | CGN International Conference, Pastor Brian…
Why I Am a Single-Issue Voter
Can I attend my LGBT friend’s wedding?
Questions About Systemic Racism, With Benjamin Morrison
5 Ways to Re-Center on Jesus When The World Seems Crazy
An Opportunity We Can’t Waste: A Word from Australia Regarding Refugees
Bullied by Tolerance – When Every Truth but Yours is Allowed

Announcing The Cultivate Church Planter’s Program

Are you ready to answer the call of church planting?  The Gospel is the hope of the world, and the world needs more Gospel-centered churches.…

A Tribute to Billy Graham

When I awoke this morning and made my way downstairs, the first thing Cheryl said to me was that Billy Graham had passed away. I…

WIN: Jesus is Victorious

Forty days ago, Christians gathered all over the world to lament our human frailty and the inevitability of our own deaths, crying out together, “From…
God and Social Justice
How the Gospel Heals Shame
The Church & Victims of Depression
Evangelism for the Introvert
Despising the Shame
A Secured Tomb Couldn’t Stop the Resurrected Christ
Ministry & Leadership

Three Benefits of Seeing Christ in the Old Testament

“The Old Testament follows God’s one great plan for human history and redemption, and the plan is not only from him, but centers on him:…
Ministry & Leadership

Five Ways to Build a Team If You Are Planting a Church Alone

I have the rare perspective of having planted two churches and having two very different experiences. In our first church plant, my wife and I…
Ministry & Leadership

God is in Seattle: A Compelling Interview with Pastor Wayne Taylor

Welcome to the #SeattleTakeover of! This week exclusively features content from our Calvary Chapel leaders in the great Northwest city of Seattle. Kicking it…
Ministry & Leadership
Relevance In Ministry
What I Should Expect from My Church Part 2
Ministry & Leadership
Is Bible College Right For You?
The Gospel in HD: Transformation We Can See
Ministry & Leadership
Three Thoughts on Moral Failure
Ministry & Leadership
Missions Conference 2020: The Church That God Plants
Christian Living

A Time of Lament

We find ourselves living at a time of great fear, sorrow and disappointment. Many of us are faced with dilemmas that we never expected, like…
Christian Living

Partaking of God’s Word but Spiritually Starving: The Criticality of Meditation

In principle, we agree with the psalmist when he writes, "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands…

A Case for Leadership Coaching

Every elite athlete has at least one thing in common – they have been coached to maximize God-given potential. In the context of sports, coaching…
Calvary Chapel Worship Leaders Conference 2019
To The Christian Who Has Lost Their Passion – Resist Apathy pt3
Communion Is a Family Affair
Do You Understand That We Are the Bride?
The Availability of Revival
Embracing Obscurity
Christian Living

Next Christmas

"So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save…
Christian Living

Joanne Shetler: Women Worth Knowing

Joanne Shetler (1936-Present): Join us today as we explore the incredible ministry of Wycliffe Bible translator Joanne Shetler, who witnessed a powerful work of God’s…
Christian Living

Discouragement and Bieber

Last week Justin Bieber put this up on Twitter. Life is about the journey 🙂 — Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) October 23, 2014 Yes I know…
Christian Living
Three Principles in Pursuing God
Christian Living
The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness
Christian Living
The Feeling of “In Between”
Christian Living
Keep It Simple: Taking the Complicated Out of Christianity
Christian Living
Contending With Shame
Christian Living
Funky Feet and Fixed Focus: Lessons and Warnings on LOVE