FAQs

What is Calvary Chapel?

Calvary Chapel is a non-denominational Christian association which began in 1965 in Costa Mesa, California. Calvary Chapel’s pastor, Chuck Smith became a leading figure in what has become known as the "Jesus Movement."

For the complete story check out the book Harvest, available in the church bookstore or online here as a PDF. PDF version of Harvest or visit CalvaryChapelAssociation.com

Why Calvary Chapel?

There are many who believe in the gifts and ministry of the Holy Spirit, but they do not have a strong emphasis on Biblical teaching, nor do they look to the Word to guide their experiences with the Holy Spirit. There are many who have a strong emphasis on teaching the Word of God, but they don’t share the view that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available and valid today.

In Calvary Chapel we find the teaching of the Word, and an open heart to the work of the Holy Spirit. It is this balance that makes Calvary Chapel a distinct and uniquely blessed movement of God.

For more information read the book Calvary Chapel Distinctives. It’s available in the church bookstore or online here as a PDF. PDF version of Calvary Chapel Distinctives

What Can I Expect?

  • We believe that the Word of God should be spiritual. Therefore, we remain flexible so the Holy Spirit may direct our worship.
  • We believe that the worship of God should be inspirational. Therefore, we give great place to music in our worship.
  • We believe that the worship of God should be intelligent. Therefore, in our services, we emphasize Bible teaching so God may instruct us how He would be worshiped.
  • We believe the worship of God is fruitful. Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the greatest evidence that we are truly worshiping Him.