How to Give an Al...

In a previous post I gave one important principle about the altar call: don't manipulate. We can manipulate in a call to decision by: Using bait and switch tactics Surprising our hearers with the call to decision Extending the invitation for an unreasonable amount of time Making the invitation so broad hoping that someone will decide Using pretend converts to "prime the pump" None of these have a place in a clear, ho...

Is Our Gospel too...

In 1987, Ronald Reagan gave one of his most famous speeches during his presidency. He stood before the Berlin Wall with 45,000 in attendance and said, “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”  In eighteen months that wall was “t...

Church Planting a...

The health of our movement is fantastic but there is one thing … I’ve been blessed to be a Calvary Chapel pastor for twenty-plus years. I’m a Calvary Chapel church planter and have been used to plant other healthy Calvary Chapel churches. I was mentored by Pastor Chuck, attended the School of Ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa [CCCM], taught at the School of the Bible at CCCM, and served at CCCM. I was taught a ph...

Link-Fest: August

It is time for another Link-Fest courtesy of the calvarychapel.com team and Josh Turansky. These are some of the stories that we have been talking about over the past couple of weeks. As is the case with every Link-Fest our links do not constitute an endorsement.  Events and Holidays August 15-17 - The 25th Annual Harvest Crusade with Greg Laurie August 23-27 - Hawaii Calvary Chapel Leadership Conference  September 1...

How Jesus’ Church...

“8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the princip...

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