Our Mission Statement:
Our mission statement is short, simple, and sweet. It’s simply, “live different.” It may be succinct, but it has tremendous ramifications. It means we don’t approach following Jesus like the rest of “churchianity.” It also means that our lives will reflect this difference. Our mission is that when people join us on the journey towards Jesus at CalvaryMac, they’re lives will be transformed as a result. They won’t just hear about Jesus, or experience emotion, but instead their lives will be distinct from the rest of culture because they choose to “live different.”
We “live different” because we…
- …teach different.
- …love different.
- …see different.
- …parent different.
- …plan different.
- …seek different.
- …serve different.
Get the idea? We aren’t about just going to church. We’re about living different in every aspect of life. As we live different we make a difference by impacting our culture, and the world.
For more about what makes us Calvary Chapel unique, check out what makes us different below.
What makes us Different?
WE TEACH GOD'S WORD; NOT TOPICS.
The priority of God's Word over a speaker's opinion.
VERSE BY VERSE, CHAPTER BY CHAPTER, BOOK BY BOOK.
The teaching at many churches involves a teacher coming up with a topic, and then finding verses to match what they want to say. That's not us. Instead, we teach verse by verse, chapter by chapter allowing God's Word to speak. The passage determines the topic and the teacher studies that passage to present the truth of that part of scripture in the most relevant, creative, and engaging way possible.
WE BUILD UP; NOT BEAT DOWN.
We've all need grace. We receive it from God, so we need to give it to others.
GET GRACE; GIVE GRACE.
We are all on a journey on the road of life. Non of us are prefect. In fact, all of us have experienced bumps in the road, wrong turns, and crashes. That's why God gives us grace through Jesus. His sacrifice on the cross paid the penalty for all of our sins. Because we have been given so much grace we are intentional about giving grace to others.
WE PUT THE SPOTLIGHT ON JESUS; NOT OURSELVES.
We want to take people to Jesus, not build a crowd around us.
THE CENTRALITY OF JESUS
Churches can be a magnet for people looking for attention. After all, any church has opportunities to shine whether its with music, teaching, art, opinions, or in community service. At CalvaryMac we want to make sure its not about us; but rather about Jesus. We want to carefully measure our motives to makes sure we're lifting Jesus up, not ourselves. We want the spotlight to be on Him; not us.
WE ARE UNITED IN JESUS; NOT DIVIDED BY THEOLOGY.
Crystal clear on essentials; free to disagree on non-essentials.
At CalvaryMac we desire not to divide God's people over non-essential issues. An example are gifts of the Holy Spirit. We don't take a typical Pentecostal view, nor do we take a typical Baptist view. Instead of taking a dogmatic position on non-essentials, we recognize the Scriptural validity of both sides of a debate and avoid excluding or favoring those in one camp over the other.
WE ARE INTENTIONAL; NOT ACCIDENTAL.
``My walk with Jesus is my own responsibility.``
COUNT THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP.
One of the most unique and important characteristics of CalvaryMac is intentionality. Too often people feel dependent upon a pastor, or a church for their walk with God. We believe that intentional planning is not only an incredible tool for growth, but it enables people to own their faith. Thus, we encourage people to plan for how they will spend time with God, how they will parent, work, spend, serve, etc...
WE USE DYNAMITE; NOT FIREWORKS
Fireworks draws a crowd; but dynamite leads to treasure.
``FOR YOU WILL RECEIVE POWER...``
Everyone loves fireworks. They never fail to draw a crowd. But if your mining for gold; fireworks can't get the job done. You need to blast using dynamite. The Greek word for ``power`` in Acts 1:8 is ``Dunamis`` which is where we get the word ``dynamite.`` At CalvaryMac we don't want to build a church by drawing a crowd with anything but the Lord's ``Dynamite`` transforming people's lives.
WE ARE EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT; NOT WILL-POWER.
Will power is never strong enough.
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT
People tend to make the same mistakes over and over again. Often they struggle with the same destructive habits, patterns, and problems. Why? Often the primary source of power we use to overcome sin is ``will-power.`` Will power isn't strong enough. At CalvaryMac we want people to learn to live ``empowered by the Spirit`` so that they can move past the never-ending struggles.
WE ARE LED BY THE LORD; NOT BY COMMITTEE.
Pastor led; board accountable.
A PASTOR RULED BY THE LORD AND AIDED BY ELDERS.
Americans love a good vote. After all, we are a republic ruled by democracy. But the Kingdom of God is not a ``majority rules`` government. For our model of church government we look to Moses seeking the Lord and leading the Israelites. Thus, we believe God's model is the the pastor is ruled by the Lord and aided by the Elders to discover the mind and will of Jesus for His church.
WE ARE ENGAGED IN CULTURE; NOT ALONE ON AN ISLAND.
Building bridges in culture not building walls.
``I HAVE BECOME ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN.``—Paul
Over the past 30 years, many have been alienated by what we call ``churchianity.`` What's churchianity? Its those legalistic traditions churches placed as a burden on people's backs that have turned people away from God. At CalvaryMac, we take a different approach. We intentionally engage culture remove any barrier so that people can discover the transformative truth of God's Word.
WE PRIORITIZE KIDS AND TEENS; AND THEIR FAMILIES.
We mobilize resources and older generations to invest in the next generation.
REACHING THE NEXT GENERATION WITH THE WONDER OF JESUS.
We value kids and teenagers. Thus, at CalvaryMac we mobilize ministries and resources designed to engage young people with the truth of God's Word. We also realize that students live within a family system. Thus, we don't just reach students, but we come alongside parents and grandparents to enable them to fulfill their God-given calling of passion on a faith in God.