Thank’s for coming here to find out more about us. This may be the first thing you read when wanting to get to know us better, or you may have a relationship with us and want to find out more. Either way, I’m glad you stopped by! Below I’ve outlined several headlines followed by a brief summary of our core cultures at Calvary.
~ Keith Groben, Senior Leader at Calvary
We believe the church that is written about in Acts is our template for the modern church.
I often consider the revival we are seeing across the world and I think it is marked differently than past revivals. I see this revival is a movement of the people of God to reach and stay connected with the heart of The Father. I see that this is a ‘revival’ that is not to end. It is a personal revival where individuals connect and experience a collective or corporate revival. This revival could be in their families, jobs, social groups, churches and cities.
With this in mind I see the church (the people) in the book of Acts as our template for the modern church. We are Acts 2:42 people: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” We take the four underlined principles as our own at Calvary. We also look at the faith, mission, miracles, character and relationships the Act’s church displayed. These qualities bring us focus, inspiration and life to our church.
We love the Assemblies of God and enjoy partnering with them in the Kingdom.
Calvary is proudly affiliated with the Assemblies of God NCN district. We enjoy a great relationship with them and are partners together to see the God’s Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. To find out more about the Assemblies of God core beliefs, see our page here.
We are values driven instead of program driven.
We place the highest value on people. Many of our leaders, and myself included, understand the context of a church which is focused on programs or ministries first. While we value this model we find that it no longer meets the needs of the people in our church. The biggest place a values driven church culture shows up is in our ministries. We only begin ministries if they come from the heart and soul of someone in our church. We have an ongoing process of identifying and nurturing the people we care for into ministers, leaders and revivalists.
We see ministry as service to God, our family and our city. We identify leadership as the simple act of going ahead of someone in order to serve them. We view revival as a personal fire for God which consumes all of our person. To find out more about our values, browse our blog posts about the topic.
We see gold in people, not dirt.
We believe in a culture of honor at Calvary. That means we will:
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:16-17
Calvary is a place where we see you for who you are, a child of God. We will minister to you, love and serve you, and encourage you into your new identity in Jesus Christ! We see and call out the gold in you and realize dirt is part of the process to find it!
We are relationship focused.
The Kingdom of God is Relationship.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
Jesus words describe being relationally connected to God and to one another. Our main goal in all of life as leaders and individuals is to build relationships with God and each other.
We are regionally minded.
We believe in connecting with the body of Christ across town, across the state, across the Great Basin and across denominations.
How we prioritize ministry.
While there are more priorities let me share our top three ministry priorities. At our church we see our ministry to God as our first ministry. This shows up in personal sacrifice, worship, tithe and offering and most important, love. Our next priority is our children. And our third priority is training the church for their life’s ministry.
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