What is Calvary Chapel


Calvary Chapel is a non-denominational evangelical Christian Community that began with twenty-five people in Costa Mesa, California in 1965 by Pastor Chuck Smith.

Through his many years of pastoring, Pastor Chuck became convinced that a new approach to ministry was needed.

Rather than preaching an evangelistic message every Sunday, he began to teach line-by-line through the Word of God, starting at Genesis and working his way through to Revelation.

Today the church,

Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa

California, is listed among the world’s twenty largest churches with more than thirty-five thousand calling it their home church. It is one of the ten largest Protestant churches in California.
From this first Calvary Chapel many men were raised up who went out to plant new Calvary Chapel churches. These in turn also raised up new pastors and church planters so that today there are over two thousand Calvary Chapels around the United States and the world.

Calvary Chapel Salzburg is one of those churches …

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

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Calvary Chapel Distinctives

by Chuck Smith.
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