How Did This Church Begin?
We began as a Bible Study in Carbondale with the intention (and leading from God) to land permanently in Glenwood Springs. Our first church meeting was at the Roaring Fork High School on Easter 2010. The pastor would love to meet with you personally and share the testimony about how God began this church – it’s truly a venture in faith! Briefly stated, we ventured out from Calvary Chapel Bible College to plant a church. Students did the outreach and invites, Pastor Jeff taught the Word, and a fellowship formed.
What is the Difference Between your Church and Other Calvary Chapel Churches?
Good question! Thanks for asking 🙂
We maintain the same “DNA” as others in the Calvary Chapel family of churches. The difference that you may notice is that we are one of the smaller churches, where many in Calvary Chapel grow large. Bigger churches have a multitude of events, a bigger staff, and other blessings that allow them to minister to the community. If you come from a larger Calvary, that will be the important difference. However, there are many blessing that come with a small church family. To learn more make it a point to meet with the pastor after church on Sunday for a meal – he’s buying! (just one of the many advantages of a smaller fellowship).
How Can I Get Involved?
We watch many church members get involved by simply asking. Some ministry slots require a season of training and on-boarding. But, we aim for 100% involvement. If you are interested in being involved, read more below…
Do You Require Church Membership?
At Calvary Chapel, our church style is “relaxed and casual” rather than formal. You may have experienced formal church membership in other ministries, and we are not opposed to such. But, here we keep it simple without much red tape and complexity. Remember, we are a micro church and do not have any desire to become complicated with committees and multiple levels of leadership. Let me explain this briefly.
#1 The Guest. Our ministry is located downtown in a tourist area and as such we are guest friendly. Guests come and go as they desire with a loose affiliation to the church family. Be our guest!
#2 Church Family Member. Anyone who considers Calvary Chapel their church home and Pastor Jeff their pastor. Pretty simple, really. We aim to walk with you from spiritual birth unto maturity. We want to see you grow in your understanding of the church vision, which is “Knowing Jesus and Making Him Known” (Acts 2:42). We have resources and materials for you to learn about our style of ministry and what a Church Family Member looks like (attending, praying, growing, giving, serving and more).
#3 Ministry Training Member. Pastor Jeff desires to train and disciple church leaders. He will wait, watch and pray for God to reveal like minded individuals to tap on the shoulder and invite into a season of deep discipleship. Involvement in the Worship Ministry, Children’s Ministry, or Women’s Ministry (with Jennie) requires a season of discipleship and agreement with the Calvary Chapel Distinctives.
#4 Ministry Team Member. Those like-minded Church Family Members who have had a season of discipleship and have first been tested are given greater ministry responsibility and decision making capacity.
#5 Pastor and/or Elder. God calls some to this area of leadership. In a micro church, there will only a few of these slots that are necessary. We desire to raise up new ministry leaders and elders and choose them from the Faithful, Available and Teachable (F.A.T.) few who walk through the season of discipleship with Pastor Jeff. Additionally, Pastor Jeff has a Board of Advisors and Accountability that meets together on a regular basis.
Can I Observe the Meeting Without Getting Involved?
Absolutely. Just sneak in and sneak out. We won’t intrude. But, be reminded that we are a church family and there is a lot of loving people that will want to reach out and get to know you.