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a note from our pastor

Hi there,

I hope you are blessed by our site. We want it to be a blessing to you. :)

If you are on our site because you are prayerfully considering being a part of our Family, I realize the process can be difficult. I have complete compassion for you! I have been through the process as well.

My one piece of advice would be to spend A LOT of time in prayer. I would even consider fasting. I also would ask lots of questions, and do not rush into a decsion. Above all, it really comes down to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. It is His call after all.

At Calvary Chapel, we want every Believer to be where God has called them - even if it is not in our Family. We do not want one person more, or one person less, than who is supposed to fellowship with us. We aim to not talk people into coming, staying, leaving, or to do anything! It's Jesus' Church; He said He would build it. That means we do not have to. That frees us to serve anyone and everyone - without causing them to feel as though we see them as a "means to an end" - and we trust that blesses the heart of Jesus.

There is a Statement of Faith in the links above, but here are a few of our "Calvary Distinctives" which are important to us:

1. When the Church gathers, it is supposed to be a "disciple-making" place, not supremely a vehicle for evangelism - although the Gospel should be preached (Matt.28:19-20).

2. It's Jesus' Church. He said He would build it. That means we are not called to build it; This is why it was God who added to the early church (Acts 2:47).

3. When disciples are made, they preach the Gospel outside the church (and inside if needed). Once converts are won, the process starts all over again.

4. The way disciples are made is through the leaders equipping the saints (Eph.4:11-12), and the body using their spritiual gifts in love (Eph.4:16). We see this is Acts 2:42.

5. When the Church is engaged in that which God has called them, the Church gathering becomes a safe place to which God can add (Acts 2:42,47).

6. The primary way leaders are called to equip the saints, is by teaching them the entire Bible verse by verse (Acts 20:27; 2 Tim.3:16; Isa 28:13; Neh.8:8).

7. The Lord Jesus uses the Spirit to build, motivate, and hold His Church together. We aim to not employ manipulation, condemnation, or worldy means to "help" Him.

8. By the Spirit, we aim to shape the ministry by the people He has provided, not force the people into our idea of what the ministry should be.

9. We desire no explanation for what happens among us, except the Holy Spirit. With His grace, leading, and empowering, there should never be burnout or striving.

10. Leaders should be servant-leaders, not CEOs. There should be nothing "below" them. If the Son of God can wash feet, ANY leader should be able to clean a toilet.

Please contact me if you have any questions. You can reach me at 209.825.WORD (9673).

His servant and yours,

Pat Verfurth

Calvary Chapel Manteca

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