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Moving Forward in Mexico City

Pastor Mike Vincent is the Senior Pastor of the Calvary Chapel located in Rosarito, MX. Mike and Sarah Vincent moved to Rosarito Mexico in 2002 as missionaries with a small team to plant a bilingual church called Calvary Chapel Rosarito. Since then, they have witnessed God’s powerful hand at work and the church now ministers to over 1000 people weekly and has had the privilege of raising up and sending out 4 church planters.


Pastor Bruce Zachary and I were blessed to attend the Mexico Pastors Conference located in one of the 10 largest cities in the world, Mexico City! The conference was hosted by Pastors Jonathon Domingo and Fermin IV (both CCPN core team partners) and the event was held at Fermin’s church “Semilla de Mostaza” (mustard seed). This was the first year that this annual conference was for Senior Pastors and their wives only, and that contributed to an intimate setting conducive to fellowship, conversation, and prayer.

The conference teaching format was unique and something that most of us had never experienced.

The conference teaching format was unique and something that most of us had never experienced. Instead of teaching verse by verse through a book of the Bible, we studied the most often mentioned local church in the Bible, the church of Ephesus. Each Pastor was assigned a specific text that related to an aspect of that local church, and they then expounded from the scriptures and applied practical lessons to our local church contexts today.

There was a strong church planting vibe that permeated throughout the conference. Pastor Bruce was able to share the heart and vision of the Calvary Church Planting Network and the Pastors were encouraged to partner with CCPN in their future church planting endeavors. There were several new church planters in attendance that were able to share their testimonies throughout the conference, and I would like to share one of those testimonies with you.

Pastor Lalo and his wife Lilia were sent out of their home church, (Semilla de Mostaza) to plant a church in Monterrey Nuevo Leon Mexico. Monterrey, the third largest city in Mexico with a population of around 4 million, has never had a Calvary Chapel church plant. Lalo and his wife moved there last year with plans to find employment and get involved in the community before they opened the church. But as the word began to leak out that they were coming to plant this church, they were met by a group of people excited to partner with them. Because of this outpouring of support for the church plant, Lalo and Lilia never got around to finding jobs as they were immediately thrust into a young but thriving church. After just one year, their church (Semilla de Mostaza Monterrery) is averaging over 100 adults in attendance! (And they are still using an ipod to help them lead worship!) Please keep this and all of the future Mexico church plants in your prayers!

After just one year, their church (Semilla de Mostaza Monterrery) is averaging over 100 adults in attendance! (And they are still using an ipod to help them lead worship!)

Presently Mexico, with the most Calvary Chapel churches internationally outside of the USA, is a hotbed of missions work and church planting. As we met and prayed and discussed and strategized, the excitement surrounding church planting and the part that CCPN will play continued to build. Thankfully many of CCPN’s core materials including the Church planting manual and the Coaching manual have already been translated into Spanish, with several more translations in the works!

As we met and prayed and discussed and strategized, the excitement surrounding church planting and the part that CCPN will play continued to build.

God has great things planned for the Calvary Chapel movement in Mexico, and CCPN has and will continue to play a great part in the church planting movement in Mexico. 


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ReEngage Nairobi 2013 Pt. 2

a vision to reach Africa for Christ through the expansion of the Calvary Chapel movement by bruce zachary

During the recent Re:Engage intensive in Nairobi, Kenya I had the opportunity to meet with several leaders in the CC movement in Africa to discuss a vision for reaching the continent of Africa for Christ through the expansion of the CC movement. There is a great need to establish more healthy Bible teaching, Spirit-filled churches throughout Africa.

Presently, there are about fifty-five (55) countries in Africa, and there are Calvary Chapels in ten to fifteen (10-15) of the countries. Some countries are friendly to the gospel (essentially Christian), some are essentially neutral to the gospel, and unfortunately some are clearly hostile to the gospel (fundamental Islamic states). Another relevant dynamic on the continent is the displaced resident aliens. Essentially, people are displaced from their ancestral homeland as a result of famine, economic hardship, military turmoil, political tension, and religious persecution. The situation is reminiscent of the persecution of the church and the edict expelling Christians from Rome. God used the circumstances to draw people to Ephesus as a hub in Asia Minor where Paul could mentor them at the School of Tyrannus [Ac.19:9], and then send them out to support the churches of Asia Minor and ultimately return many to Rome once circumstances allowed [Rom.16].

Presently, there are about fifty-five (55) countries in Africa, and there are Calvary Chapels in ten to fifteen (10-15) of the countries.

In light of the present circumstances, how can we effectively expand the gospel and CC presence on the continent? Here is one proposed part of the solution:

1) Utilize the several existing healthy “larger” CC churches in Africa as training centers. These churches provide a model for “catching” the core values (philosophy of ministry and theology) of CC plus provide a location where prospective church planters can serve in internship program.

2) Establish intentional training through Schools of Ministry [SoM] and Church Planter Training classes, as well as Bible Colleges where feasible.

3) Share the vision to reach the nations of Africa [nation states, and people groups] through the African CC churches, the CCPN site, and calvarychapelafrica.com.

4) Send called men: those with a burden for areas without a CC presence including, but not limited to, men seeking to return to their ancestral homeland to plant. Encourage planting in cities of influence [e.g. Ephesus] while not limiting or discouraging those called to rural or remote areas.

5) Establish church plants with the DNA to establish their own SoM and church planting training classes as they mature. In essence, the church plants have the core value [DNA] to replicate. It would be most be beneficial to encourage missionaries who are mature in their faith, and very familiar with Calvary Chapel core values to support the church plants. Missionaries with these skills would be a great benefit to the core team and would likely be capable of assisting in leadership development including teaching curriculum such as SoM or church planting classes.

6) The new healthy church plants will thus become hubs in previously unreached countries and areas to expand the gospel and the influence of the CC movement throughout the continent of Africa. Keep the training biblical, relational, and Calvary-centric.

7) Therefore, leverage healthy CC churches in Africa as training and sending churches to expand the CC influence in Africa and help reach the continent for Christ.

ReEngage Aurora Recap

In case you’re not aware, we have 10 1-day church planting intensives happening on 4 different continents this year (click HERE for a map and more info)! We’re so excited about the potential behind these, and so far, we’ve seen great turnouts for each one. Since I was at last weekend’s ReEngage in Aurora, CO, I thought I would give a quick recap…

In Aurora, ReEngage was held at and hosted by Calvary Chapel Aurora. Pastor Ed Taylor and his team were very gracious in setting up and providing breakfast, snacks, and lunch for the day. We kicked off at 9am with some worship, then I taught the first session.

SESSION 1: Kevin Miller – WHO Should Plant and WHY…

I spent the first half of my session discussion WHO should plant a church. Someone who is 1) called by God, 2) qualified for ministry, 3) supported by a network, and 4) not afraid to work. Each of those are key components to the call and work of a church planter, and those supporting a church plant.

The second half of my session was spent discussing WHY we should focus so much on church planting. Of course there are many reasons, but one of the main is that church planting is one of the most effective ways to preach the Gospel and impact a city.

SESSION 2: Ed Taylor – Calvary Chapel’s Philosophy of Ministry

Pastor Ed began by telling everyone there to “Open your Bibles to…anywhere. Anywhere you flip you will find Calvary’s philosophy of ministry.” His point was simple: we believe in the authority and value of Scripture, so Calvary Chapels, although they are distinct and personal, they are based on the principles found throughout Scripture. He covered 14 Calvary Chapel “distinctives” including having an emphasis on grace, verse-by-verse expositional teaching, the priority of prayer, the importance of unity, and much more. With 14 years of church planting experience, Ed spoke from personal experience as well as Biblical principle.

SESSION 3: Bruce Zachary – Mentoring Jesus’ Way

Pastor Bruce led the 3rd session by discussing a very practical way to train up and teach prospective church planters. Using the Church Planters Manual (download it for free HERE), he walked us through Jesus’ method of training men for ministry and how that works today. He even shared that after he spent 2 hours per week for a year with 9 guys, 6 of them went on to plant churches and the other 3 are now on staff with him at his church! That’s great statistics!

The intensive wrapped up with lunch and some Q&A with all three speakers.

Over all, the day was very successful, insightful, and encouraging to all who attended. We hope you’re able to attend one of our intensives this year, but even if you aren’t able, we would love to get in touch with you and know how we can support you! The best way to do that is to register HERE.