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From Multi-site to Church Launch Site

It all started with a vision to reach our community for God’s Glory. It was during the first CCPN Church Planting Conference at Twin Peaks when we knew God wanted us to start a work in Santa Paula, CA with the solid Bible-teaching Calvary Chapels are known for.

Two moments figure as central in establishing the work:

The first was birthed in prayer. The elders of CC Oxnard gathered at a home in Santa Paula for a time of counsel and prayer. The home has a beautiful view of a good part of the city. I was moved to invite the elders to step outside, look over and pray God’s blessing down onto the people. At that moment the seed of a vision was dropped into my heart.

The second moment critical in launching the work was at a men’s fellowship at CC Oxnard. A man recently relocated from Oregon offered his home in Santa Paula as a place for a home Bible study. We’d recently attended the Church-Planting conference at Twin Peaks and were praying for a door to open in the city where we could begin meeting. It was clear God was cultivating the little seed He’d planted in our hearts. The vision began to grow and more people came alongside to assist in the work.

Like many new churches, we’ve faced the challenge of facilities but God has now settled us in the heart of Santa Paula in a permanent home. We are currently a video campus for CC Oxnard with a dedicated ministry team. I teach once a month but as the fellowship here has taken root, we will be phasing the video out and becoming a church plant.

Pastor Fabian Moreno is the campus pastor at Calvary Chapel Santa Paula in California, a satellite site of Calvary Chapel Oxnard. The campus will launch into a church plant in the near future.

ReEngage Conference Video Content

The video content from our recent ReEngage Church Planting Conference in Costa Mesa is now available! We’ll be releasing a few videos each day until they’re all available.

As you’ll see, the videos contain powerful and informative information for pastor, church planters, mentors, and so much more. We would encourage you to take some time to watch the videos as they become available, and make sure to pass them on to people in your social circles.

The video content can be accessed at reengage.ccpnetwork.org.

We hope you’re blessed by these videos and that you launch out in faith to what God is calling you to!

The CCPN Process

In case you’re not familiar with Calvary Church Planting Network, or if you’re looking to get started in the CCPN process, here’s a video that will quickly and concisely walk you through the process. Bruce Zachary does a great job succinctly summing up the process, defining the vision of CCPN, and pointing you in the right direction. Take 3 1/2 minutes and watch the video below. If you know someone who is interested in planting a Calvary, make sure to pass this resource onto them as well!

Bible App For Kids

As parents and as pastors, we’re always in search of ways to help people engage more in God’s Word. Technology has opened many new doors for ways that people can get into God’s Word, and there’s a new door opening…

One thing almost every American has on them at almost every waking moment is their smart phone. The team at LifeChurch.tv created an incredible resource for smart phones, tablets, and computers called YouVersion. The YouVersion Bible app has been installed over 100 million times and is used by people around the world to read, watch, and listen to the Bible. It’s available in hundreds of versions in over 100 different languages! It’s an unprecedented technological distribution of God’s Word that we cannot afford to overlook or utilize.

With the infiltration of technology, and kids as young as just 1 or 2 years old using iPhones and iPads, the team at YouVersion has just released a revolutionary new Bible app just for kids!

Your kids can journey through some of their favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) Bible stories, interact with them, and learn as they go.

As a parent, this is a priceless resources to use with your kids.

As a pastor, this is a valuable tool to pass on to your church to get families into the Bible together!

Below is a preview of the new kids’ Bible app in action. Download it for FREE on their website.

Churches Needed!

It goes without saying that every street corner could use a solid, Bible-teaching church. However, as the economy changes, jobs shift, and cities grow, there are places that seem to be extra ripe for the Gospel.

Justin Thomas recently took a trip there and describes Williston, ND as a town that “has grown from 15,000 people to 75,000 in the last 5 years and a large portion of that population is single men, and men who have left their families at home to work in the oil fields. Although there are churches in Williston, there is desperate need for more churches, and after visiting I think Calvary Chapel is uniquely suited for the situation.”

Take 8 minutes and watch the documentary below about Williston. If you’re looking for a place to plant, pray about going there. If not, pray for Williston, and pass this on to someone who might be interested.