ReEngage:14 was AMAZING! The excitement about church planting and this season in the Calvary Chapel Movement was palpable. Our gathering was well attended with pastors, prospective planters, and their wives traveling from diverse parts of the country and globe to attend.
We were blessed by the teaching, presence, and wisdom of men who have been and are pillars in our movement. Tom Stipe of Crossroads Church of Denver, the first CC pastor to plant outside of California, reminded us of “What Makes Calvary Distinct.” So many young attendees were encouraged and reminded of the rich history of our movement from a leader who has been there from the beginning. Skip Heitzig, of CC Albuquerque, helped seasoned pastors and planters alike learn “How to Teach the Bible” more effectively. Skip inevitably sets the bar high. Brian Broderson of CC Costa Mesa was a gracious host who engaged all who attended. His teaching on “The Need For Spiritual Empowerment” was practical profound and vulnerable. Cheryl Broderson inspired us with a message about “The Planter’s Wife.” Lloyd Pulley of CC Old Bridge, New Jersey gave an inspiring message about “Being Disciples who Make Disciples.”
In addition men like Juan Domingo and Jaime Foote who have effectively been patriarchs of the CC movement in Mexico were present and were able to celebrate the accelerated expansion of the CC movement in Mexico where there are presently over 100 CC churches (the greatest number outside of the U.S.). They, along with all of the attendees, were encouraged and inspired by the teaching of new generation CC leaders in Mexico including Jonathan Domingo who taught “Relational Evangelism” and Mike Vincent who spoke about “The Need for Relationships” and “International Opportunities” (along with Ed Compean of Nairobi, Kenya). The leading and teaching of next generation CC leaders also included Miles DeBenedictis, Neil Spencer, Kevin Miller, and Josh Turansky. They provided practical insights and wisdom beyond their years, and encouraged their peers and the “seasoned” guests as well.
There were practical workshops and provoking panel discussions. We were blessed with great times of fellowship, worship, and prayer together. But what may have been the most memorable part for me is the awareness of a fresh work of the Holy Spirit in this season that is stirring CC leaders to reengage in our legacy of church planting. There was a discernable optimism among those who attended. Those leaders who
were present when the first waves of exponential expansion of the CC movement through church planting throughout the U.S. and internationally shared their wisdom and experiences. But they could also rejoice in a new generation that was being stirred to continue that good and noble work and expand to new venues in need of a healthy CC church. New leaders who are inspired, empowered, and led by the Holy Spirit and trained to replicate the DNA of our theology and philosophy of ministry that makes us a distinct movement in the global Church. And that seems very Calvary Chapel to me, and those who were blessed to attend.
We at CCPN were blessed and hope to continue to provide resources that can be used as tools for those who are interested in them. Our hope is to assist pastors and prospective planters to be better equipped to plant healthy CC churches that can replicate more healthy CC churches.