Calvary Chapel is an association of evangelical Christian churches. Calvary Chapel also maintains a number the skeptic’s annotated bible pdf download radio stations around the world and operates many local Calvary Chapel Bible College programs. It presents itself as a “fellowship of churches” in contrast to a denomination with over one thousand congregations worldwide.
Churches that affiliate with Calvary Chapel may use the name “Calvary Chapel” but need not do so. Beginning in 1965 in Southern California, this fellowship of churches grew out of Chuck Smith’s Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Doctrinally, Calvary Chapel is evangelical, charismatic, pretribulationist, and believes in the principle of sola scriptura.
Chuck Smith’s “Calvary Chapel Distinctives” summarizes the tenets for which Calvary Chapel stands. Calvary Chapels place great importance in the practice of expository teaching, a “verse by verse, chapter by chapter, book by book” approach to teaching the Bible. Typically, Calvary Chapels operate under a senior pastor-led system of church government, sometimes referred to as the “Moses” model. In November 2016, two new Calvary Chapel networks began side by side: Calvary Chapel Global Network and Calvary Chapel Association.
Most Calvary Chapels remain affiliated with both Calvary Chapel Association and Calvary Chapel Global Network. However the leaders’ churches of each network have been erased from the other’s church locator map.