We’re ordinary people whose lives have been touched and transformed by God. We passionately love Jesus and really enjoy hanging out with each other. At our church you’ll find a range of people from young children, students, young adults to retired men and women, covering multiple professions, backgrounds and cultures.
In 2006, at age 26, Josh Black became the Lead Pastor of a tiny church that was already meeting here at the middle school. At the time he and his wife McKensie were on staff at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, California. They were praying about planting churches in Europe when the opportunity opened to come and pastor the church here. Through lots of prayer God confirmed to their hearts that being in Canyon Hills was what He had in mind for them.
In the winter of 2007 the church changed its name to Calvary Chapel Canyon Hills. At that time we had 40 people and together we continued to faithfully study the Bible, worship Jesus, and have fun together. By the end of 2008 the church had doubled in size without any marketing or advertising at all! Jesus was simply building and adding to His church. Since then we’ve doubled in size every year as we’ve continually seen lives radically transformed by God.
Every Sunday the Gospel of Jesus is proclaimed, the Holy Spirit moves and people get saved! God is truly doing an amazing work and we look forward to seeing more people meet Jesus and then grow through the teaching of God’s word.
Everything we do as a church has a scriptural reason. Besides teaching the Bible, we seek to run the church according to biblical instructions, especially from the book of Acts and the Pastoral Epistles.
Sacrificial love is the greatest evidence that the Holy Spirit is working in a church. Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Our emphasis is to be a church that excels at loving.
The reason why we’re such a healthy church is because we’ve applied and stuck to biblical guidelines, putting the focus on Jesus, relying on the Holy Spirit, and making all decisions through prayer. We genuinely value being healthy on the inside, not just on the outward appearance of things.
We embrace the biblical instruction that God is faithful to call and stir His people to be His servants. He has done an amazing work of giving people great joy by serving alongside one another. There’s always something someone can do to be a blessing to the church.
We give great place to music at the closing of our services, giving people the opportunity to respond to Jesus after the message, through worship and adoration.
Jesus and His Apostles had a global vision, and so do we. We are heavily involved in raising up, sending out and financially supporting church planters around the world. We also believe that every Christian is called to be on mission every day in their local environment, believing God is eager and able to reach lost people with the Gospel.
Jesus commissioned the church to make disciples. We embrace His mission wholeheartedly. Our ministry philosophy to make disciples comes directly from Ephesians 4:11-12, “And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”
TAKE AWAY: Church leaders are primarily called by Jesus to facilitate 3 things:
APPLICATION: Essentially, there are 3 ways that people can get connected and grow in their faith at Calvary Canyon Hills. Jesus has called our church leaders to:
#1) Equip people through CHURCH
The primary way people learn is by attending church on Sunday mornings, as we emphasize in-depth, verse-by-verse Bible teaching.
#2) Provide ministry opportunities through volunteer TEAMS
Volunteers do not serve alone at Calvary Canyon Hills. They are part of a serving team. These teams are designed to provide an optimum environment for people to connect through relationships and responsibilities.
#3) Encourage people to get built up through community GROUPS
Groups are small gatherings that usually meet in homes for the purpose of community, friendship, edification and Bible study. Each group is led by someone who serves as the spiritual leader to the group members. A typical home group fulfills Acts 2:42, with the first hour consisting of food & fellowship, and the second hour consisting of study & prayer.