Our pastors and leaders don’t pretend to be something they’re not. They’re people who love Jesus and follow Him as forgiven people thankful for a second chance. They have flaws and are honest about their struggles but they love Jesus and are not out to make a name for themselves.
At our Burnaby church we believe that we have to walk the walk ‘and’ talk the talk. It isn’t enough to have a great sermon or a really awesome life group network, we want to ‘be’ the church and ‘live’ out The Word of God in our lives. We want The Bible to mold our lives and not have our lives attempt to mold The Bible as we see fit. We want to have The Bible alive in our lives day to day and week to week.
We are on a mission. Whether you feel called into the ministry or to join us sitting on the sidewalk in the Downtown Eastside, we have places where you can engage in the mission that God has put before us. We are called to open the doors, gather the scattered and get out of the way. We’re not here just to be a nice group of people, we’re here to be messengers in every corner of the city.
We believe it is vital to ‘be’ the church in fellowship. We eat together often in potlucks, go out for movie nights and have crafting nights. We have serving opportunities and outreach ministries where we can get to know each other on a very real and personal level. There’s also several life groups running that can help us to connect in The Word, prayer and even recovery.
Our church is approachable and welcoming. We don’t dress up for church and we encourage everyone just to come as they are, the seating is comfortable and there are loads of windows letting the natural light into our great space. We desire to look like an Acts chapter 2 church and that is one that is authentic, missional, approachable, encourages fellowship and loves Jesus.
This year we happily introduce Freedom Sessions to our Burnaby church. If you haven’t heard about Freedom Sessions we encourage you to get involved, it is one of the best resources for discipleship healing and learning how to move into recovery or beyond pain in our lives. For those of us that enjoy a good chew on theological and doctrinal issues we have our Theology Cafe group that fits just right. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about Christianity but have been weirded out about the idea of coming to church our Radiant 101 study might just be what you’ve been looking for. We have all kinds of Life Groups and Bible Studies to engage you on your walk with Jesus.
If you want to learn more about Calvary Chapel visit calvarychapel.com!