“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
God has given you gifts, skills, talents to help advance the Gospel. When all of us work together with the motivate of love – that’s when the church is really ministering how God designed it to! We encourage you to use your passion for God, and if you would like to serve with us please let us know. Thank you for your heart to serve!
Outreach – The Jesus revolution continues
Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 NKJV
We don’t exist for ourselves but to serve Jesus and to serve others. We love helping people and support caring for the poor, housing the homeless, tending to the widow, protecting the orphan, and anyone who needs help. There is a world to reach, and as a church we are helping people come to Jesus by taking the time to develop friendships with people and loving them to Jesus.
How are we helping?
o Reaching the Lost: My Hope with Billy Graham
o Reaching the Lost: Harvest America with Greg Laurie
o Reaching College Students: M-State Fergus Falls with Cru
o Reaching New Parents: Pregnancy Resources with Health Resources Center
o Steward Resources: Financial Peace University with Dave Ramsey
o Benevolence Ministry: Application for Benevolence Fund Assistance
o Reaching Children around the World: Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan’s Purse
o Reaching the U.S.A. Military: Military BibleStick Outreach with Faith Comes by Hearing
o Reaching the Lost: Calvary Chapel short-term mission trips around the world
o Reaching Missionaries: Calvary Chapels at home and abroad with Calvary Chapel Magazine
And even more listed below:
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14 NKJV
We believe children are the future of the church, therefore we have a wonderful time of Family Worship every Sunday and afterwards children can be signed into their class room before our Bible study. Calvary Kids go through the Bible taught on their level every Sunday using the Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum because ‘Every Story Whispers His Name’…
Our prayer is that parents would know that their child is well-cared for and safe as we assist them to help their child grow in their relationship with Jesus. Children’s Ministry is geared for children between the ages of 6 months old to 8 years old, and to maintain an environment of worship and learning, we ask that children under the age of 8 be checked into a classroom or sit with their family.
Please also be in prayer about what role you can have in this ministry by being a missionary to children in our community through serving and teaching the Bible here at Calvary Chapel Fergus Falls. Your kids are safe with us and this list includes the security measures we take to ensure your child’s protection.
Your Kids Are Safe
Every Children’s Ministry volunteer goes through the following screening process and must meet these requirement to serve with Calvary Chapel Fergus Falls.
1. Fill out a Volunteer Application which asks for general information, beliefs, references and background information.
2. In the application we require three personal references. We call every reference and ask about the applicant’s character and their feelings about them working with children.
3. We use Protect My Ministry for the following background checks-
– National Sex Offender Search
– National Criminal Database Search
– SSN Verification and Address History
4. No applicant is permitted to serve with children if they have ever been arrested or convicted for child abuse.
5. All volunteers are trained with the specifics policies and Children’s Ministry policies of Calvary Chapel Fergus Falls to ensure safety throughout all the classrooms. This includes, but is not limited to emergency procedures, classroom evacuations, medical procedures, health standards, reporting child abuse, and more.
6. Every new Children’s Ministry volunteer serves beside an approved leader for the first few weeks.
7. Every new Children’s Ministry volunteer wears an ID badge, verifying they have been screened to serve Calvary Chapel Fergus Falls.
“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV
You’re not too young to be an effective witness for the Kingdom of God! We seek to empower students to live victoriously as disciples of Jesus Christ and to send out equipped students to share the Gospel. Our aim is to minister to students, to lead them to know, love, serve, and represent Jesus to bring glory in all things to God.
Currently during each service, youth get to go through the Bible in a study taught with their parents, and sing the same worship songs. We also encourage, provide resources, and training to parents in order to help them embrace their role as primary disciple-makers of their children.
If you are in college you can join the Fergus Falls Cru group at Minnesota State Community and Technical College on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall on the M-State campus during the school semesters.
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NKJV
Today like never before there is a great need for men to rise up and be men of God. Men of God who are involved in their family and are the spiritual leader in their homes. As the men in our culture become more wimpy and passive it’s time for us to be men of courage who boldly lead our homes by example. We are passionate about studying the Word of God and living it out in our daily lives (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus). Be a R.E.A.L. Man of God!
Did you know that if a child is the first person in a household to become a Christian, there is a 3.5% probability everyone else in the household will follow? If the mother is the first to become a Christian, there is a 17% probability everyone else in the household will follow. But if the father is first, there is a 93% probability everyone else in the household will follow. * Statistics from Focus on the Family Publishing, “Promise Keepers at Work.”
Men you are invited to join us at Pizza Ranch on the 2nd Friday of the month at 6-8pm for a time of food, encouragement, and Bible study. You can check our Calendar to see when the next one is. We also have our annual Men’s retreat in January and Men’s Conference in March.
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 NKJV
Our world today tells ladies to seek praise for their beauty (as the culture defines it) and some spend their whole life centered on making themselves beautiful. But God says that true beauty is not in found the outward adorning of the body but in the heart that is set on God which is the beauty of the soul that will last forever. Ladies we want you to know that there is nothing more beautiful than the sweet love of Jesus emerging forth from your life.
God created us to live life in relationship – to Him and to each other. Therefore we are in a constant pursuit of knowing Jesus more and more, and find the more we know Him the more we trust Him. We also aim to make life-long friendships that bring out the very best in us through encouraging and challenging each other to follow Jesus. We are passionate women who love Jesus and center our time together on studying the Word of God (Titus 2).
Ladies please talk to Anna Molter or check our Calendar to see when the next ladies gathering takes place.
Home Fellowships/Small Groups
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV
We all need the continual building up, and loving support of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Home fellowships help us to know each other better, love each other more, ask questions to learn more about God, and better apply God’s Word to our lives.
In our home fellowships, we discuss the Bible, ask and answer questions, make new friends, and learn more about how much Jesus loves us. For more information on our current Thursday night home fellowship or to request one in your home please contact us about your interest.
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 NKJV
We desire to help people feel welcome and meet the practical needs of the fellowship. Our Hospitality team helps everyone feel welcome are is a team that greets our guests, helps with serving Communion, helps with coffee & refreshments, and gives encouragement, hope and shows the love of Christ. If interested please also be in prayer about what role you can have in this ministry and talk to Pastor Tim.
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Genesis 2:24-25 NKJV
Getting God’s blueprint for marriage is the best way to know why He designed it, how to enjoy every part of it, and what it takes to build a successful marriage before you say, “I do.” We want you to be prepared as you become joined together in the most holy union God has created because as disciples of Jesus Christ God has created each of you different so as to complement and complete each other in the oneness of marriage.
We believe so strongly in getting God’s blueprint for marriage that we’ve made Premarital classes a prerequisite for couples planning on getting married at Calvary Chapel or having one of our pastors officiate at your wedding. That’s because all of our weddings are conducted as a Christian worship service between one man and one woman which is also a picture of the unity and oneness we the church have with Christ Jesus.
Our premarital classes are designed to challenge, strengthen, and prepare you for a strong, Christ-like relationship with your future spouse. We believe that marriage is the second most important decision you will ever make—second only to your decision to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior—therefore, we want to help you be prepared Biblically.
The premarital process—which includes classes, group discussions, and counseling sessions—is taken very seriously, because as a church, we are not only accountable to God, but also care for you very much. In light of this, we have established guidelines based on biblical principles that we’re asking you to be a part of in order for Calvary Chapel to endorse your marriage.
In order to honor your future spouse, we ask that you devote yourself to sexual obedience before the Lord, and that you not be living together with your future spouse. In order to better help you understand this preparation for a Biblical marriage, please read the following verses: 2 Corinthians 6:14-15, 1 Corinthians 7:9, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, 1 Corinthians 8:9, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, and Ephesians 5:3. It is our heart’s desire to come alongside and serve you as we teach you about a real commitment of love and intimacy within marriage as God created it to be; however, we may not be able to endorse your marriage before God if you are unable or unwilling to live separately for this short season beforehand. All of the past can be forgiven by God and therefore we simply want to help you plan for the future as you share the rest of your lives together committed to one another and to God.
Each couple must successfully complete the seven-week session of classes and be approved by our Pastor in order for us to officiate your wedding. The Premarital Class Workbook used is “Strengthening Your Marriage” by: Wayne A. Mack and we ask that you please read the first chapter before the first class. We pray that your marriage will honor our Lord in all that you do and say and are truly excited to share in this special experience with you!
“Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” Psalm 127:1a NKJV
Today there is an attack on the family like never before in the history of mankind. It’s true that relationships take a lot of work but it’s well worth it and we encourage you to not to give up on your family because there is hope as we follow Jesus. Whether you are anticipating the arrival of your first child, preparing your young adult for independence, or find yourself anywhere in between, we are here to serve you and your family.
Throughout the Bible, we discover God’s design for our individual families, including the roles in a family, and also His plan for the family church of believers. One of our recommend resource is “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman which is great for married couples. If you have children the best thing you can do for them is to love your spouse and help them see what love in a Christian marriage really looks like. Another great resource is “Focus on the Family” and their “Thriving Family” ministry.
There are many who seek out counseling and yet no matter how much advice is given without seeking the Lord to build the home it won’t last. This is why we desire is to see families regularly praying together, having fun together, worshiping together, working together, reading the Bible together, and taking communion together. If you are interested in specific resources that can personally benefit your family please talk to Pastor Tim.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 NKJV
Worship is what we do as Christians with our whole life and not just at Church services. Worship can include praying, reading God’s Word with an open heart, singing, participating in communion, and serving others. Remember: Singing is EASY, Surrender is HARD.
For the Christian, praying is like breathing. It is easier to do it than to not do it. We pray because God commands us to pray (Philippians 4:6-7) and prayer is a form of serving God (Luke 2:36-38) and obeying Him. Prayer involves both talking to God and listening to Him. Prayer times at Calvary Chapel typically consist of a devotion from the Bible to set our hearts on the Lord and usually end with a heart-felt song of worship together.
Most worship songs are based on Scripture and the reading of that Scripture before singing that song helps add the context and the author’s intent. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” Proverbs 25:11. Our goal is for Christians to return home with the words of the Bible on their minds and in their hearts. We begin the church services with singing to the Lord and from time to time will also incorporate Scripture reading into our worship time before we begin to study the Word of God together.
Praise & Singing
“Sing to the LORD a new song. Sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise His name, proclaim His salvation day after day” Psalm 96:1-2. Encouraged by the psalmist, we worship the Lord with music and song, lifting up our praises to God, giving thanks for His love and grace. Worship times at Calvary Chapel typically consist of contemporary praise and worship, along with classic hymns that are often arranged in a way that is new and fresh.
Because music has the power to entertain, there is always the danger that when Christians gather to worship God in song, the focus on God can shift from worshipping God to entertaining God’s people. There isn’t anything wrong with music providing good entertainment, but we should be very clear that entertainment and worship aren’t the same thing. As Christians worshipping Jesus through music we are the choir and God is our audience.
This is the wrong model:
• The church congregation is the audience
• The worship leaders are the singers
• God helps the worship leaders sing to the congregation
This is the right model:
• God alone is the audience
• The church congregation are the singers
• The worship leaders help the congregation sing to God
There is a big difference between the two models, and we should always have the right one in mind. If you sense God calling you to serve Him through leading worship please pray and talk to Pastor Tim.
“The multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, so Jesus got into one of the boats and had it put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.” paraphrased from Luke 5:1-3 NKJV
We want to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by every effective means and to equip others to do the same. However as you can imagine, there is a media team needed in order make all of this happen, and we are in need of more technically-minded people with servant’s hearts, who have a vision for this kind of ministry and a passion to spread God’s Word through all kinds of media. This ministry involves helping with the media equipment, audio/sound, internet/podcast, CDs/DVDs, and Lyrics for Worship/Bible Studies. If you sense God calling you to serve Him through the media team please pray and talk to Pastor Tim.
Jesus said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NKJV
We’re extremely excited to see lives transformed and see Calvary Chapel’s throughout the state of Minnesota and in such cities as: Moorhead, Willmar, Brainerd, Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Baxter, Wadena, Breckenridge, Perham, Pelican Rapids, and more.
If you’re interested in being a part of the team who will make this happen first pray and talk to the Lord about how He would have you minister to His church. Next if you know God is calling you and are ready to step out in faith, you can contact us about your interest. For a list of Calvary Chapels check out the Calvary Chapel Church Finder Tool.