How long has Calvary Chapel Greenwood been around?
Is Calvary Chapel a denomination?
No. There are Calvary Chapel fellowships all over the world, but they are not officially bound together, although we do share similar worship and teaching styles. The Calvary Chapel movement was started in the 1960s in California by Chuck Smith.
What do people wear to church at Calvary Chapel?
The answer is, "Whatever they want to." The majority of our members dress very informally, but there are some who choose to wear "traditional" church clothes. We ask only that folks follow the biblical principle to be modest in their attire.
What is the leadership structure of Calvary Chapel?
We have a board of Elders (which includes our Senior Pastor) who provide spiritual leadership for our church, and a board of Deacons who also serve and minister to needs in our congregation. Church staff positions are Senior Pastor, Youth Pastor, Children's Ministry coordinator, Worship Leader, and Administrative Assistant. The position of Plant Manager is a full-time position funded jointly by Calvary Chapel and Greenwood Christian School. In addition to these leaders, we also have many men and women who coordinate various church ministries. We do not "elect" leaders because we believe that the Lord raises up men and women to serve according to the gifts He has given them.
Why don't you usually pass an offering plate during your services?
Our church is supported by the tithes and offerings of those who consider us their church home, but you won't ordinarily see a collection plate passed during our services (unless we're taking up a special offering for a missionary or other Christian ministry). Tithes and offerings are collected in offering boxes located on tables in the foyer and in the hallway connecting the gym and the cafeteria. We believe in and teach tithing, but we understand that God is pleased when His followers give cheerfully and not under compulsion (2 Corinthians 9:7)