Calvary Chapel Chino Valley
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Sowing God's Word Reaps a Congregation of Servants
Lines of orange cones formed six neat rows, or bays, in CC Chino Valley’s parking lot. A few dozen men had gathered: Many wore grease-stained shirts as they worked busily on vehicles; others laughed and chatted. It was the church’s quarterly oil change day, on which Men’s Ministry members change single mothers’ automobile oil for free. The women sign up in advance for a time slot, and the men strive to complete the job in a half hour. Meanwhile, the moms are served coffee and donuts inside a large tent. There other women, primarily wives of the men changing oil, talk and pray with them. The oil change ministry has existed since 1996.
Calvary Chapel Chino Valley (CCCV) in Southern California serves its believers and their community through more than 40 ministries and 57 home groups. “We’re a family,” said Pastor David Rosales, who with his wife Marie began the fellowship in a relative’s home in 1981. “It’s a loving, service-oriented group of people.” Four emphases, or “pillars,” are painted in the church’s foyer: Word, Worship, “Withness” (fellowship), and Witness. While David is teaching, the phrase “We would see Jesus” (John 12:21b, KJV) is projected overhead—“to remind the church that they are a congregation, not an audience,” he explained.
You can find the complete article in the Spring 2012 issue of Calvary Chapel Magazine. To subscribe click here.