Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel - Frustrated by church growth contests and recruitment techniques, in 1965 Smith took over as pastor of a tiny congregation in Costa Mesa, California. While watching hippies gather at Huntington Beach he and his wife were moved to find some way to reach these lost youth with the gospel. In 1968 Smith recruited Lonnie Frisbee and John Higgins to start a drug rehabilitation and commune called The House of Miracles. Smith's openness to the hippie culture sparked thousands of hippies to come to the church where he functioned as their father figure. Heavily influenced by premillennial interpretation of the Bible, Smith has become one of the leading figures of prophecy books and end-times publications selling thousands of copies of his various texts. Under his leadership, Calvary Chapel has spawned hundreds of similar churches and is cited as one of this half century's church growth phenomenons.
Where are they now?, David Di Sabatino
- Articles -
Calvary Chapel by David Burgin. Excellent overview.
Calvary Chapel - Profile Good overview, provided by a student of cult apologist, Jeffrey K. Hadden. See notes regarding his Sociology 257 course.
History of the Jesus People Thesis by David Di Sabatino, and basis for his book "The Jesus People Movement". See also
The Jesus People Movement by David Di Sabatino. A major reference work. "This in-depth analysis of the available literature on the Jesus People Movement includes a guide to the books, articles, journal entries, music, films and videos accessible for further study. In addition to providing the context in which to study the Movement and the guide to the Jesus People Movement literature, this invaluable resource benefits from the author's interaction and interviews with over four hundred of the Movement's participants. " Includes details about the history of Calvary Chapel.
- IRC -
#Calvary-Chapel found on mIRC Undernet. (IRC software can be downloaded at the
mIRC homepage). Note: Sometimes similarly-named channels are started by certain critics of Calvary Chapel. The same warning applies as for the unofficial CC Usenet newsgroup.
- Mailing Lists, Newsgroups -
alt.religion.christian.calvary-chapel Warning regarding this unofficial Usenet group. See also History of the arc-cc Newsgroup
Calvary Chapel's Alternative Newsgroups Good alternatives to the unoffical Usenet group.
- Multimedia -
A Venture In Faith 2 hour video of the history of Calvary Chapel. Needs the free RealPlayer program.
- News Database - » About this News Archive
(Apr. 25, 1999) 10,000 'Jesus People' fill Pond
(Apr. 23, 1999) A 'Jesus People' Reunion? They Never Really Left
- Sites -
Calvary Chapel Calvary Chapel's Homepage. Links to many other CC resources.
- See Also -
Jesus People Links to several sites about the Jesus People Movement
- Statistics -
Adherents.com stats Note, the site's apparent pluralistic approach not surprisingly leads to a dim view of what it calls Calvary Chapel's ''attacks on other religious groups.'' Nevertheless, Adherents.com is an excellent source of statistical information about a wide variety of religious movement.
- Other -
Calvary Chapel FUAQ Part of outspoken Calvary Chapel critic Douglas Gilliland's site. Keyed "grey" (grey zone) due to his rabid, un-Christlike behavior in the arcc-c newsgroup. Known for his attacks on those who don't agree with him (and recently his forging of a post in the name of one of his critics), he is not a recommended source of information.
Gilliland's FUAQ Answered
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