What is your mission statement?
Engage the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Equip the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Enrich the community with the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.
What makes Calvary Chapel South unique?
CCS is a Bible-teaching, Gospel-centered church for people of all ages and all lifestyles. We are motivated by seeing people’s lives transformed through simply teaching the word of God (the Bible) and providing opportunities to apply it. We don’t require a membership and we don’t take a formal offering during our service. We began as a small Bible study in 1990 and have grown into a large church family full of people who are hungry for the Word of God and excited about being disciples and making disciples.
What do we believe?
We believe Jesus Christ is God and He came as man, born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life, performed many miracles, and died a brutal death on the cross, by which He has paid for the sins of the world. He has also resurrected and ascended to the right hand of the Father where He is ruling and reigning, until His soon return to earth. We believe that man is sinful and separated from God and must be saved through repentance and faith in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
How did CCS get started?
At age 36, Pastor Kevin sensed God calling him to start a Bible study in South King County. Attending Calvary Fellowship in Seattle at the time, Pastor Kevin and his wife, Charlotte, began what they called the South End Bible Study on January 4, 1990, with 50 adults in attendance. Seven months later we held our first Sunday Service at Renton High School and stayed there for 4 years. In 1994, we remodeled the front end of a strip mall just outside of downtown Kent where we had space for all of our meetings. In 1999, we began leasing the old Kent Elementary School, in downtown Kent. It was here we experienced a lot of growth and saw community outreach and ministries flourish. In 2012, God opened up the door for us to buy the old Bally’s Fitness building in downtown Kent. We held our first Sunday service in our current building on November 10, 2013. Today, God continues to grow His Church in Kent.
What do we believe about baptism?
Baptism is an outward symbol of the transformation that has already taken place inwardly, by being born again (John 3:3-21; 1 Peter 1:20-24). Baptism is the public proclamation of our new life in Jesus. As we are submerged under water, we identify with Jesus’ death to all that is evil and unjust in this world. As we are lifted up from the water, we identify with the new life we share in Jesus (Rom. 6:3-6). Death, and the power of sin, has no authority over us. Although baptism is not a requirement of salvation, it would be wrong to say it is unimportant (cf. Matt. 28:19-20). We freely identify with Jesus as a sign of obedience to Jesus and solidarity with Christ. As a public act of faith, baptism also serves as a source of encouragement and a communal celebration of the unity shared in Christ, and the life we live together through faith, hope, and love.
Do we have membership?
We do not have membership. We believe that all who have submitted their lives to Jesus are members of His family. We do encourage consistent, committed participation in the life of that family so that, through relationships, we will grow and mature in love. (Ephesians 4:11-16). Although there are a lot of good reasons that many churches do memberships, our philosophy at CCS has been to leave the front door wide open to anyone who would like to be a part of what God is doing through us.
Why don’t we take a formal offering?
We don’t want someone’s first impression of church to be that it’s all about money. We want them to come and see a family of believers excited to learn about God and worship Jesus. Giving is a personal decision between you and God. We do believe that, as a part of our worship, we are called to be cheerful and generous givers. As we learn about and experience God’s grace through Jesus – the greatest gift ever given – we will be inspired to give to the work of His Kingdom. When we give our tithes and offerings, we are partnering with God in the great and awesome ministry He is doing in our community and our world. There are several ways to give. The easiest is online at ccskent.org/giving. We also have offering boxes at the back of the sanctuary and in our lobby.
What are eGroups?
eGroups are what we call our quarterly-based small groups that meet at many different times and locations. eGroups are a place for you to connect to the church family and build relationships. It is a place where the Word of God is discussed, people are prayed for, and friendships are built. Each quarter we publish a catalog of groups one month in advance of the start date.
How do I get involved?
Beyond attending services and joining an eGroup, there are many ways to get involved with what is happening at CCS. We have a handful of regular SERVE teams and countless outreach opportunities.
Is CCS a good place for kids?
Absolutely! Our children’s ministry is called Paradise Point where our comission is to point kids to Jesus. Every Sunday (9AM and 11AM) and Wednesday (7PM) you can expect to find friendly “lifeguards” ready to engage with your kids through worship, Bible, crafts, and games. Every summer we offer a week-long Vacation Bible School and during the end of the year we put on a Children’s Christmas Musical.
What about teenagers?
During the 11AM service, usually after worship, both Revolution High School and Epic Middle School have their own gatherings. Youth group takes place Wednesday evenings at 7PM. In addition to both weekly gathers, Student Ministries puts on a ton of fun events throughout the year including a summer camp.
Do you have a college age ministry?
Yes. In addition to attending the Sunday service and eGroups, our college age ministry gathers for various events throughout the month. These events vary from service projects, to nights of worship, to retreats and conferences.