What to Expect
Bible Teaching | We teach the bible one verse at a time. We let the Bible speak for itself and then offer practical ways for you to apply it to your life. This is because the Bible is God’s word, inspired, infallible, profitable—all 66 books of it. The teacher’s job is to minimize his own opinions and deliver the truth of God.
Parking | There is plenty of parking in our three lots surrounding the church plus on street parking. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to park and make your way to the sanctuary.
The Service | Services are around sixty minutes. The overall vibe is light-hearted, friendly and encouraging. We’ll sing songs together and hear a message from the Bible for about thirty minutes.
Children | Children are a JOY to us! We have a safe, secure, and fun-filled environment for children up through Kindergarten age. For safety, they will need to be checked in/out.
Coffee | Come a little early and grab a coffee before the service! In the welcome space at the back of the sanctuary you will find coffee, conversation, and can learn more about the church.
Arrival | From the parking lot to your seat there is signage, greeters, and ushers waiting to help you find your way and answer any questions you may have!
Be Our Guest | During our services, you’ll never be singled out as a visitor. You may fill out a connection card or visit the welcome space; ultimatly you can engage as much or as little as you are comfortable.
December 17, 1957
Calvary Church – Nampa was founded as a church plant from its sister church in Caldwell, Idaho. The group of eighteen were organized by a local missionary and after meeting a few months they called Pastor E.L. Jenkins of Ashville, North Carolina. Moving from the VFW to a local store front the group grew to 28 when membership was chartered. Over the years the church inhabited a few other buildings before coming to rest at our current location in 1961.
God richly blessed Calvary in the first few decades, not only reaching our immediate community, but also helping to start/support six missions (Meridian – 1958, Emmett-1960, Nyssa-1963, Jackpot-1963, Twin Falls-1963, Horseshoe Bend-1975) of which four were constituted as a church. Then the neighborhood around us started to change in the 1980s and while we did our best to stay relevant in sharing the Gospel, change is not always as easy, nor as quick, as we would like. As a result, Calvary saw years of decline and in 2016 we decided something must change in order for our church to be a relevant and gospel force in our community. We had faith that God was not done with us yet!
Today, Calvary Nampa is on the cusp of God’s movement in the Treasure Valley. Being replanted with the Calvary Family of Churches, a great opportunity is at hand for God’s glory to continue to shine forth from this church by making Jesus non-ignorable in Nampa and to the ends of the earth.
Mission – To glorify God by making joyful, passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.
Worship God Passionately
Grow To Know God
Go Show & Tell Gospel
We are committed to proclaiming, embracing, and living out the full counsel of God’s redemptive message as revealed to us in the Scriptures.
We are committed to leading people and our community toward health and vitality through humble, caring, biblical shepherd leadership.
Our desire is to become a church where every believer experiences the sovereign grace of the Father, wholeheartedly treasures Jesus, and freely expresses their adoration of God individually and corporately through the power and leading of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that expositional preaching is important because God’s Word alone is what convicts, converts, builds up, and sanctifies God’s people.
We are committed to encouraging and equipping families to more fully love and honor God, more faithfully love and serve one another, and more intentionally pursue God’s mission in their neighborhood, city, and world.
We are committed to becoming a community marked by Christ-like love and service to one another.
We will exhort our members to grow in holiness and encourage one another to that end.
We see our webs of relationships as our primary mission field but also desire to respond to God’s call across the globe to participate in the work He is doing.
At both the leadership level and within the congregation, Calvary seeks to reflect the makeup of the surrounding community ethnically, economically, and intergenerationally.
There’s a God – One God
He is the creator of everything. We’re made in His image, which means we’re like Him in many ways, except that He’s God and we’re not. He’s loving and just and desires a relationship with us. As individuals with free will, we have the freedom to respond to the relationship God’s initiated with us, or not.
We’re free to choose to live outside the realm of the life God has for us as it’s explained in the Bible. Put another way, many choices we make either move us closer to God or further away from him. Making even seemingly small decisions that separate us from God is called sin. We all do it, and we’ll continue to do so. And, even then, God will love us and passionately pursue us.
God loves us so much, in fact, that He sent his only son, Jesus, to die so the rest of us could live. The cost of sin was separation from God—spiritual death—until Jesus came and his death paid everyone’s debt. That’s serious love. Because of that serious, perfect love, this gift from God is waiting for anyone who wants to receive it. This is called grace. God gives grace freely and abundantly.
As for us, we need only to decide whether or not to believe and receive this stuff. If we decide to believe it, we have available to us a new, full life that can start now and never stop. And it’s okay to have a lot of questions along the way. Although God reveals things to us (including what He’s revealed about himself in the Bible), he remains mysterious and wonderful.
Anders Snyder (Pastor/Elder)
Butch Schierman (Pastor/Elder)
Shawna Strasburg (Office Admin)