Our History: Calvary Chapel of Crook County began in the library of the Ochoco Elementary in May of 2002. Shortly there after we moved to the CC Middle School where we held services for 2 1/2 years. In the spring of 2005 we began meeting in a small storefront in downtown Prineville. After meeting there for 3 years we were able to remodel the former Wolf Plumbing building located behind US Bank (click here to see pics of that project) and we began meeting there in the early spring of 2008. It has been exciting to see God use our church to impact Prineville and the surrounding community with the truth of the gospel over the last 6 years plus years.
The Bible is our creed. Therefore, any effort to define what we believe necessitates a desire to emphasize the whole Word of God as the source of our core beliefs.
Furthermore, it seems unwise to be owned by the labels of much of Christendom, whether it’s Fundamentalism, Pentecostal, Calvinism, Armenianism, Charismatic, Dispensational, Reformed, etc.
It’s unrealistic to think that any individual, man-made system of beliefs is completely free from error or conversely without merit at all. It is therefore our sincere desire to simply teach the Bible; be true to its original languages, be respectful to its historical context, the context of each passage, and be sensitive to the various literary genres the Bible was written in (i.e. being able to discern the difference between a parable and a proverb, a prophecy and a narrative, or a NT epistle, etc.). We trust that this will enable us to understand the intended meaning and truth that is to be found in God’s inspired Word.
Our Vision: We desire to equip followers of Jesus so that they might be used in an even greater way to influence our city for Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16). We a
Calvary Chapel of Crook County is committed to knowing Jesus and making Him known to a lost world. We are a welcoming church and our doors are open to everyone. That being said we do not condone sinful activity but we do desire to reach everyone with the unconditional love of Jesus.
We believe that our primary focus should be upon loving God and loving people (Matthew 22:35-40).
Jesus longs to have a deep and meaningful relationship with each one of us, therefore our services focus upon knowing Him through passionate worship and relatable Bible teaching.
We place a great deal of emphasis upon Bible teaching…going through books of the Bible chapter by chapter and verse by verse. We believe the ultimate goal of the Church is to equip the saints for works of ministry (Eph. 4:11-16). God has raised up leaders in the Church not to do everything but to disciple mature followers of Jesus to do the work of the ministry.
We enjoy worshipping Jesus corporately. Our worship style is modern and passionate. We believe the worship of God is both spiritual and intellectual (John 4:24). Therefore our worship music incorporates both of these elements.
We believe that every Christian is a missionary called by God to represent Him to our community. Jesus has commissioned His Church to be engaged in His work of making disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). Therefore we place a heavy emphasis upon reaching our local community with the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” In light of that we are sending church desiring to raise up everyday people to go and be His witnesses in the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).
We desire to keep it simple. The early believers in the book of Acts committed themselves to four disciplines… “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).
We believe the Church is who we are not somewhere we go. In other words the Church is the people not a building. Paul uses the metaphor of a body (1 Corinthians 12-14). And like a physical body that needs every part to function properly so too the Church needs every member to be engaged in service so that the church can function properly. Therefore we desire for each Christian in the fellowship to use their gifts for the building up of the whole “body” (1 Peter 4:10).
It is our perspective that Jesus is the best thing about us. Therefore we seek to make Him our focus and preeminent in all that we do.
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” (Colossians 2:9-10)