A church for you and your family. If you are new to Brandon or new to church, we would love to get you connected and have you find meaningful relationships at Calvary Temple. Below tells you a little bit about who we are.
We believe our hunger for God must always exceed our reach for God. This keeps our church constantly moving forward spiritually. We desire worship during our services to be an experience with Christ and not an exercise to endure. We have discovered the Holy Spirit makes this difference as we call on Him, therefore, we are a Holy Spirit sensitive church. We are a church of the altar. We believe it has its place in every service, we are passionate about inviting people forward to the altar, whether it is to pray for others or to receive prayer ministry through one of our prayer teams. We are a church of the Word. As pastors we are committed to being students of the Bible. We are committed to preaching with a passion for God, and with a total dependency on God. We are a church of prayer. Prayer is really the healing element in Calvary Temple. Without prayer we recognize we will become cold spiritually, cold to each other, and cold to a world that needs the Lord. Prayer is continually emphasized and regularly exercised in our church. We are passionate for God.
Passion for God defines who we are, compassion for people defines what we do. A passion for God will point us to the cross of Christ. Compassion for people will point us to the cause of Christ. Christ died for a world He loved. If we have a passion for Christ we will supernaturally possess a love for people. These are the results of a church focused on the cross. As a church family we deeply care for needs. People are not numbers to the fellowship of Calvary Temple. They are individuals that matter to God, and therefore matter to us. We desire to do ministry, for and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Along with our weekly ministries to children, youth, and adults, we also encourage our congregation to give financially to our benevolent fund. This fund is used to help and support physical needs within our church. We feel God has given us the responsibility and the resources to help each other when needs arise. We also financially support local charities, who in turn reach out to our community in practical ways to show the love of God. We are a missions minded church. Many from our church have gone on national and international missions trips to share the love of Jesus in word and in practical ways. As a church we raise a mission’s budget each year. These funds go to support missionaries and missions works in other countries. We have compassion for people.
Calvary Temple is affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, a denomination consisting of over 1100 churches Canadian wide, and serving over 240,000 people. The number of ministry credential holders with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada is approximately 3,500. Our denomination is divided up into seven districts across Canada. Calvary Temple is part of the Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario District which consists of some 86 churches, whose head office is in Winnipeg.
We consider accountability to be of utmost importance. In our church, congregational attendees can begin the process of church membership after three months of attending. As approved, it is to this membership that the pastors and church board of seven are accountable to. Once a month the pastors and board meet to discuss the business of the church and once a year a membership meeting is called where reports are received and board elections take place. Our pastors are also accountable to the District Superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario District. This office is located in Winnipeg. A very close relationship exists because it is intentionally well nurtured by pastor, Sectional Presbyter, and District Superintendent. Everyone needs accountability and we are pleased to have such a great system in place.
We Believe the Holy Scripture to be the divinely inbreathed, infallible, inerrant and authoritative Word of God.
We Believe that there is one God, eternally existent in the persons of the Holy Trinity.
We Believe in the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, His deity, His sinless humanity and perfect live, the eternal all-sufficiency of His atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the Father's right hand, and His personal coming again at His second advent.
We Believe that justification is a judicial act of God on the believer's behalf solely on the merits of Christ, and that regeneration by the power of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
We Believe in holy living, the present day reality of the baptism in the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the Lord's supernatural healing on the human body.
We Believe in Christ's Lordship of the Church, the observance of the ordinances of Christian baptism by immersion for believers and the Lord's Supper.
We Believe in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed in heaven and the everlasting punishment of the unbeliever.
When I began ministry at Calvary Temple as Lead Pastor in October 1, 2002, I immediately began to pray for a clear and practical framework vision for our church. I remember the days, weeks and months that lied ahead. I orientated myself with the congregation of Calvary Temple. I formalized my own ministry convictions. I then began to document the kind of church I saw, keeping in mind the kind of church Calvary Temple was, and the kind of church God wanted us to become.
This became a rather lengthy working document. I discussed and dialogued with the pastoral team and church board. In the fall of 2003 what emerged were 6 concise visions which I entitled The Church I see. These visions have not only kept us focused and on track, but they have also been the wind behind our sails. Over the years we have updated words and phrases, but we have not changed the overall heart of the visions. - Pastor Gary Jennings Sr. (Lead Pastor)
The church I see is a church where congregational worship is an experience, expressed with passion, freedom, and great expectancy. I see worship teams assisting in creating an atmosphere of praise through exhortation and anointed Holy Spirit led ministry. I see people exhorted and built up during worship as the gifts of the Holy Spirit are freely exercised.
The church I see is a church who views people as its purpose and reason to exist. I see a church congregation who lovingly and openly embraces all people. I see a church congregation who are passionate about serving the needs of people in practical and spiritual ways, as the life-changing salvation message of Jesus Christ is shared.
The church I see is a church which has a missions partnership commitment. I see a church that financially, practically, and prayerfully supports missions and missionaries; locally, nationally, and internationally. I see a church assisting church congregations during difficult seasons and new churches being planted. I see a church that possesses a team-spirit, in relation to ministry with local churches and ministries.
The church I see is a church where communication meets the practical and spiritual needs of people. I see the Holy Spirit empowering and directing as the Word of God is shared. I see a church where the entire Bible is upheld as final authority, without compromise, apology, or reservation.
The church I see is a church that believes in the divine intervention of God. I see active and growing prayer gatherings, as our congregation hungers and thirsts for God to do the supernatural in our church and in our community. I see exciting stories of prayers being answered as spiritual, physical, and emotional needs are met by the power of God.
The church I see is a church where each person attending eagerly desires to be equipped for ministry and is involved in the vision of the church. I see effective ministry taking place that meets the needs of every age. I see a church that refuses to settle for the status quo, or the comfort zone, but is innovative and adventurous when it comes to exploring new opportunities and methods of ministry.