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The CGN Mission & Methods Podcast is the official podcast of the Calvary Global Network (CGN). Hosted by CGN Director, Kellen Criswell, the podcast features discussions on theology and ministry practice related to three foundational aspects of Great Commission work: gospel proclamation, disciple making, and church planting. Guests include church and mission leaders, missiologists, and theologians from Calvary Global Network, and friends of CGN of diverse evangelical traditions from around the world.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 23 Ratings

The CGN Mission & Methods Podcast is the official podcast of the Calvary Global Network (CGN). Hosted by CGN Director, Kellen Criswell, the podcast features discussions on theology and ministry practice related to three foundational aspects of Great Commission work: gospel proclamation, disciple making, and church planting. Guests include church and mission leaders, missiologists, and theologians from Calvary Global Network, and friends of CGN of diverse evangelical traditions from around the world.

    Is There Still a Need for More New Churches? An Update on the Cultivate Church Planter Training Program

    Is There Still a Need for More New Churches? An Update on the Cultivate Church Planter Training Program

    In the New Testament we see how, as the gospel spread, new churches were established as hubs for discipleship and carrying out God’s mission in a local area. But is there still a need for new churches today?

    In this final episode of Season 3, Nick Cady speaks with the Core Team of the Cultivate Church Planter Training Program, an initiative of CGN which has developed a local-church based program to assess, train, deploy, and care for leaders who will spearhead new church plants around the world.

    The members of the Cultivate Core Team believe that the world needs more gospel-centered churches, and in this episode they talk about why there is a need for more churches, as well as some common mistakes that church planters and sending churches can make, and some proven methods for helping new church plants succeed. Finally, they discuss how Cultivate works, and how people can get connected.

    Listen for a clip from Pastor Chuck Smith on the topic of church planting.

    The Cultivate Core Team is: Nick Cady, Kellen Criswell, Brian Kelly, and Bruce Zachary. More information about Cultivate can be found at cultivatechurchplanting.com

    Send us your feedback on these episodes at CGN@calvarychapel.com

    • 54 min
    A Gift and a Skill: How CGN and Expositors Collective are Working to Train Bible Teachers

    A Gift and a Skill: How CGN and Expositors Collective are Working to Train Bible Teachers

    Expositors Collective is an organization that hosts training events and provides resources to help people grow as Bible teachers and preachers of God’s Word. Recently, Expositors Collective came into formal relationship with CGN.

    Teaching, according to the Bible, is a Spiritual gift, and it is also a skill which can be developed and improved. What is the relationship between the spiritual gifting of teaching, and the responsibility to steward that gift by doing your best to make sure you are rightly dividing and effectively communicating the "Word of Truth"?

    As Christians, we all engage with the Bible at some level, so even if someone isn’t preaching sermons on Sunday mornings, they will likely have many opportunities to share Biblical truth and wisdom with others. For this reason, it is important for us to grow in both our private study and our public proclamation of God’s Word.

    In this episode, Nick Cady speaks with Kellen Criswell and Mike Neglia about the history of Expositors Collective and what are some of the unique elements of it, as well as how Expositors Collective works with CGN in our mission to Proclaim the Gospel, Make Disciples, and Plant Churches.

    Listen for a clip from Pastor Chuck Smith about sermon preparation and how it works together with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. 

    We’d love to hear feedback from you on these episodes. You can email us at CGN@calvarychapel.com

    • 55 min
    What Does It Mean to Teach "the Whole Counsel of God"?

    What Does It Mean to Teach "the Whole Counsel of God"?

    In Acts 20:26 Paul the Apostle tells the leaders of the Ephesian church that he innocent of their blood because, during his time in Ephesus, he taught them “the whole counsel of God’s Word.” What does it mean to teach the whole counsel of God’s word, and how can we be sure we are doing this in our churches?

    One of the core values of CGN is biblical literacy. In this episode, Nick Cady speaks with Kellen Criswell to discuss what CGN is doing to promote biblical literacy and to encourage the teaching of “the whole counsel of God’s Word.”

    As part of this discussion, they talk about biblical theology and Christ-centered hermeneutics, as they discuss the importance of teaching every part of the Bible in relation to the big story that all of the Bible together tells.

    We’d love to hear feedback from you on these episodes. You can email us at CGN@calvarychapel.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    How Does CGN Support Women in Ministry Leadership?

    How Does CGN Support Women in Ministry Leadership?

    Since one of the roles of CGN as a network is to provide care and coaching for those in ministry leadership, what is CGN doing to support women specifically, who are serving in ministry leadership?

    In this episode Nick Cady and Kellen Criswell are joined by Brenda Leavenworth, who leads the Women’s Care and Coaching Team for CGN. They discuss some of the unique challenges that women face when it comes to serving in ministry, and what CGN is doing to provide resources and support to meet those needs.

    They discuss some of the ways that women can be involved in leading in the local church within a complementarian framework, and Brenda shares some stories of ways in which this team has helped women, as well as how those listening can connect with what is being provided.

    Resources mentioned in this episode -


    The CGN Statement on Women in Ministry Leadership
    CGN Mission & Methods episode on Women in Ministry Leadership: What CGN Leaders Believe
    When She Leads Conference in Temecula, CA - October 21-22, 2022
    When She Leads Podcast

    We’d love to hear feedback from you on these episodes. You can email us at CGN@calvarychapel.com

    • 44 min
    Ukraine Relief Workers Conference

    Ukraine Relief Workers Conference

    One of the things CGN exists to do, is to provide care and coaching for those in ministry leadership. How do we help people to avoid burnout? How do we help those who are struggling with very difficult things, either in ministry or on a personal level?

    This past July, we partnered with Cross Culture Missions to put on a conference specifically for those in our network who have been involved in providing aid and relief on the ground, since the war began in Ukraine. 

    We have ministry partners both in Ukraine and the surrounding countries who have been helping suffering and displaced people — and yet, many of these leaders are suffering and displaced themselves.

    Using some of the resources and relationships God has provided us with, we were able to minister to these families at our conference center in Austria.

    The following conversation is a "Field Report," recorded at that conference, between some CGN leaders and good friends, discussing what was unique about this conference, and sharing and celebrating God’s work through Calvary Chapel in Europe over the past four decades.

    Donations to the CGN Relief Fund can be made here: https://calvaryglobalnetwork.com/relief/

    We’d love to hear feedback from you on these episodes. You can email us at CGN@calvarychapel.com

    • 47 min
    What Does CGN Believe about Ecclesiology and Church Government?

    What Does CGN Believe about Ecclesiology and Church Government?

    What does CGN believe about the nature, purpose, and destiny of the church, both locally and globally? What constitutes a church, and what role do churches, and “the church” as a whole, have to play in God’s mission in the world? Furthermore, what models of church government can be found in CGN churches?

    In this episode, Nick Cady speaks with Kellen Criswell about CGN’s beliefs about ecclesiology. They talk about the “Moses Model” and other forms of church government, as well as questions of contextualization in different cultural settings.

    We’d love to hear feedback from you on these episodes. You can email us at CGN@calvarychapel.com

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

pastordwilliams ,

Love the vision!

Season 3 has been great learning more of the heart and vision of CGN. Pastor Nick has been doing a great job with hosting this season and love hearing straight from pastor Brian the vision he has for CGN and his perspective on things. Thanks guys for all that you do and I appreciate as a fellow CGN pastor you spreading the vision so well.

TaylorCorum ,

Wonderful!

I look forward to the announcement of the new episode! Very informative.

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