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Hope, Suffering, and Glory: Studies in 1 Peter

Dear Friends,

We are really looking forward to this year’s CGN International Conference. As the Executive Team sat down to think and pray about this year’s theme, we all agreed that, based on the tumultuous nature of the times, we needed to look to a text of Scripture that would speak to our current cultural moment. We agreed that 1 Peter would be an excellent place to draw encouragement from since Peter wrote to those who were also living out their faith in challenging times. Our theme, Hope, Suffering, and Glory, captures much of what the Apostle addressed in the letter and speaks to much of our experience here in this present hour. I am delighted that we have been able to put together a great lineup of speakers to address important and relevant topics. I look forward to seeing each of you, and being encouraged together with you, as we look to the Lord to speak through His word and strengthen each of us through His presence as we gather in His name.

 
  Blessings,
  Brian Brodersen
  President, Calvary Global Network

Registration

 

Individual  ($200) 

Includes all Sessions, Workshops, Consultation Services, and On-Demand archives after the conference for an individual.

Married Couple ($350) 

Includes All Sessions, Workshops, Consultation Services, and On-Demand archives after the conference for a married couple.

Group of Five Discount ($800)

Your fifth registrant is FREE! You must select “Group of Five” for each registrant to receive the discount of $200.

Virtual Access ($50)

With Lifetime On-Demand Access: During and after the conference, all main sessions and one workshop are free to watch on-demand.

One Day Pass ($80)

One Day Only Pass – Sunday ($40), Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday ($80) Includes all materials and meals for that day. Also, on-demand archives after the conference are included for an individual.

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Children ages five to fifteen will enjoy faith-building instruction and fellowship through a curriculum and program provided by Child Evangelism Fellowship for an added donation of $15 to cover material and snack costs. A nursing mom’s room will also be available. This conference is for anyone interested in being equipped and inspired in their Christian walk.

What’s Included?

In-Person

  • 9 Keynote Speakers!
  • 12 Workshops! Six 90-minute gatherings per day on two consecutive days! Forty-five minutes of instruction followed by 45 minutes of a roundtable discussion.
  • Children’s Ministry! Children ages five to fifteen will enjoy faith-building instruction and fellowship through a curriculum and program provided by Child Evangelism Fellowship. There will also be a nursing mom’s room available.
  • Spanish Translation: Available in the Main Sanctuary and online, during and after the conference.
  • Discounted Registration for your whole team! Save 20% when you register five individuals.
  • On-Demand Archives: After the conference, archives of all main sessions, panels, interviews, and workshops are free to watch on-demand.

In-Person Continued

  • Sunday Evening Worship and Dinner Sunday, June 23, at 6:00 pm!
  • Youth Leaders Lunch on Monday, June 24, at noon!
  • CGN Family Feast: A sit-down dinner on Monday, June 24, at 5:00 pm!
  • Cultivate Church Planting Lunch on Tuesday, June 25, at noon to learn about the next generation of Calvary Chapel church planting. This gathering is for anyone interested in planting, training, or sending church planters within the next ten years.
  • Free Coffee and snacks all week! Specialty coffee is available for purchase.

Virtual Access

  • All Main Sessions and Two Workshops will be live-streamed to our virtual audience. (Spanish Translation will be available online and in person).
  • On-Demand Access: During and after the conference, all main sessions and two workshops, are free to watch on-demand.
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Event Schedule   

Sunday, June 23

5:00 – 6:00 PM Check-In

6:00–7:00 PM  Meet & Greet Dinner

7:00–9:00 PM  An Evening of Worship

Monday, June 24

8:00–9:00 AM   Check-in

9:00–10:30 AM  Session #1: Wayne Taylor A Living Hope”

10:30 AM–12:00 PM  Session #2: Justin Thomas The Call to Holiness”

12:00–2:00 PM  Lunch Break – Youth Leader Lunch 

2:00–3:00 PM  Panel Discussion

3:00–4:30 PM  Free Time/Networking

4:30-5:00 PM  Meet with your Team! Unpack what you have learned!

5:00–7:00 PM  Dinner “CGN Family Feast”

7:00–8:00 PM  Session #3 Dan Kimball “A Worshiping and Witnessing People”

8:00–9:00 PM  Extended Worship

Tuesday, June 25

8:00–9:00 AM  Morning Prayer with Wayne Taylor

9:00–10:30 AM  Session #4: Rafael Manzanares Christ Our Example

10:30 AM–12:00 PM  Session #5: Phil & Joy Metzger Heirs of the Grace of Life”

12:00 PM–2:00 PM  Lunch Break – Cultivate Church Planting Lunch 

2:00-3:00 PM  Panel Discussion

3:00–4:30 PM  Workshops

4:30-5:00 PM  Meet with your Team! Unpack what you have learned!

5:00–7:00 PM  Dinner Break

7:00–8:00 PM  Session #6: John Dickson “Suffering for Righteousness”

8:00–9:00 PM  Extended Worship

Wednesday, June 26

8:00–9:00 AM  Morning Prayer with Wayne Taylor

9:00–10:30 AM  Session #7: Ed Stetzer Life in the End Times”

10:30 AM–12:00 PM Session #8: James Meeks Shepherding the Flock”

12:00–2:00 PM  Lunch Break

2:00–3:00 PM Panel Discussion

3:00–4:30 PM  Workshops

4:30-5:00 PM  Meet with your Team! Unpack what you have learned!

5:00–7:00 PM  Dinner Break

7:00–8:00 PM  Session #9: Brian Brodersen “Your Adversary the Devil”

8:00–9:00 PM  Extended Worship 

Main Session Speakers

Check out our lineup of 2024 speakers featuring leaders from around the world. Click on an image to learn more.

"A Living Hope"

Wayne Taylor

Wayne Taylor is the founding pastor of Calvary Fellowship Seattle, where he was the lead pastor for 41 years. (It’s now called Mountlake Church.) Over time, God used the church to help plant over 50 churches, about half locally and half globally. Recently, Wayne transitioned to the roles of itinerant Bible teacher and support Missionary to many global Calvary churches. He is the author of 4 books: “The Civil War Within,” “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ,” “He Dwelt Among Us,” and “Tidings of Great Joy.”

"Christ Our Example"

Rafael Manzanares

Rafael Manzanares, originally from the island of Mallorca, is the lead pastor of Santa Ponsa Community Church. He became a Christian in the US and attended Calvary Chapel Bible College in Austria. Rafael then served with Pastor Brian Brodersen in London before moving to Spain to take over the pastorate of SPCC in 2002 and eventually open a Calvary Chapel-affiliated Bible College as well in 2005. He is now working on a long-standing vision of opening a Christian school on the island.

"Your Adversary the Devil"

Brian Brodersen

Brian Brodersen is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. He also serves as president of the Calvary Global Network, chancellor of Calvary Chapel Bible College, and co-founder and director of Creation Fest UK. Brian is the featured speaker on the Back to Basics radio program and co-host of the live call-in program Pastors’ Perspective. Brian holds an M.A. in Ministry and Leadership from Wheaton College.
"Suffering for Righteousness"

John Dickson

John Dickson is a professor at Wheaton College, host of Undeceptions (a podcast “Advocating for the Christian faith in a sceptical world”), and busy writer and public speaker. His story is an eclectic one. After starting out as a professional singer-songwriter, John now works as historian, professor, author, and media presenter. Before moving to Wheaton College, he held teaching and research positions in various departments, i.e., Ancient History, Jewish and Biblical Studies, and Classics in Australia and Oxford, England. A prolific writer, John has published over twenty books (two became television documentaries, and one was released in Australian cinemas), not to mention “A Doubter’s Guide to World Religions” (2022), “7 Reasons to (Re)consider Christianity” (2021), and “Bullies and Saints – An honest look at the good and evil of Christian history” (2021).
"A Worshiping and Witnessing People"

Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball was the founding point leader of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, where he still serves on staff. He is also the Vice President of Church, Strategy and Mission at Western Seminary as well as an Associate Professor of Leadership and Theology. In addition to earning graduate degrees from Western Seminary (M.A.) and George Fox University (D.Min.), Dan is the author of several books including “How (Not) to Read the Bible: Making Sense of the Anti-Women, Anti-science, Pro-violence, Pro-slavery and Other Crazy-Sounding Parts of Scripture.”
"Shepherding the Flock"

James T. Meeks

Reverend James T. Meeks is the founder of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, which has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing megachurches in the United States. Starting with 125 members in 1985, under Reverend Meeks’ leadership, Salem has grown to a congregation of 9,000 members nationwide.

In 2005, Pastor Meeks led Salem in the building of the House of Hope, a 10,000-seat community and worship center on the South Side of Chicago. Throughout his life, Pastor Meeks has served the people’s needs, whether through his work as an Illinois State Senator, as part of a community organizing events in the streets of Chicago, or from the pulpit every Sunday morning. He is the author of two books: “How to  Get out of Debt and Into Praise” and “Life-Changing Relationships.”

In January of 2023, Pastor Meeks retired as Pastor of the Salem Baptist Church and became CEO of the Hope Center Foundation. This non-profit helps residents of the urban Chicago community successfully transition out of poverty and into a living wage and generational wealth. In May 2023, Pastor Meeks graduated from Wheaton College with his Master’s Degree in Leadership Development. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Theology from Moody Bible Institute.

"The Call to Holiness"

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas is president of Calvary Chapel Bible College (CCBC) in Twin Peaks, California, where he is an alumnus. Prior to serving at CCBC, he was the founding pastor of Calvary: The Hill in Seattle, Washington. In addition to holding an M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary, Justin is continuing his studies at Western as a doctoral student (Ph.D.) in Intercultural Education.
"Life in the End Times"

Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is the Dean and Professor of Leadership and Christian Ministry at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He also serves as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University, where he teaches twice a year. Ed has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches; trained pastors and church planters on six continents; earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates; and written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is Regional Director for Lausanne North America, the Editor-in-Chief of Outreach Magazine, and regularly writes for news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. His national radio show, Ed Stetzer Live, airs Saturdays on Moody Radio and affiliates. Ed serves his local church, Mariners Church, as Scholar in Residence & Teaching Pastor.
"Heirs of the Grace of Life"

Phil & Joy Metzger

After serving two decades as a missionary and church planter in Hungary, Phil and Joy are now back in Southern California where Phil is the lead pastor of Calvary San Diego and Joy leads the women’s ministry. While in Hungary, Phil was the lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Budapest as well as the ministry director of Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Phil oversees Calvary Church plants throughout Eastern Europe, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. Their heart and ministry is focused on making disciples and seeing the church impact the world for Christ. They would love to see more and more churches planted in order to bring the Word of God to the lost. Phil is a graduate of Veritas International University (M.A. in Theology/Theological Studies) and Western Seminary (Ph.D. in Intercultural Education). His podcast, “Crossing Cultures,” is dedicated to helping people connect to those who live, think, and believe differently than they do. Phil is also the co-author of “A Story of Grace: Beyond the Iron Curtain.”

Workshops

Forty-five minutes of instruction followed by 45 minutes of a roundtable discussion. The “roundtable” portion of the gatherings includes a question and answer time or a dialogue with the facilitators and participants.

Tuesday, June 25

  • Ministry Team Building with Dan Jarrell
  • Why should I care? Caring For Your Soul with Jeff Gipe, Billy Almaguer, and Daniel Williams
  • Calvary Chapel 101 with Bruce Zachary and Brian Kelly
  • Growing Your Church with Ed Stetzer 
  • We’re All Apologists Now with Bobby Conway
  • Putting Marriage in its Place: A Theology of Singleness with Justin Thomas

Wednesday, June 26

  • Preparing A Sermon with Brian Brodersen and Mike Neglia
  • Women in Church Leadership with Gerry Breshears
  • Making Sense of Christianity for Gen Z with Bobby and Dawson Conway
  • Trauma Informed Ministry  with Lu Wing & Peter Voorhees
  • Intentional Relational Leadership Development with Bruce Zachary
  • Preaching on Sex: How to Faithfully Steward a Sensitive Topic with Justin Thomas

Workshop Speakers

Check out our lineup of 2024 workshop speakers featuring leaders from around the world. Click on an image to learn more.

Bobby Conway

Bobby Conway serves as lead pastor of Image Church in Charlotte, North Carolina and is well-known for his YouTube ministry, One Minute Apologist, which now goes by Christianity Still Makes Sense. He also serves as the co-host of Pastors’ Perspective, a nationally syndicated call-in radio show on KWVE in Southern California. Bobby earned his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, his Doctor of Ministry in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from the University of Birmingham (England). Bobby has also written several books, including “The Fifth Gospel,” “Doubting Toward Faith,” “Does God Exist? and Fifty-One Other Questions About God and the Bible,” and “Does Christianity Still Make Sense?”

Billy Almaguer

Billy Almaguer and his family are no strangers to Florida or ministry. He met his wonderful wife Kelli in 2000 in West Palm Beach, Florida, while serving in a young adults ministry at Christ Fellowship. He will be quick to tell you that his wife has an incredible gift as a worship leader, and she is a beautiful gift from the Lord. In 2001, Billy, Kelli, and other young adults went to the Dominican Republic for a mission trip. Immediately after the trip, Billy and Kelli began dating and were married in November of 2002.

He and Kelli are big believers in the local church and have served together in various ministries since 2001. They have been on staff at Calvary Chapel Port St. Lucie and Southbrook Church since 2007.
In 2012 God began to work in the heart of Billy and started a slow and steady process of preparing him and his family to go and make disciples. In January 2015, God gave Billy the vision of planting a Calvary Chapel church in St. Augustine, Florida. With the full blessing and support of Southbrook Church, Billy and Kelli have begun to transition to fulfill this call in their lives. Billy will quickly tell you that Jesus never said to plant a church but instead make disciples. His heart is on reaching those who are close to us but far from God with the life-changing message of Jesus and cultivating discipleship opportunities.

Billy is a licensed professional engineer with ten years of experience doing consulting work along the east coast of Florida and has served in the local church since 1998.

Brian Brodersen

Brian Brodersen is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. He also serves as President of the Calvary Global Network, Chancellor of Calvary Chapel Bible College, and is the co-founder and director of Creationfest UK. Brian is the featured speaker on the Back to Basics Radio program and co-host of the live call-in program Pastor’s Perspective. Brian holds an M.A. in Ministry and Leadership from Wheaton College.

Ed Stetzer

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is the Dean and Professor of Leadership and Christian Ministry at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He also serves as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University, where he teaches twice a year. Ed has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches; trained pastors and church planters on six continents; earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates; and written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is Regional Director for Lausanne North America, the Editor-in-Chief of Outreach Magazine, and regularly writes for news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. His national radio show, Ed Stetzer Live, airs Saturdays on Moody Radio and affiliates. Ed serves his local church, Mariners Church, as Scholar in Residence & Teaching Pastor.

Peter Voorhees

Peter Voorhees is the Lead Pastor of City Chapel of Bremerton in Bremerton, WA. He holds a graduate degree from Western Seminary and is an alum of Calvary Chapel Bible College.

With his educational background and personal experiences, Peter is passionate about creating a welcoming environment where individuals can be introduced to Jesus and grow in the gospel. He is married to Crystal, and they have three daughters: Celia Aviya, Molly Olivia, and Stella Violet.

In co-leading a breakout session at this conference, Peter brings his expertise in trauma-informed ministry to equip other pastors with the knowledge and skills necessary to support their communities effectively.

Lu Wing

Pastor Lu Wing is the Associate Pastor at Olive Branch Christian Fellowship. He graduated from San Francisco University with a BA in Cell Biology (1980) and completed his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (1992). Lu, his wife Pam, and their family of four have lived in the San Diego area for 32 years. Pastor Lu is also currently a toxicology consultant in the biopharmaceutical industry with Cardinal Health in San Diego. He effectively brings his background into his Bible teaching.

Dr. Dan Jarrell

Dr. Dan Jarrell has been a pastor for over 40 years. He says he “loves the church, not so much for who she is, but for who she is becoming and who she is promised to be.” He has spent his life encouraging followers of Jesus toward a vision of the church as the glorious bride of Jesus and the only hope for the world in which we live. Dan has served three churches in those 40 years: Greater Portland Bible Church in Portland, Oregon; Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas; and ChangePoint Alaska in Anchorage, all of which were “team ministry based.” He now serves on the faculty teams at Alaska Bible College in Palmer, Alaska, and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, equipping and empowering young leaders who are either pastoring churches or preparing for that challenge. Dan and Kathie have been married for 41 years. They have five grown children and nine grandchildren. Dan loves to fish, cook, read, teach, and hang out with the people he loves.

Jeff Gipe

Jeff Gipe is the leader of Local and Global Outreach at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. His prior pastoral roles include founding pastor of Newport Coast Lighthouse Church, a Calvary Chapel in Newport Beach, California, where he served for 15 years. In addition to serving in Brentwood, Jeff is a member of the CGN Executive Team.

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas is president of Calvary Chapel Bible College (CCBC) in Twin Peaks, California, where he is an alumnus. Prior to serving at CCBC, he was the founding pastor of Calvary: The Hill in Seattle, Washington. In addition to holding an M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary, Justin is continuing his studies at Western as a doctoral student (Ph.D.) in Intercultural Education.

Brian Kelly

For the past twenty years Brian Kelly has been involved in church planting and mission work in East Africa, New Zealand, and the United States. Brian has a passion for planting churches and has hands-on experience seeing churches grow from the ground up. He recently planted a church in Bradenton, Florida—WestChurch—where he serves as lead pastor. Brian is also a member of the CGN Executive Team.

Mike Neglia

Mike Neglia is the lead pastor at Calvary Cork located in Cork, Ireland. After graduating from Bible College in Siegen, Germany in the summer of 2002, he served at Calvary Cork as a full-time missionary youth outreach coordinator/assistant for two years before taking over as lead pastor. Mike also channels his passion for Christ-centered expository preaching by serving on the steering committee of Expositors Collective and hosting their weekly podcast.

Bruce Zachary

Bruce Zachary was raised in a Jewish home and has been a follower of Jesus for more than 30 years. Bruce was an attorney for 25 years and has been an ordained pastor since 1995. In 1996, he planted Calvary Nexus, a Calvary Chapel church in Camarillo, California, where he continues serving as teaching and leader development pastor. Bruce has authored 18 books and directed a global church planting initiative in the Calvary Chapel movement. In addition, Bruce continues to serve in a leadership role within the Calvary Global Network as a member of the CGN Executive Team and core initiative Cultivate team.

Gerry Breshears

Gerry Breshears has been professor of theology at Western Seminary since 1980. In addition to teaching and lecturing at a number of colleges and seminaries around the world, he speaks in many churches. He works with a wide variety of people and issues in the pastoral side of his life. He works in leadership in the Evangelical Theological Society nationally and regionally, including having served as national president. He is coauthor of Vintage Jesus, Death by Love, Vintage Church, and Doctrine with Mark Driscoll. Gerry and his wife, Sherry, have two sons, Donn and David, and a daughter, Cyndee, and four wonderful grandchildren. He is an elder and a member of the preaching team at Grace Community Church of Gresham, Oregon.

Dawson Conway

Dawson Conway is a pastoral apprentice at Image Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Within this role, he leads and mentors a young adult group, cultivating an environment where they explore Scripture deeply and develop a thoughtful understanding of Christianity. As an online undergraduate student at Calvary Chapel Bible College, Dawson integrates his academic pursuits with his passion for ministry by utilizing various social media platforms as avenues for teaching and engagement. Through his online presence, he covers a wide range of topics, including biblical studies, theology, philosophy, mental health, and apologetics, with the goal of nurturing spiritual growth and understanding. Driven by a strong desire to connect with and impact Generation Z, Dawson aims to communicate the Gospel in a way that resonates with contemporary culture, understanding its nuances and adapting his approach accordingly without compromise.

Daniel Williams

Daniel Williams has a heart for encouraging and equipping church leaders through his Leadership Lessons Podcast and ministry at www.eeleaders.com. Daniel currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Calvary Chapel of the Palm Beaches in Southeast Florida with his wife, Laura, and their two teenage children.

Worship  

Our 2024 worship lineup. Click on any artist to read their bio.

Adam Dobbs

Originally from San Diego, California, Adam Dobbs is currently the executive pastor and worship leader for Calvary South Denver in Littleton, Colorado. Adam grew up serving and leading worship since junior high when he first met his wife, Christina. They have been married for 16 years and have four children: Eden, Asher, Micah, and Valor.

Calvary Chapel Worship Team

Shay Carlucci

Shay is currently the worship director at Calvary Fellowship in Seattle, Washington. He and his band Ghost Ship have released four records over the past decade. Although the band is now scattered across Seattle, Nashville, and Phoenix, they are still actively writing, recording, and touring the country. Shay has been married to his extraordinary wife, Tess, for eight years, and they have two sons, Wesley and Mickey.

Registration    

Individual

200

Includes all sessions, workshops, consultation services, and On-Demand archives after the conference for an individual.

Married Couple

$350

Includes all sessions, workshops, consultation services, and On-Demand archives after the conference for a married couple.

Day Pass

$80

Sunday ($40), Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday ($80) Includes all materials and meals for that day. Also, on-demand archives after the conference are included for an individual.

Virtual Access

$50

With Lifetime On-Demand Access

Group of Five

$800

When you select "Group of Five" for each registrant you will receive a discount of $200.
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Helpful Information  

Discounted Hotels

CGN has arranged a discounted rate (before the cut-off date) with each hotel below. You can use the links below to book online or call and ask for the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa rate.

Ayres Hotel Costa Mesa/Newport
325 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
800.322.9992

Deluxe Guest Room $130 (single or double occupancy)
Cut Off Date: 06/02/24

COMPLIMENTARY AMENITIES:
Shuttle to/from John Wayne
Cookies in the lobby each evening
Shuttle within a 3-mile radius

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Ayres Hotel Fountain Valley
17550 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
714.861.5170

Deluxe Guest Room $179 (single or double occupancy)
Cut Off Date: 5/24/24

COMPLIMENTARY AMENITIES:
Free Breakfast

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Hotel Zessa, a DoubleTree by Hilton™
Santa Ana Orange County Airport
201 E. MacArthur Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92707
714.825.3333

1 King Bed with Sofabed – $139.00
Cut Off Date: 6/17/24

Campus Map

A map of the conference facility.

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Book List

A curated list of books suggested by our conference speakers and CGN leaders.

Book List

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