Calvary Chapel Parkland

Changing Our World by Reaching Our Communities

By Pastor Steve Daigle

Our world is a busy place and there is always something trying to capture our attention. Many of us desire to make a change in the world, but with so many people and so many problems that seem hard to reach, one may ask the question, how can we change the world? The answer… person at a time.

My wife, our four children and I have lived in Parkland for the last nine years. Three years ago there was a great tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. That tragedy really rocked our community and caused many people to feel less secure in their search for hope. That same year, I was planning to start a Bible Study to reach the people of Parkland. I knew that the hope that people needed could only come from Jesus Christ….so how do we bring that hope to our local community? We often say one of our goals is “Reaching our community, changing our world.”

As some of our neighbors got together to pray for the families and the community, we eventually started a Bible Study at our clubhouse. The study grew and we eventually moved into a local coffee shop where more and more people wanted to be a part of what God was doing in Parkland. Being a part of Calvary Chapel since 2005, as a part of our church planting vision, our study became a Calvary Chapel regional campus.

We began meeting at Westglades Middle School on April 14, 2019 and have seen God move in so many ways including many people giving their life to Christ, a community of people growing stronger in their faith through community groups, and reaching students through First Priority Christian Clubs in Westglades Middle School and MSD High School. We are also reaching the elderly with a weekly church service at Aston Gardens, an increase in foster care support, and healthy women and men’s ministries.

The pandemic started around our 1 year anniversary and schools were not able to allow churches to meet on their properties to keep everyone safe. After a few months in a virtual environment, God opened up a door for us to meet outdoors for our Summer Nights services and then eventually moved indoors at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel & Convention Center and then Silverspot Theaters in Coconut Creek.

As we were praying for a more permanent place to call home, a new door opened up in Coconut Creek, right at the intersection of Parkland, Coconut Creek and Coral Springs with a great opportunity to reach even more people and communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jason and Smitha Mathew have been very impressed with Calvary Chapel Parkland, and are pleased to share their insights. “As parents of four kids living the busy Parkland life, it was important for us to find a good local church that we could call home. We had heard that Calvary Chapel was planting a church here, and had to give it a try. We met the friendliest, and most caring people we could do life with. Calvary Chapel Parkland has truly been a blessing for our family. It’s the people that keep us coming back! We have truly found a community of believers who we can fellowship with each week. Our children love the kid’s services and we enjoy being able to grow in the word each week as well. Calvary Chapel Parkland has been an amazing place to connect to God, to others, and to our community. We are blessed to call this our church home!”

Now more than ever, people need hope and we truly believe that what was intended for evil through what happened at MSD High School and even what is happening with the coronavirus, God is going to use for good for the saving of many lives.

Genesis 50:20 – You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

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