QUESTION: I’ve heard that we are changing up our Wednesday night service. Can you explain the changes?
ANSWER from Pastor Tucker: We desire to be a church devoted to prayer so we are committing time to consistently teach and equip our people to do so. As we processed how to best do this, it became clear that Wednesday nights would work the best. We already have a rhythm of coming together on these nights, with childcare provided, for focused time with the Lord. So, for the summer we are going to pause our typical Bible study and intentionally use that time to pray together. If you've been looking for another way to connect with some of our pastors and others, or if you're just hungry for more prayer in your life, this is a great opportunity for you.
Come, learn to pray, intercede on behalf of this church and the world, and see what God does. Wednesdays at 6:30 in the prayer room.
QUESTION: What is the significance of Communion? Why do we do it every week? Who is allowed to partake?
ANSWER from Monte Eldfrick (an elder at Calvary Boise) (May 10, 2019): Communion is a time when followers of Jesus Christ come together to reflect on, remember, and contemplate the sacrifice that Jesus made for us by dying on the cross, and the gift of life that He has given us. The literal act of taking the bread and the juice have nothing to do with salvation; it is an outward expression of something that has already happened in your heart.
At Calvary Boise we celebrate communion regularly because remembering that Jesus loves us, died to cleanse us of our sins, and is coming back for us is something that needs to be repeated so we don’t forget, especially because life can be busy and distracting.
The act of communion can lose its urgency and become mere routine. The Bible instructs His disciples to be “all in” with respect to Jesus (Matthew 22:37). He wants us to trust Him wholeheartedly with our lives. We want to approach Jesus and the time of communion with a full and intentional heart. Doing it just because the guy next to us is doing it really robs us of a blessing that God has intended for us. So approach this time with a heart that is softened and open to His power in your life. Our hearts should be free of conflict with others, and our minds should be thanking and loving Jesus for what He has done (1 Corinthians 11).
If you haven’t put faith in Jesus, do it now, don’t wait. He desires to forgive you for your sins and give you life that the world cannot offer, and a confidence in Him that your life has purpose and a plan. If you have done that, please join us in taking communion. If you have strayed or just feel far off, let the communion elements pass and ask Jesus to remind you of how much He loves you. His love is more than you can imagine (John 3:16). He forgives, offers second chances (and 100th chances) and He restores and welcomes you back home. You just have to let Him in.
QUESTION: I’ve noticed changes in the sanctuary. Can you explain the reasons for those changes?
ANSWER from Pastor Trevor (February 3, 2019): As a church, we strive to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind (Luke 10:27). We continue to use the gifts God has given us and seek His guidance and leading in how we express this love during our services. As a part of this, we will be making changes periodically and would love to discuss any feedback you have when we make a change (click here to contact us via email). Even though songs will change, elements of our services will change, and the environment of our worship will change, some things will never change. We will always remain dedicated to loving God, teaching His Word, and seeking to help others experience and accept His love.
QUESTION: What is the best way to get involved at this church?
ANSWER from Pastor Tucker (January 13, 2019): Great question. There is no one-size-fits-all answer for where and how you should get involved beyond Sunday. God has given all of us different passions and gifts, and they will match a variety of opportunities to serve and get plugged in. But, there is a common fist step that every believer, hungry for more, should start with. The first step for all of us, whether we are looking to get more involved at church, need to find a solution for a difficult season, or simply don’t know where to begin with something, has to be prayer. The Bible says, “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). If you really want to know how God wants to use you, you have to ask Him. So if you have been thinking about how to get more involved here, now is the perfect time to find out. Join us as we spend a week of fasting and prayer in pursuit of God’s purpose and power. JAN 20 at 6:30 pm JAN 21-24 6:30 am & 6:30 pm. Click here for details. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” –Proverbs 3:5-6
Question: I noticed the parking lot and patio in front of the preschool building are under construction. What’s going on?
ANSWER from Pastor Trevor (October 7,2018): There are two exciting things going on here. First, we are doing routine maintenance on the parking lot in front of the preschool building by replacing the asphalt. This will help provide safety for people and cars who use that lot during the week and on weekends by eliminating potholes and pools of water or ice that would form in the cold and wet seasons. Additionally, we are updating the patio and walkway in front of the preschool building that was previously asphalt. The new concrete patio has updated drainage to help protect from pooling and freezing water that was a slipping hazard during the cold and wet seasons, and will eliminate some of the curbs that have caused people to trip. Replacing the asphalt with concrete will also provide some relief from the excessive heat in that area during the summer months. We will also be adding some trees and landscaping that will keep the area vibrant and shaded. I am really excited for how these small changes have the potential to make a big impact on how people are served at our church. As always I’m very thankful for all of your patience, prayers, and support for projects like this!
QUESTION: I heard there were some changes coming up for the District Coffee House. Can you tell me about that?
ANSWER from Pastor Tucker (June 22, 2018): Since I became lead pastor in 2016, it’s been clear that God is doing a new work here at Calvary Boise. As part of that process, the elders and leadership team continually pray for wisdom about the focus and mission of our church.
We feel called to pursue a simple church model that emphasizes what God has simply told His family to do. We believe Christ’s church is a place where the Gospel is preached, God’s Word is proclaimed and built upon, God’s presence is experienced and enjoyed, and His people gather in prayer and fellowship. These are our best things. Other pursuits—while good—are better suited for the personal callings of individuals.
That’s why we have come to an exciting decision regarding the District Coffee House. For nearly a decade the District has been a great gathering place downtown. Under the leadership of Kate Seward it went from a struggling enterprise barely able to keep its doors open to an award-winner (voted Best Barista in Boise two years in a row). However, more than a year ago, Kate and her husband Scott (our former worship leaders) opened their own downtown coffee establishment, and the District’s oversight reverted to our pastors and elder board.
This did not seem the most effective pursuit of God’s purposes for us. After much prayer, I am excited to share that Kate and Scott will be purchasing the District. Their entrepreneurial spirit will facilitate necessary updates and improvements, and our elders and pastors will be liberated to focus on the simple calling of our church. The Sewards’ involvement means our church will still have access to the District for meetings and events. Operating a coffee shop is a perfect thing for Kate and Scott’s passions and skill sets. Therefore, we believe this transition is a great thing for all involved.
QUESTION: I noticed we changed the name of our church website. Are we still a Calvary Chapel?
ANSWER from Pastor Tucker (June 10, 2018): Absolutely. While our website recently got a much needed refresher, including a more “familiar” name, in no way does the update change who we are as a church. All of our core values and Calvary Chapel relationships remain intact. Think of it this way: calling our website Calvary Boise instead of Calvary Chapel Boise is like calling me Tucker instead of my given name, Thomas. I am the same guy either way, but Tucker is how friends and family know me. Yes, we are still Calvary Chapel Boise, but Calvary Boise is just easier and tends to be what our church family calls this body of believers.
QUESTION: Do we still broadcast our sermons on TV and radio?
ANSWER from Pastor Tucker (August 19, 2018): No. After much thought, prayer, and discussion we recently decided to discontinue broadcasting our Sunday sermons. A number of factors influenced the decision:
- Many amazing local preachers fill the airwaves with the Gospel. We are confident that the people who are blessed by TV and radio preaching will still be served by other gifted teachers.
- With the rise of free digital media like podcasts and online video streaming, it has become increasingly difficult to justify the high price of TV and radio. When we started the TV/Radio Ministry nearly two decades ago it was the best way to get the Gospel beyond our church walls. That is simply no longer the case, and we believe it is time to allocate resources accordingly.
- We are eager to help members of the fellowship become more tech savvy. We know that not everyone uses digital media and our staff members are here to help get you started. If you found our Q & A page, it will be easy for you to find our online sermons. Let us help. If you know of others who struggle to even get this far, have them call us. Anyone with a smart phone, Ipad, or computer can access our sermons at their convenience. We also have CDs of Saturday night’s sermon available at the Welcome Center all week long.
QUESTION: Why did we remodel the lobby?
ANSWER from Pastor Tucker (July 1,2018): We remodeled the lobby for two reasons:
- We wanted the space to become more functional. We now have an enlarged and improved Welcome Center where visitors can get all their questions answered and members of our church family can discover more about ministry opportunities. We also have a focused fellowship area designed to create an inviting place for friendly conversations, small group gatherings, and the breaking of bread.
- The timing was right. In 2017 we sold land to the Ada County Highway department for the widening of Franklin Road. Our bank designated that the money from this sale had to be used for property improvements. So, we used the proceeds to remodel our lobby, and also to partially fund upcoming parking lot improvements and a new family area on the west side of the sanctuary for young and growing families.