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The CGN Mission & Methods Podcast

The CGN Mission & Methods Podcast

By Calvary Global Network
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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Women in Ministry Leadership: What CGN Leaders Believe

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What is "Gospel-Centered Renewal" and What Does It Mean for Life and Ministry?
One of the phrases you might hear us use to describe who we are and what we’re about as Calvary Global Network, is the phrase: “Gospel-Centered Renewal.” For example, on our website, we describe ourselves as “a family of churches working together for gospel-centered renewal.” But what do we mean by that? What is “renewal” - and what makes “Gospel-centered renewal” unique? In this episode, Nick Cady speaks with Kellen Criswell about the biblical basis of this phrase, what it means — and how it applies to different areas of life and ministry. Listen for a clip from Pastor Chuck Smith, where he expresses his views on this topic as well. We’d love to hear feedback from you on these episodes. You can email us at CGN@calvarychapel.com
43:46
July 27, 2022
What Do CGN Leaders Believe About the End Times?
How much of an emphasis does Calvary Global Network put on eschatology: the area of theology that deals with studying the end times? What is CGN’s position on end times theology, and how does the network relate to those who do not hold that position? In this episode, Nick Cady speaks with Brian Brodersen and Kellen Criswell about “Premillenialism," which is one of the theological streams to which CGN belongs. We explain what premillennialism is, and why we hold this view. We also discuss the relationship between Premillenialism and “Dispensationalism” — and explain how this distinction works practically out in our network. Brian Brodersen responds to some questions about his own views on End Times theology, and listen for a clip from Pastor Chuck Smith, sharing his heart on these matters. New episodes are being released every two weeks, so make sure you subscribe to the podcast! Episodes will be delivered to your device as soon as they come out. We’d love to hear feedback from you on these episodes. You can email us at CGN@calvarychapel.com
45:15
July 13, 2022
How is CGN Providing Care and Coaching for Leaders?
The recent years have presented new challenges for pastors and leaders, and many studies are showing that discouragement is at an all time high. Even apart the unique events of the past few years, pastoring and leading can be difficult. What is CGN doing as a network to provide care and coaching for pastors and leaders? In this episode, Brian Brodersen, Kellen Criswell, and Nick Cady are joined by Rob Salvato, who leads the Leadership Care and Coaching Team for CGN. In our discussion, Rob shares about the ways their team is developing systems and providing resources to help pastors and leaders in practical ways, including providing resources to help them lead, and providing a lifeline for those who are struggling. Together we share about some of the struggles we’ve faced as leaders, and how relationships within our network helped us in those times; as well as how we would like to make that experience available to anyone who needs it. Check out the Leadership Collective Podcast here. The Calvary Chapel / CGN International Conference is coming up soon — it will be from June 26-29 in Costa Mesa, California. For more information and registration, visit conference.calvarychapel.com New episodes are being released every 2 weeks, so make sure you subscribe to the podcast, so those episodes will be delivered to your device as soon as they come out. We’d love to hear feedback from you on these episodes. You can email us at CGN@calvarychapel.com
34:50
June 22, 2022
How is CGN Fostering Missional Life and Ministry?
What is the role of mission and outreach in the life of a church, or in the life of a disciple of Jesus? Is engagement in missions an optional activity, or is it an integral part of what it means to be a Christian? Where exactly is the “mission field”? In this episode, I speak with Kellen Criswell and Mike Neglia about the history of missions and missional engagement in Calvary Chapel, and why this is a core value of CGN as a network. We talk about how Calvary Chapel has been privileged to be part of two great revivals: one in the United States in the 1960’s & 70’s, and another in Europe in the 1990’s. I share some of the history of Calvary Chapel’s mission work in Central & Eastern Europe, and Kellen shares some practical steps for how to live with a missional mindset no matter where you are in the world. The Calvary Chapel / CGN International Conference is June 26-29, 2022 in Costa Mesa, California. For more information and registration, visit conference.calvarychapel.com New episodes are being released every two weeks. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast, so each episode will be delivered to your device as soon as they come out. We’d love to hear feedback from you on these episodes. You can email us at cgn@calvarychapel.com
47:47
June 08, 2022
What is CGN Doing to Help Churches in Practical Ways?
What is CGN doing to help churches in practical ways, including finances, pastoral coaching, and other resources? In this episode, I speak with Kellen Criswell and Jeff Gipe about the Funding and Development initiatives within CGN, and they share stories of how collaborative funds have already been used to help churches during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to fund new church plants.  Jeff and Kellen share about opportunities we have as a network to do more together than we can separately. This episode was recorded in January 2022, before the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing humanitarian crisis. At the end of this episode, listen for an update on how CGN has been able to support ministries and individuals on the ground in Ukraine and the surrounding region, through the Ukraine Relief Fund. We also give an update on the development of CGN as an independent entity. New episodes are being released every two weeks. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast, so each episode will be delivered to your device as soon as they come out. We’d love to hear feedback from you on these episodes. You can email us at cgn@calvarychapel.com
42:38
May 25, 2022
What Does CGN Believe about Charismatic Gifts and Their Use in the Church Today?
What do CGN leaders believe about the charismatic gifts mentioned in the Bible — specifically, the spiritual gifts of prophecy, healing, and speaking in tongues? Are these gifts still in operation? Are they available to Christians today? — And if so, how should they be used practically, in our churches? In this episode of the CGN Mission & Methods podcast, I sit down with Brian Brodersen and Kellen Criswell to discuss on of the theological streams that we belong to as a network, which is: Continuationism. We believe that all the spiritual gifts mentioned in the New Testament are available for believers today. In this episode, we discuss the difference between the terms “Continuationist” and “Charismatic,” and we talk about the biblical reasons why we hold this position, and share some stories as examples of what this can look like in practice. Make sure to listen for a clip from Pastor Chuck Smith, in which he talks about a key passage for this discussion, found in 1 Corinthians 13:8-10. New episodes are being released every two weeks! Make sure you subscribe to the podcast, so each episode will be delivered to your device as soon as they come out! We’d love to hear feedback from you on these episodes. You can email us at cgn@calvarychapel.com
49:39
May 11, 2022
Answering Tough Questions about CRT, LGBTQ Issues, and Spiritual Formation
What do CGN leaders believe about things like Critical Race Theory, or how we should relate to those who identify as LGBTQ? Is talking about “spiritual formation” biblical, or does it open people up to unbiblical influences? In this episode of the CGN Mission & Methods podcast, we answer some questions that you, our listeners, have sent in. Nick Cady asks Brian Brodersen and Kellen Criswell questions related to some of the most pressing cultural issues of our day, including Critical Race Theory, Social Justice, LGBTQ issues, and more — giving them a chance to respond to your questions and share their thoughts on these matters. Make sure to listen for a clip from Pastor Chuck Smith, in which he gives his take on racial prejudice and even white supremacy in the church. The CGN Leadership Statement on Racism can be found here. New episodes are being released every two weeks! Make sure you subscribe to the podcast, so each episode will be delivered to your device as soon as they come out! We’d love to hear feedback from you on these episodes. You can email us at cgn@calvarychapel.com
41:08
April 27, 2022
How Is CGN Cultivating Church Planting?
Calvary Chapel has been recognized as one of the greatest church planting movements of recent times. What are we at CGN doing to make sure we keep this aspect of our heritage alive in this generation, and in those to come? How can we, as a network, use the relationships and resources God has given us, to encourage, train, and support the planting of Bible teaching, gospel-centered churches - around the world? In this episode Nick Cady and Kellen Criswell discuss one of the key initiatives that CGN is developing called: Cultivate. Cultivate is a program designed to assess, train, and deploy new church planters and missionaries — using the local church as the garden in which those leaders are cultivated. Kellen and Nick explain the design and heart behind the Cultivate program, as well as how to get more information and register. Listen for a clip from Pastor Chuck Smith from the 1980's, in which he talks about how many Calvary Chapel churches had been planted back then, and what he envisioned for the future.  New episodes come out every two weeks, on Wednesday mornings. Make sure to subscribe, and new episodes will be delivered to you as soon as they are released.
42:46
April 13, 2022
What Does the Future Hold for CGN?
In this episode of the CGN Mission & Methods podcast, we discuss the future of CGN as a network: What initiatives are currently in the works? How does CGN relate to and work with other groups and churches, while still holding fast to our core convictions, values, and beliefs? What will happen to CGN once Brian Brodersen is no longer leading it? Those questions and more are answered in our discussion this week, as Nick Cady sits down with Brian Brodersen and Kellen Criswell to take you behind the scenes, and give you some insight into the heart and vision for CGN - especially moving forward, into the future. Listen for a clip from Pastor Chuck Smith, talking about the need to adjust our message and approach to ministry in an ever-changing culture. New episodes come out every two weeks, on Wednesday mornings. Make sure to subscribe, and new episodes will be delivered to you as soon as they are released.
38:42
March 30, 2022
Women in Ministry Leadership: What CGN Leaders Believe
In this episode of the CGN Mission & Methods Podcast, we open our Bibles to examine the much-debated topic of the role of women in ministry leadership.  As a network, CGN churches are complementarian. In this episode, Nick Cady asks Brian Brodersen and Kellen Criswell to explain the complementarian and egalitarian positions, and why Calvary Global Network is complementarian. Further, they explain what this means for CGN churches, and where there is room for diversity of practice in this area.  Listen towards the end of this episode for a clip of Pastor Chuck Smith giving his perspective on this topic, in a recording from 2008. Click here to read the CGN statement on Women in Ministry Leadership New episodes come out every two weeks, on Wednesday mornings. Make sure to subscribe, and new episodes will be delivered to you as soon as they are released.
56:60
March 16, 2022
The Origins and DNA of Calvary Global Network
Welcome to Season 3 of the CGN Mission & Methods Podcast! In this first episode of the new season, host Nick Cady speaks with Brian Brodersen and Kellen Criswell about the origins of CGN, including how it is related to and building upon the heritage of Calvary Chapel.  This episode features clips from Pastor Chuck Smith, as we discuss the heart behind CGN. New episodes will be released every two weeks, on Wednesday morning. Make sure to subscribe, and new episodes will be delivered to you as soon as they are released.
42:30
March 02, 2022
CGN Ukraine Update: What to know and how to pray. (With Jed Gourley and Pam Markey)
Nick Cady and Aaron Salvato talk with missionaries Jed Gourley and Pam Markey about the situation in Ukraine! We at CGN wanted to do what we can to help our Calvary family understand what is happening in Ukraine during the start of this war and how we can all be praying.
44:00
February 26, 2022
Season 3 Trailer
Season 3 of the Mission and Methods Podcast is in the works and new episodes will be coming out in 2022. Nick Cady will be hosting this upcoming season along with Kellen Criswell. Guests will include Brian Brodersen and others as we talk about the values, theology, and initiatives of Calvary Global Network. Visit calvaryglobalnetwork.com/questions to submit your questions or topics you'd like to hear about in this upcoming season, and keep an eye out for new episodes coming your way in 2022!
00:57
November 16, 2021
Worship Leadership, Philosophy and Theology with Scott Cunningham Part 2
As we conclude part two of Worship Leadership, Philosophy and Theology, Scott Cunningham, of School of Worship and Calvary Creative, discusses the question of using lyrics from songs written out of questionably theological sources. Find out on this episode of Mission & Methods! -
24:14
August 22, 2019
Worship Leadership, Philosophy and Theology with Scott Cunningham Part 1
Scott Cunningham has been a significant influence on church worship services within the Calvary Chapel movement for decades. His resumé includes Worship Leader at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Founder/Director of the School of Worship and overseer of the Calvary Chapel Worship Leaders Conference. He has written, recorded and produced many popular worship songs and albums, has partnered with such artists as Matt Redman, Shane & Shane, Jeremy Camp and Brian Eichelberger (Modern Post, Citizens & Saints, The Sing Team), and he produces the Pure Worship podcast. In this first part of a two-part series, he and Kellen Criswell talk about his background as a musician, songwriter and worship leader. Scott shares practical thoughts, perspectives and wisdom that will be an immense benefit to anyone in pastoral leadership and worship ministry.
47:48
August 08, 2019
Developing & Deploying Leaders in the Local Church
How did Jesus develop ministry leaders? Should all pastors and ministry leaders engage in leadership development? What are the biblical and practical foundations for healthy leadership development in the local church? In this episode, Kellen Criswell discusses these important questions with seasoned ministry trainer, Rod Thompson. Pastor Thompson has been used by the Lord to relationally mentor and deploy nearly 200 men and women into fruitful ministry around the world over the last three decades. In addition to serving as a pastor, church planter and missionary, Pastor Thompson continues to engage in training leaders for ministry in many places today, including the United States, Serbia, Italy, the Philippines and more.
58:47
July 18, 2019
Biblical & Practical Spiritual Formation
What is the biblical portrait of personal and spiritual maturity? What are the primary historic and contemporary approaches to spiritual formation? How can church leaders help church members cultivate spiritual maturity on a congregational level? Listen in as Dr. Randy Roberts, President and Professor of Christian Spirituality at Western Seminary, discuss these crucial questions, and more.
58:10
May 30, 2019
Legacy, Lessons and the Future of Calvary Chapel Missions in Eastern Europe
In this episode, Kellen Criswell talks with Pastor Phil Metzger about the history and future of missions in Eastern Europe, and some specific lessons from his involvement that can benefit modern missions in both the global and local-church context.
01:02:45
May 03, 2019
Preaching Essentials…(or things I’ve just always wanted to ask David Guzik about preaching)
In this episode, Kellen Criswell, Director of CGN, and Pastor and Bible Commentator, David Guzik, discuss important issues related to the theory and practice of biblical preaching. Their conversation covers important questions, including: What is Spirit-empowered preaching? What is Christ-centered preaching? How should we understand what the apostle meant by, “the whole counsel of God?” What are common preaching pitfalls for new preachers and more experienced preachers?
57:05
April 24, 2019
Calvary Chapel: Seminary & Anti-intellectualism
“In this episode Brian Brodersen and Kellen Criswell discuss the past and present of Calvary Chapel on formal ministry training and education. Important questions tackled in their conversation include: - Why has Calvary Chapel often been labeled ‘Anti-intellectual’? - Why are many Calvary Chapel leaders today experiencing new openness to using theological seminaries for part of their ministry preparation? - Why are the flagship Calvary Chapel Bible Colleges in Europe and North America pursuing formal accreditation? - What do these changes mean (and not mean) regarding Calvary Chapel’s historic commitment to the idea that formal education is not a necessary prerequisite for serving in ministry leadership?”
51:33
April 04, 2019
Mission Theology and Church Planting Methods with Dr. Ed Stetzer
In this episode, Kellen Criswell, Director of CGN, discusses topics in Mission Theology and Church Planting Methods with Dr. Ed Stetzer.
45:11
January 22, 2019
European Missions & the Need for New Churches & Leaders
Pastors Brian Brodersen and Richard Cimino discuss the current state of missions in Europe, their experiences planting churches, and the exciting opportunities and needs for new church planters, pastors, and leaders.
47:31
October 10, 2018
Women in Church Leadership
What does the Bible say about women in church leadership? In this episode, listen to Dr. Gerry Breshears on pursuing biblical faithfulness and humility in developing your understanding and ministry practice on this timely issue.
35:21
July 12, 2018
Dr. Gerry Breshears on applying the gospel practically and learning when to divide from differing Christian ministries
In this episode, Kellen Criswell sits down with Dr. Gerry Breshears from Western Seminary to discuss practical applications of the Gospel message, and processing when to partner with, and when to divide from other Christian ministries.
42:34
June 14, 2018
Digging deeper into the Vision & Mission of Calvary Global Network
In this episode, Kellen Criswell, Director of CGN, breaks down the Vision, Mission, and Initiatives of Calvary Global Network.
33:53
June 01, 2018
What is the Calvary Global Network?
In this episode, Kellen Criswell, Director of CGN, sits down with President and Founder of CGN, Pastor Brian Brodersen, to discuss Pastor Brian's vision and heart behind starting the Calvary Global Network.
38:17
May 16, 2018