The Calvary Chapel movement started in the 1970s as an outgrowth of founder Chuck Smith’s ministry in the Jesus Movement. Smith had been a pastor in the charismatic Foursquare denomination, but he became fed up with denominational control. Today, there are more than a thousand Calvary Chapels worldwide, though Smith has remained opposed to forming an official denomination.
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