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Calvary Lodi, formally Lodi Avenue Baptist Church, has roots that go all the way back to 1950 when it first became part of the Lodi Community in the Central Valley of California. Lodi Avenue Baptist Church has impacted and touched many lives over its history, but now it is at a crossroads in its outreach and effective ministry within the community. In light of this, Lodi – with united hearts – has seized the opportunity to replant with the Calvary Family of Churches. There is an incredible opportunity for God’s glory to continue to shine forth from Calvary Lodi by making Jesus Non-ignorable in Lodi and to the ends of the earth.
What Is Replanting?
Think of it like this… You were given a plant that was beautiful! Everyone that came to your house complimented you on its size, health, vibrance, and the fragrance was breath-taking. Now one day you noticed the plant was changing. It’s leaves were turning pale yellow and the plant looked slightly withered. You didn’t forget to water it. Maybe someone else watered it too much. Maybe it isn’t getting enough light. You love this plant and you will do whatever it takes to save it! If you don’t act now it is going to die! Quickly you get the plant into a pot where you can get back to the basics. You get good soil in the pot with some quality nutrients. You now can make sure it is getting ample sun shine and water. Deep green color starts to return to the leaves and its strength starts to return. It takes time but it is coming back!
Now replace the flower in a pot to a church in a community. This is “replanting.” There is nothing about a dying church that brings glory to God! As Christians, we need to lock arms and fight to stop the trend of the dying churches in our communities.
Calvary Church is passionate about doing just this thing! We are committed to building off the legacy of a church like Lodi Avenue Baptist Church and seeing God do an amazing work through His church in this community! In the analogy above regarding the plant, you didn’t hear it took loud music, smoke machines or a cool new building to make the plant come back to life. It was getting back to the basics of what the plant needed for health… good soil, fresh water and sun shine. It took a person that loves radically to save the plant.
How Can I Help?
We are in desperate need now of people like this! People that will love the community of Lodi through this new church being replanted out of Lodi Avenue Baptist Church. This new Calvary Church needs your prayers and potentially your involvement. Please join us to worship, connect, grow, and share the gospel boldly. Also, we would love to hear from you if you are being led to be a part of this church’s new core team. We would love to visit in more detail about how good soil, water and sunlight translates to bringing a church back to life. If you would like to visit, just connect with us through email to set up a time to talk.
During the transition time as we are worshiping Sundays at 9:30am, gathering a core team, and making the necessary preparations to launch this new church, Calvary Church Lodi will be functioning as a campus of Calvary Church – Englewood. You can learn more about Calvary Englewood and keep up to date HERE.