10Q with Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale

10Q with Bob Coy

Bob Coy is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale, a Florida multi-site church with 3 campuses located in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and Plantation.


Year Began: 1985
Locations: 3
Weekend Services: 9
Attendance: 18,500
Staff: 720 :: 1/26 attendees
Volunteers: 4300 :: 1/4 attendees
Primary Audiences/Lifestyles Reached: People who’ve been broken and burned out by the empty promises of this world.


1Q = What values and beliefs unify Calvary Chapel‘s staff and drive their performance?

As a Church, we believe that it’s our mission to pick up where Jesus left off, which is the Great Commission to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). Everything that we do as a ministry must meet the criteria of making disciples. If it doesn’t, then we don’t do it.

2Q = What is Calvary Chapel’s chain of command from the senior pastor to the church volunteers?

As the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel, I’m supported by several (at this point 22) Assisting Pastors. Each of these Assisting Pastors oversees a team of support staff and key volunteers who actively implement the goals of their respective ministries. We also have a person on staff whose sole responsibility is to make sure that people who have a heart to volunteer are matched up with the ministries that would be best served by their spiritual and natural gifts.

3Q = For big decisions, what is Calvary Chapel’s decision making process?

Our leadership team firmly believes that there’s safety in the multitude of counselors (Proverbs 11:14), which is why all of our major decisions are taken to and made at our regularly scheduled pastoral and board meetings. If there’s difficulty in arriving at a consensus decision, then the decision is made to wait and pray until it becomes very clear which course of action we should take or not take.

4Q = How does Calvary Chapel market itself?

We want people to know that Calvary Chapel is an environment where people will be welcomed, loved, encouraged, valued, and instructed in and challenged by God’s Word. Above all, our church is a place where people can expect to find and cultivate an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

We communicate this through every creative means available to us from the latest advances in multi-media to rolling up our sleeves and meeting our community’s needs through various outreaches. We want to take advantage of the fact that we live in the information age by providing a strong virtual presence, but we also understand the importance of keeping things relational.

5Q = What is the most effective thing Calvary Chapel has done to reach people?

Generally speaking, preaching Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2), but specifically, we’ve experienced an exponential impact on our community through our Christmas Eve and Easter Services. Using a public venue like an arena or stadium gives us a great opportunity to get the gospel message to those who need to hear it. I’m always amazed at how God uses these celebrations in the lives of those who wouldn’t normally consider going to church.

6Q = What is your leadership style?

I pray that my leadership style is similar to Christ’s by being servant-based (John 13). In God’s economy, the greatest in the Kingdom is also the greatest servant (Matthew 20:27) and so I strive to wash as many feet as possible. Over the years, I believe that God has blessed this model by surrounding me with many others who are also servant-minded, which has enabled our ministry to grow and advance year after year.

7Q = Who has influenced you the most as a leader?

I have been blessed with many godly role models over the years. But without question, my understanding of God, His Word, and “doing church well” has been influenced by Pastor Chuck Smith more than any other single individual. He’s the man that I call “Pastor”.

8Q = What resources have had the biggest impact on how you do ministry?

I have a strong appreciation of the literary legacy left to us by the “stalwarts” of the faith; men like Charles Spurgeon, Matthew Henry, G. Campbell Morgan, Charles Finney, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, A.W. Tozer, and Henry Ironside. I’ve also reaped enormous benefits from more contemporary authors like Philip Yancey, Charles Stanley, Max Lucado, Charles Swindoll, Norman Geisler, Josh McDowell, James MacDonald, Lee Strobel, and Andy Stanley.

I’ve been greatly impacted by the various Calvary Chapel conferences that I’ve been privileged to take part in, as well as the times that I’ve spent at The Billy Graham Training Center.

As for the Internet, there’s so much out there that it’s difficult to single out any specific sites. But as a whole, it’s an invaluable tool for taking our society’s pulse and knowing what kind of questions the world is asking. In that sense, the Internet has had a tremendous impact on how I do ministry.

9Q = What is the greatest ministry lesson you have learned?

I’d have to list two here.  One is to keep the message of Christ and Him crucified front and center in all things (1 Corinthians 2:2), nothing else in this world has the power to change lives. The second is to remember that God desires to accomplish His work by the power of His Spirit. Kingdom business isn’t accomplished by man’s might or power, but it’s by His Holy Spirit who actively works in the lives of those who are surrendered and submitted to Him (Zechariah 4:6).

10Q = What is the best advice you have for church leaders?

As simplistic as it sounds, I can offer no better advice than what Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:33, to seek Him and His righteousness first, and then to entrust everything else in life (including the matters of ministry) to Him. A church leader who does that is a success in God’s eyes, which is all that really matters…everything else is up to Him.

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