A California church has taken the term ‘the church without walls’ literally, seeing almost 1,000 people baptized last Sunday.
Calvary Chapel Church in Chino Hills, pastored by Jack Hibbs, held an outdoor baptism service last Sunday
According to CBN News, Church Director Gina Gleason said, “California may be experiencing a spiritual revival. It’s remarkable and a significant number.”
Gleason told CBN that the typical number of candidates for baptism is 300 but Saturday saw over three times that.
Recently, a group called Saturate OC ran an outdoor church service in the same area. Prompted by California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to ban indoor singing and chanting in places of worship, a Bethel Music worship leader and an Orange County outreach ministry leader have proclaimed that “the Church has left the building.”
“In the face of the virus and racial unrest, God has an answer of his people moving in radical love and unity,” said Sean Feucht, who recently led a crowd of nearly 1,000 in worship song facing the ocean in the city of Huntington Beach, “and maybe we can’t meet in buildings but we can meet on the beach. We can go to the bridge. We’re going to meet in parks. We’re not restricted to the four walls. We can still be the church even if we’re not in our buildings.”