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Jerusalem Project

The Jerusalem Project is a ministry of Calvary Church working to advance Christ’s church. Centered on Jesus’ promise that the Gospel would be carried from  Jerusalem to the four corners of the earth through the work of local churches (Matthew 28:16-20), the Jerusalem Project partners with established churches, trains church leaders and plants new churches.


The Jersualem Project has a new partnership with the United Christian Church of Dubai. The church’s pastoral internship program invites four men from the Middle East to learn by immersing themselves in the life of the church for nine months. The program equips these aspiring pastors and church leaders with education, training and ministry opportunities in the Middle East. The Jerusalem Project is sponsoring one national to receive church-based training in order to return to their country better able to lead a congregation. In addition, Calvary Church leaders will be able to participate in the training of all the residents. Please join us in praying that God will clearly identify the men for the program this year and remove any hurdles (visas, etc.) for them to begin in September.


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  • Text  “Jerusalem” and the amount you’d like to give to 616-294-0700
  • In Person  by designating an offering to the Jerusalem Project. Envelopes are available in the Sanctuary. You can also mail your gift to: PO Box 1600, Grand Rapids MI 49501


Contact Chris Snedeker to be added to our prayer list, emailed monthly.

What Does the Jerusalem Project Do?


The Jerusalem Project partners with local churches as we work together to reach communities with the gospel.


Thriving churches need mature, godly leaders. The Jerusalem Project provides training and resources to equip leaders to serve in a local church.


Planting new churches is a strategic way that the Jerusalem Project follows Christ’s mandate to take the gospel message to the world. 

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Calvary Church has a long history of partnering with local congregations, training church leaders and planting new churches.

Despite the good work that was accomplished it became evident that coordinating many of these initiatives might strengthen our efforts.

In 2018, the Jerusalem Project was created with three interconnected divisions that work together to advance Christ’s Church. The three divisions of the Jerusalem Project are:

  1. Partnering with established churches (Acts 18:18-23)
  2. Training church leaders (Acts 18:24-28)
  3. Planting new churches (Acts 18:1-17)

Motivation: Love

In 1 Thessalonians, Paul speaks about planting the church in Thessaloniki and he writes that he was motivated to serve them with the same love and intense longing that mothers and fathers have for their children. His focus was not on earthly accolades, but on the reward of seeing those believers on the day when Christ returns.

As the Jerusalem Project serves other churches, it is out of love for Christ and the desire to imitate Paul as he encouraged, comforted and urged the church at Thessaloniki “to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory” (I Thessalonians 2:12).

Mindset: Mercy

In Obadiah, God is angry with Edom because they did not help Judah even as Judah was being sent into captivity for their sins. In Lamentations, God both promises to punish Judah for their rebellion and reminds them that his mercies are new every morning, and that he will never reject his people forever.

As the Jerusalem Project comes alongside other churches, our mindset is to be merciful to them as God has been merciful to us. We realize God is calling us to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with [our] God” (Micah 6:8).

Mystery: The Church as God’s Dwelling Place

With the death and resurrection of Jesus, and the giving of the Holy Spirit, the church is the place where God dwells among his people by his Spirit. It is the place where the fulness of God is found.

This mystery is the foundational reason the Jerusalem Project focuses on the local church and the desire of our heart is Psalm 84, “How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you” (Psalm 84:1, 4).