Calvary can be described as a "Three Streams, One River" church. We are formed by, and seek to live out the values of, three great movements within Christianity:
The Evangelical (or reformed) stream
This stream emphasizes the supreme authority of the Holy Scriptures in faith and life, and the necessity of personal conversion and biblical discipleship. We share its focus on the centrality of the cross of Christ, his atoning death as a substitution for us, and the truth of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. We also share its commitment to mission and evangelism.
The Charismatic (or pentecostal) stream
This stream emphasizes the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the individual believer and the Church. It upholds the role of every believer who serves from a place within the five-fold ministries of Ephesians 4:11, empowered with spiritual gifts (such as healing, wisdom, faith) all for the building up of the church.
The Sacramental (or catholic) stream
This stream emphasizes the role of the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist (Communion, the Lord’s Supper) in mediating the grace of God. It recognizes that the Holy Spirit has been at work in the church for over 2000 years, giving us a deposit of orthodox faith for our benefit and learning.
We believe that these three great streams ought not to be separated; that together they are greater than the sum of their parts. They form a mighty river - a fuller expression of the body of Christ on earth, the Church.