To see Bible-teaching, Spirit-led churches planted throughout our region and the world as we focus on discipling and training men who are working out their calling toward planting churches.

Program Model

Rather than a traditional class-based model, we will utilize an immersion-based curriculum to equip men for the planting of new churches.

Our curriculum will build on previous traditional, foundational Bible-based study that each member of the program should have already obtained. Exceptions may be made in rare circumstances for equivalent ministry experience.

Program Timeline: September 2017 through March 2018


We will be working through monthly modules (that we call “Pillars”) that will cover all facets of what is involved in the planting of new churches.

Pillars of Study

(Monthly modules with complete immersion in one subject)


  • Ministry of the Spirit: Creating a Spirit-driven church (September)
  • Ministry to God: Seeking and loving God BEFORE ministry (October)
  • Ministry to Self & Family: Health and balance in personal life (November)
  • Ministry to the Body: What your church plant could look like (December)
  • Ministry to the World: Creating a local church with an outreach mentality (January)
  • Ministry of the Word: Honing your preaching skills (February)
  • Ministry of Church Planting: All the practical info and choosing a city! (March)

Immersion Based Courses

We anticipate that our program participants will be working during the day.  We have tailored the program to run Sunday through Thursday with Sunday being a full day of gaining ministry experience and then early morning or evening instruction time with Pastor Geoff Monday through Thursday.  Participants will also attend some of the important meetings of Calvary Monterey.

Below is an example of what a week could look like:

Sundays:  Serve in various areas of ministry throughout the morning (8am-2:30pm)

Mondays: Class 6:30am-8:30am or 6:30pm-8:30pm
                  Or attend Regeneration (Recovery Meeting) 7-9 pm

Tuesdays: Class 6:30am-8:30am or 6:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesdays: Class 6:30am-8:30am or 6:30pm-8:30pm
                        Or attend Lifegroup/Lifechurch 6:30pm-8:30pm

Thursdays: Class 6:30am-8:30am or 6:30pm-8:30pm
                    Or attend College Bible Study 7pm-9pm

Pastor Geoff will also be available to students and their families for individual ministry and mentorship. For men available during the day optional/deeper lunch meetings for mentoring will be available.

Opportunities to teach in Middle School, High School, College Bible Study, and recovery meetings will be made available.



Application Process

  • Study the online information
  • Submit online application by July 1st, 2017
  • Phone interview
  • Visit Calvary Monterey and CCPP
  • Decision to attend, submit $500 deposit
  • Acceptance by CCPP

Cost: $1500

  • $500 deposit is due upon acceptance to CCPP
  • $500 due by Nov 15th
  • $500 due by Feb 29th
  • An additional $250 will be needed for purchase of books



Due to the high cost of housing in Monterey, we will attempt to provide free or discount housing through members of Calvary Monterey.
If we cannot provide housing for you, tuition will be waived.

(Note: Average monthly rent for a studio or 1 bedroom apt in the Monterey area is around $1,200 and a 2- bedroom apartment ranges between $1,200-$1,500)




What Kind of Man Should Become a Church Planter?

A man...


Whose wife (if married) is in agreement

Whose family & finances are in order

With a clear call to reach the world

  • Acts 13:47  For thus the Lord has commanded us, saying, “I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.”        

Willing to be bi-vocational & hardworking

  • Acts 20:24  You know these hands ministered to my needs and to those who were with me

Who can interrupt life for mentoring and training

  •  Acts 19:9 Paul withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus

With a consuming burden for the lost and for God’s people

  • Romans 9:1-3 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart … for my brothers the Jews
  • Romans 10:1 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer… is that they might be saved
  • 2 Cor.  11:28-29 The daily pressure of concern for all the churches

Who is recommended by his pastor

  • Acts 16:1-2 Timothy was well-spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium



Pastor Geoff Buck

Having planted, pastored, and served in several different churches throughout the country over the course of his pastoral ministry, Pastor Geoff Buck will be leading this program. He is currently pouring into an unofficial network of over 15 churches and pastors that we have a desire to minister to and come alongside. He also personally pours into and supports Pastor Nate Holdridge here at Calvary Monterey on a weekly basis. Let him do that for you as you work out the call of potentially planting a church!


Interested? Let’s start a conversation!

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Adapted from The Gospel Coalition’s Confessional Statement

1. The Tri-une God
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in his love and in his holiness. He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration. Immortal and eternal, he perfectly and exhaustively knows the end from the beginning, sustains and sovereignly rules over all things, and providentially brings about his eternal good purposes to redeem a people for himself and restore his fallen creation, to the praise of his glorious grace.

2. Revelation
God has graciously disclosed his existence and power in the created order, and has supremely revealed himself to fallen human beings in the person of his Son, the incarnate Word. Moreover, this God is a speaking God who by his Spirit has graciously disclosed himself in human words: we believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which both record and reveal His saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the verbally inspired Word of God, which is utterly authoritative and without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks. We confess that both our finitude and our sinfulness preclude the possibility of knowing God’s truth exhaustively, but we affirm that, enlightened by the Spirit of God, we can know God’s revealed truth truly. The Bible is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it teaches; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; and trusted, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises. As God’s people hear, believe, and do the Word, they are equipped as disciples of Christ and witnesses to the gospel.

3. Creation of Humanity
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good, serving as God’s agents to care for, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker. Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church. In God’s wise purposes, men and women are not simply interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually enriching ways. God ordains that they assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church, the husband exercising headship in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her husband in a way that models the love of the church for her Lord. In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ and to be developed to their full potential in the manifold ministries of the people of God. The distinctive leadership role within the church given to qualified men is grounded in creation, fall, and redemption and must not be sidelined by appeals to cultural developments.

4. The Fall
We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessedness—for himself and all his progeny—by falling into sin through Satan’s temptation. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of their being (e.g., physically, mentally, volitionally, emotionally, spiritually) and condemned finally and irrevocably to death—apart from God’s own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the God under whose just and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to himself.

5. The Plan of God
We believe that from all eternity God, by His grace made provision for guilty sinners to be saved from every tribe and language and people and nation. We believe that God justifies and sanctifies those who have faith in Jesus, and that he will one day glorify them—all to the praise of his glorious grace. In love God commands and implores all people to repent and believe.

6. The Gospel
We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ—God’s very wisdom. Utter folly to the world, even though it is the power of God to those who are being saved, this good news is christological, centering on the cross and resurrection: the gospel is not proclaimed if Christ is not proclaimed, and the authentic Christ has not been proclaimed if his death and resurrection are not central (the message is: “Christ died for our sins . . . [and] was raised”). This good news is biblical (his death and resurrection are according to the Scriptures), theological and salvific (Christ died for our sins, to reconcile us to God), historical (if the saving events did not happen, our faith is worthless, we are still in our sins, and we are to be pitied more than all others), apostolic (the message was entrusted to and transmitted by the apostles, who were witnesses of these saving events), and intensely personal (where it is received, believed, and held firmly, individual persons are saved).

7. The Redemption of Christ
We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human: the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being, one Person in two natures. The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the miraculous agency of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. As the mediatorial King, he is seated at the right hand of God the Father, exercising in heaven and on earth all of God’s sovereignty, and is our High Priest and righteous Advocate. We believe that by his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute. He did this so that in him we might become the righteousness of God: on the cross he canceled sin, propitiated God, and, by bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved. Because God chose the lowly things of this world, the despised things, the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, no human being can ever boast before him—Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.

8. The Justification of Sinners
We believe that Christ, by his obedience and death, fully discharged the debt of all those who are justified. By his sacrifice, he bore in our stead the punishment due us for our sins, making a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God’s justice on our behalf. By his perfect obedience he satisfied the just demands of God on our behalf, since by faith alone that perfect obedience is credited to all who trust in Christ alone for their acceptance with God. Inasmuch as Christ was given by the Father for us, and his obedience and punishment were accepted in place of our own, freely and not for anything in us, this justification is solely of free grace, in order that both the exact justice and the rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners. We believe that a zeal for personal and public obedience flows from this free justification.

9. The Power of the Holy Spirit
We believe that this salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and, as the other Paraclete, is present with and in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by his powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, and in him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. By the Spirit's agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God's family; they participate in the divine nature and receive his sovereignly distributed gifts. The Holy Spirit is himself the down payment of the promised inheritance, and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

10. The Kingdom of God
We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant: the forgiveness of sins, the inward transformation that awakens a desire to glorify, trust, and obey God, and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed. Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace. Living as salt in a world that is decaying and light in a world that is dark, believers should neither withdraw into seclusion from the world, nor become indistinguishable from it: rather, we are to do good to the city, for all the glory and honor of the nations is to be offered up to the living God. Recognizing whose created order this is, and because we are citizens of God’s kingdom, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, doing good to all, especially to those who belong to the household of God. The kingdom of God is an invasive power that plunders Satan’s dark kingdom and regenerates and renovates through repentance and faith the lives of individuals rescued from that kingdom. It therefore inevitably establishes a new community of human life together under God.

11. God’s New People
We believe that God’s new covenant people make up the body of believers known as the church. This universal church is manifest in local churches of which Christ is the only Head; thus each “local church” is, in fact, the church, the household of God, the assembly of the living God, and the pillar and foundation of the truth. The church is the body of Christ, the apple of his eye, graven on his hands, and he has pledged himself to her forever. The church is distinguished by her gospel message, her sacred ordinances, her discipline, her great mission, and, above all, by her love for God, and by her members’ love for one another and for the world. Crucially, this gospel we cherish has both personal and corporate dimensions, neither of which may properly be overlooked. Christ Jesus is our peace: he has not only brought about peace with God, but also peace between alienated peoples. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both Jew and Gentile to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. The church serves as a sign of God’s future new world when its members live for the service of one another and their neighbors, rather than for self-focus. The church is the corporate dwelling place of God’s Spirit, and the continuing witness to God in the world.

12. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself. The former is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, the latter with ongoing covenant renewal. Together they are simultaneously God’s pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of his return and of the consummation of all things.

13. The Restoration of All Things
We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ with his holy angels, when he will exercise his role as final Judge, and his kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust—the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in hell, as our Lord himself taught, and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of him who sits on the throne and of the Lamb, in the new heaven and the new earth, the home of righteousness. On that day the church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering and triumph of Christ, all sin purged and its wretched effects forever banished. God will be all in all and his people will be enthralled by the immediacy of his ineffable holiness, and everything will be to the praise of his glorious grace.