The story of the City Chapel Stuttgart linked with the story of the Calvary Chapel movement. It has its start at the end of the Sixties in a small chapel in Costa Mesa, California called “Calvary Chapel.” Pastor Chuck Smith was very concerned about the many youth, who, at that time, had no more hope and sought escape from materialism in the hippie movement. But for many young people, this escape ended in drugs and sects. Chuck Smith and his wife Kay spent a lot of time with these people, by telling the hippies of Jesus’ love and exemplified it in their own lives. New converts and seekers joined the circle. At their gatherings, they praised Jesus with songs, the majority of which they wrote and composed themselves, after which Chuck Smith taught them about consecutive sections of the Bible. More and more people joined them, resulting in explosive growth. Many of the former hippies went back to their hometowns and founded their own churches based on the example of Pastor Chuck Smith and usually named them after the church in Costa Mesa: “Calvary Chapel.” Today there are well more than 1,000 Calvary Chapels worldwide. Meanwhile, there are also several Calvary Chapel churches in Germany. Pastor Roland Krumm and his wife Sarah joined the Calvary Chapel in Siegen after their seminary and church service in Switzerland. Roland was employed there as pastor for four years, before he was ordained as a Calvary Chapel Pastor within the framework of the Calvary Chapel Association.
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In December 1999, Roland and Sarah Krumm founded the City Chapel in Stuttgart with the goal of reaching the many thousands of people who have no connection to the church as an institution, but also for christians without a spiritual home. For this purpose, they went out onto the streets from the beginning, to speak to people about faith and, in the course of time, experienced new people coming from outside. They were also joined by christians without a real spiritual home, either because of a move or others, who had not been connected to a church for multiple years. In this way, continuous growth materialized and brought the extension to other regions of Stuttgart.
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