BOB COY MINISTRIES
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Pastor Bob of Bob Coy Ministries had a deep hunger for truth that triggered a great passion for reading, studying, and understanding the Bible.
For over twenty years, he has continued that personal study, finding meaning in every chapter and verse and matching it to every joy and pain that real life brings.
Pastor Bob is the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale is one of the largest Protestant evangelical churches in the United States.
According to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, it is the largest mega church in Florida, with approximately 18,000 worshippers attending on average.
Bob Coy Ministries was founded in 1985. In 1999, the church relocated into a 75 acre tract of land formerly owned by Harris Corporation, which now has a 3,700 seat sanctuary, and one of the most innovative Children's and Youth Ministries in the country, which includes a skateboard ramp park.
The church and congregants are also very involved in serving their fellow man. Of note is their 4Kids Ministry, which actively trains congregants to equip them to help alleviate the epidemic of orphan kids in Broward County.
It is estimated that through these efforts, they have housed and adopted several hundred kids to provide for them a safe environment. "CCFL" also allocates millions of dollars a year to help the poor and needy, both locally and around the world.
Calvary Christian Academy. This school has several hundred students from pre K-12 grade.
The church also offers two satellite church locations: one in Plantation, FL (14 miles away to the southwest), and the other in Boca Raton (15 miles away to the northeast). Combined, these two locations minister to over 1,500 on a weekly basis.
To meet the needs of a large, diverse congregation, CCFL has approximately 700 people on staff, besides senior pastor Bob Coy , there are 23 assistant pastors. One of the assistant pastors is Stephan Tchividjian, who is the oldest grandson of Billy Graham.
In May 2006, Bob Coy Ministries made nationwide news when it announced that they had raised over $100 million in pledges from their congregation to build much-needed facilities on the property; this is considered to be the most ever pledged by a church in America.
involving religious rights in 2003 when they sued the Broward County government for one dollar for not letting them display a sign that said "Jesus is the reason for the Season" at a holiday festival display held a local park.
CCFL's argument was that local businesses and organizations were allowed to put up displays, but Calvary was being discriminated because of the religious nature of the content.
The government's argument was their concern that the religious displays could potentially be a devise issue, considering that the event was held in a government-owned park.
Pastor Bob Coy has introduced guest speakers at CCFL such as Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Chuck Smith, Benjamin Netanyahu, Greg Laurie,
Besides the website calvaryftl.org, Pastor Bob also has a website called the active word at activeword.org.
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