Cal Farley’s Christ-centered atmosphere is a cornerstone of our program philosophy and values. Those we serve come from many different faith backgrounds. Some have no exposure to faith in God at all. By presenting the gospel in its full integrity, with a spirit of loving patience, the hurting children at Cal Farley’s have room to ask their often frank, tough questions. We welcome these questions and their unique perspectives. At Cal Farley’s, we know that by following Christ’s example of humility, service and unconditional love, we create the conditions to allow true emotional and spiritual healing to begin.
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We believe it is important for our youth to hear the core Christian message in a warm, accepting environment. This simple belief statement is read aloud at the beginning of each week’s service.
Boys Ranch Chapel Belief Statement
Read aloud each Sunday morning in chapel.
We come together here each Sunday morning in the name of Jesus Christ. We are a colorful group. We represent different ages, different interests, and different backgrounds.
We represent different beliefs and different values — some of them are pretty good, and some of them maybe aren’t so good. One thing we know for sure: none of us here are perfect.
Many of us here have come to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We believe He died for our sins, was buried, and after three days rose again from the dead. We believe He ascended into heaven and generously poured out His Holy Spirit to fill the hearts of His believers. We believe His Holy Spirit is a very powerful and mysterious reality. And we believe that He will return again one day to bring salvation to those of us who are eagerly waiting for Him.
We are told that Jesus came to set us free. Many of us here believe that. We believe He came to set us free from every addiction. We believe He came to set us free from harmful relationships. We believe He came to set us free from the trap of unforgiveness — the grudges we harbor toward others, and the self-hatred we often have for ourselves.
Probably not everyone here has believed this Good News. Some resist. Others are reluctant, but perhaps curious. And yet all of us here, each week, are learning to respect each other as we share our laughter and our lives together. For that we are grateful.
Let us pray, (Our Father…)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cal Farley’s religious affiliation?
Cal Farley’s is interdenominational and is not affiliated with any church or religious sect.
What is the religious background of youth at your campuses?
Our youth come from a variety of religious backgrounds and beliefs and some with no background or faith experience. While many of the children in our care see God as a refuge from their difficulties, others bring hard questions about their life experiences. Cal Farley’s offers hurting children the room to ask their toughest questions and the opportunities to grow in their faith journey.
How does our Christ-centered approach manifest itself at Cal Farley’s?
Sunday morning activities include Sunday school for younger children and chapel services, which all of our youth attend. Mid-week home devotionals reinforce what is being taught in chapel each week. While attendance is required for these activities, additional voluntary opportunities exist for religious education and service.
Which version of the Bible does Cal Farley’s use in its teaching?
We use the New Living Translation Bible in our teachings.
Does Cal Farley’s celebrate Christmas?
Absolutely! The Christmas season is a special time of celebration at Cal Farley’s. But, we also recognize this time of year brings heartache for a number of our youth. Cal Farley’s caring, professional staff affords them the space to express their pain, and works to ensure they experience happier Christmases in our care.
Christ-centered through practice
Peer-led Sunday school
One of the basic tenets of the Christian faith is sharing it with others. At our Boys Ranch campus, older youth who embrace their faith have the chance to lead Sunday school for their younger peers. This not only deepens their faith, but reinforces the work Cal Farley’s does every day to teach our youth to build positive relationships with those around them.
Prayer rides offer our Boys Ranch residents an intimately personal way to connect with God, often for the first time in their lives. Led by chapel staff, prayer rides take youth on a silent horseback ride in the rugged landscape surrounding our flagship campus. Each ride culminates with a time of solitude, reflection and prayer.
At Cal Farley’s, the importance of serving others is a concept that’s as much a part of emotional healing as it is a part of religious faith. Our youth are encouraged to participate in group activities that involve serving those less fortunate than themselves. In so doing, they gain a new perspective on their own suffering and learn to identify with Christ’s example.