Who Cares About The CGN Conference?
Monday I received an email from the Calvary Global Network announcing the date for their yearly conference.
In years past…now a few years past…that would have started a flood of emails pouring into my email box asking who the speakers were going to be.
They had to ask me, because the old, unified Calvary Chapel kept those names as secret as the Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe.
Some pastors, (not wanting to pay the conference fee without knowing who would be featured ) counted on me to inform them.
I’d dig around until I found out and publish those names for all.
The tradition of not announcing speakers has continued, along with noting the fee…$150.00.
This year…not a single email or message has inquired about the conference particulars.
It would be hyperbole to say that no one cares, but not far from the truth to say that most Calvary flavored pastors don’t.
Another indication of how far CGN is from the salad days of Calvary Chapel is the budget, which they have (commendably) published.
Total expenses for the organization were $430,125.00…$305,847.00 of which was payroll.
$322,270.00 of that total came out of the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa coffers…and they have already been bleeding money for years.
The push is on to make CGN self sustaining…which will be difficult even at this low level of funding.
Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa is no longer the mothership of a grand religious movement, but just another church with moderate attendance…but outrageous overhead.
The heavy hitters of the old Calvary Chapel are almost all affiliated with the Calvary Chapel Association.
As I’ve written more than once, the biggest problem is that CGN has failed to create a unique identity and purpose that would compel people to be a part of it.
This sort of identity crisis is hitting all of evangelicalism as attitudes toward churches are changing and the numbers of attendees declining.
You can’t sell a product without a purpose…and CGN has yet to make a compelling brand for this consumer driven church culture.