Calvary Chapel: What Now?
When the Calvary Chapel faithful saw Rick Warren on the platform at the Chuck Smith memorial service my desk sounded like an eclectic jazz trio.
Why was he there, and why wasn’t (fill in the blank)?
Rumors flew that Warren had “crashed” the event as some thought that the only reasonable explanation.
I can report that Warren was there as an invited guest and as a political statement.
State funerals are as much about introducing the future as honoring the past…
That statement is basically that the wars are over…that Calvary Chapel is no longer going to be as identified with who they oppose as what they are for.
In a meeting held a couple of days after the service, it was also decided that there would be no more Calvinist/Reformed bashing.
Bryson wept…or he would have if he had been there.
CC, meet the greater Body of Christ…
The challenges in front of Calvary Chapel now are many and the answers hard to find.
The oversight “counsel” is too large and too divided to stay together for any length of time.
There will be splits…and they will be welcomed as those who want to hold to traditional Calvary “distinctives” don’t like and don’t fit in the new paradigm coming into focus.
Those on the “progressive” side seem willing to let the traditionalists leave rather than engage in contentious debates.
There is a leadership void…the people most qualified to lead the new movement aren’t interested as they have their own churches and ministries to deal with.
It’s too early in the process to see how all this will shake out in the long run.
For today, I’ve never heard my sources as excited about the future as they are now.
There is even talk about writing accountability measures into the affiliation process…though how those would be enforced is an issue, as always.
The former era is over and the future is filled with both possibilities and land mines.