CCA Boots PFM
This was not a surprise as Don McClure had been (allegedly) contacting pastors who had booked the ministry and demanded that the engagements be cancelled.
The question before the house is still why this decision was made.
According to people who have read the letter, the reason given was that PFM’s style of ministry and discipleship was not compatible with that taught by Chuck Smith.
What does that mean?
(I call this playing the “Pastor Chuck card”…invoke the beloved founders name when you don’t have other ground to stand on…I digress…)
The scenario is made even stranger knowing that for many years Don McClure acted as a representative of PFM all over the country and overseas as well.
What changed recently to turn McClure against PFM to the degree that he had them disfellowshipped?
As is usually the case with Calvary Chapel, you must dig beneath the public statements to try to find the truth.
There have been claims made of “abuse” and some pastors have allegedly been given examples to back up the allegations.
When I tried to have one of the victims define and corroborate this, there was no response forthcoming.
A number of pastors contacted me directly to praise the work of PFM with stories of troubled youth turning around their lives under the IGNITE program.
Others have told me that Rozell is impulsive and can be authoritarian, but they don’t suspect abuse.
If there was some sort of real abuse was it reported to the authorities?
I can’t find any record of such.
If someone does know of something seriously wrong at PFM they owe it to the rest of the Body of Christ to clearly speak to the abuses so they can be stopped and victims spared.
Because of the vague nature of the disfellowshipping letter, other rumors are spreading.
There allegedly may be labor law violations in regard to “interns” working the “MudMan” burger sites and trucks.
Some believe that this is a personal financial dispute between the McClures and Rozell.
It could be all of the above or none of the above.
One thing is sure.
If it can be proven that CCA leaders gave any of the above reasons to other pastors in the association for the disfellowshipping, (and it can be), then the CCA just took legal liability for the whole affiliated association.
Chuck Smith disbanded the enforcement arm of Calvary Chapel and refused to deal with discipline issues for this very reason.
We’ll keep seeking the whole story…more to come…