CCSPC 14 Summary
That was Greg Laurie’s theme for the conference, but one that hung in the balance before the event began.
A few weeks ago in Philadelphia, Joe Focht and Don McClure tested their vision for the movement out on the pastors at the the Calvary Chapel East Coast Pastors Conference.
It was a vision of a return to old line, hard line, CC distinctives and a rejection of the “progressive” ways of the West Coast, particularly Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.
It was well received by most in attendance.
To be honest, this observer believed that they would be successful in taking the movement “back”…I expected a behind the scenes bloodletting with an “old” CC emerging from the war with McClure and Focht leading the way back to the 1970’s.
This would have led to some quiet and not so quiet departures from the movement as a whole.
That’s not what happened.
Brian Brodersen, Laurie, and the CCCM staff put on a tour de force of “new” ideas and a new openness combined with the familiar marks and faces of CC that simultaneously reassured traditionalists and excited those ready to move forward.
They did so…while letting the whole world watch.
If you knew what I know, you’d venture the possibility that The Holy Spirit moved in an unexpected and dramatic fashion in Santa Ana this week.
Alistair Begg presented the “new” at the conference closing…that being a willingness to fellowship and learn from those who are from other tribes.
Ricky Ryan then officiated over communion, an old guard guy who had been caught in the middle of the crossfire for a few months.
The issues we’ve discussed with Calvary Chapel in the past for so many years have not been resolved.
What happened this week is that those who have given an ear to reformers and critics in the past are in a much better position to effect change than at any time in the history of the movement.
That gives me hope.
I saw the Spirit move…that means our hope is sure.
We’ll talk more about all this next week…