This was year two of the Brian Brodersen era and his vision of the future of CC was on display, if not verbally articulated.
This years conference was open not just to senior pastors, but to assistant pastors and wives.
The speakers were not the usual aging Calvary Chapel glitterati, but a cross section of the greater movement.
The former stars were given cameo appearances, but the focus was on today…and the focus wasn’t about star power, but service.
The conference was once again live streamed so that anybody with a computer or online device could watch.
This is a radically different Calvary Chapel than the one Chuck Smith ran.
For that alone, we should all thank Brian Brodersen.
Some people won’t.
The divide between the old guard and the new one still exists and at this point the old still outnumbers the new.
However, when you bring in pastors wives you bring in another influential voice and the assistant pastors that were allowed to come now will be the senior pastors of the future.
It’s a excellent strategy.
Brodersen has done a remarkable job overseeing a transition not only of people, but of an entire era.
There were vestiges of the former era… the laughably weird “defense” of inerrancy by a guy from Masters Seminary reminded me of the worst of Chuck Missler.
For the most part, however, what I saw was an encouraging, (if at times awkward), transition into a new era where the best of what CC can be is the goal.
To me, the choice of Pete Nelson to close the conference was symbolic of who Brodersen is and what he’s willing to risk to accomplish what need be done.
Like Brodersen, Nelson was both a beneficiary and a victim of the old system and the old ways.
Both men were treated harshly by CC icons.
Both men have survived despite the worst the system could toss at them.
Brodersen risked the ire of the surviving icon by inviting Pete to speak, but he did it anyway.
Pete rewarded that risk with an excellent word to the pastors on service and humility.
It was as it should be…and as the future should be, as well.