How Brian Brodersen Can Save The Calvary Chapel Movement
Sometime in the recent past, (but I know not when) the “What We Believe” section of the Calvary Global Network was edited.
The affirmation that the group was premillennial and pre-tribulational was changed to simply “premillennial”.
This seems to indicate that one of the core doctrines of the old Calvary Chapel is not required to be held if you wanted to affiliate with CGN.
This fact is causing no little consternation among those who were CC before the split and consider belief in a pre-tribulational Rapture a vital distinctive.
The other issue that the change raises is about who made it and why.
It was obviously made by Brodersen or with his approval without consulting the rank and file in the new “movement”.
This creates a “meet the new boss, same as the old boss ” scenario where Brodersen is acting via divine fiat just as his father in law once did.
It won’t work…it’s not working.
There are many Calvary Chapel pastors disenchanted with the leadership of the rival Calvary Chapel Association who would like to find a new home, but not if the same sort of leadership is modeled.
The CCA is led by men who have a very few years of “service” left and those behind them do not have the gravitas or “legitimacy via proximity to the late founder” to lead the association.
Brodersen needs to distinguish his group with a clear identity and focus if he’s to survive much longer.
Here’s what you do, Brian…ready?
You take time out of the upcoming pastors conference to hold elections.
You allow the pastors to nominate and vote on a board…with 2 year term limits.
You do something CC has never done…you treat pastors like adults and give them a say in governance, doctrine, and practice.
You do something similar to what the Southern Baptist Convention does…before more pastors just join the SBC.
You can name yourself eternal board chairman if you need to…but unless you give these pastors some skin in the game, the game is soon over.
Give these men a reason to be truly involved in the movement and you’ll grow and have a sustainable sect when you’re gone.
Refuse to do so and in ten years neither side of this split will matter at all in the bigger picture of American evangelicalism.
Now, I know you can’t do it this year, (because I’m the one that made the suggestion)…but you better do something soon.
If you do, you’ll save the movement and it’s legacy.