Why do I encourage dialog with Calvary Chapel pastors?
The brand of churches named “Calvary Chapel” isn’t going away.
There are going to be good churches with the brand and bad churches with the same for the foreseeable future.
Their success will be solely determined by how many people in a local geographic area support them.
There is never going to be a central governing agency that can be “reformed”.
Independence is as important to these churches as any biblical doctrine.
Very soon, the singular authority that is in place in CC will be gone and the whole movement will shatter like an iPhone screen on concrete.
Change, “reform”, if you will, cannot be effected simply by demanding it happen… those demands have no power in free market religion.
It cannot be effected by an attitude of contempt toward every pastor with the brand.
The only path to reform is the same as in a Southern Baptist church or one of the multitude of other independent churches loosely affiliated under some brand.
One pastor at a time.
One congregant at a time.
Change in the free market church will only come when pastors are persuaded to insure accountability and congregants are educated in their biblical rights and responsibilities and the warning signs of abusive leadership.
Both will require relationship and communication.
We must have the ability to communicate in a way that we will be heard…we must appeal to conscience and biblical ethics with both pastor and pew.
It will not always be successful with those we speak to.
It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s a race that will be going on long after I’m gone.
That’s the course we set a few years ago.
In my estimation, it’s the only way to see positive change in any of the independent denominations and I truly want to see those changes.
Unless a law is broken or civil rights abused, these churches cannot be forced to do anything other than what they are.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…nobody can lead if there’s no one following, no one can survive in the arena of free market religion without supporters.
The entire church must desire to be healthy.
Do we mark those who abuse their authority and bring shame and pain on the Body of Christ?
Absolutely…we have and we will…but that can’t be all we do.
With patience and grace and fortitude we must keep speaking, keep dialoging, and keep praying.
I may be wrong, but it’s the path I believe the Lord has given me here to walk both publicly and privately.
You may choose to disagree, but this is how I’m going to do the works that have been set before me here.