What was unspoken was that he was announcing that the Calvary Chapel brand was no longer sufficient to contain and support him because it had been diminished through split, scandal, and endless internal bickering.
It was also, I believe, the final split from the hold that Chuck Smith had on Laurie and that still grips many in the group with.
Nobody felt that grip to the degree that Brian Brodersen has and he too has now finally found release from it.
This conference has been all about the present and the future, not the past.
It’s taken a few years after Smith’s death, but the split from him and the split in Calvary Chapel is now final for this group.
While many of the unspoken rules have been jettisoned, what remains is Smith’s original legacy of freedom in the Holy Spirit to follow God where He leads.
Brodersen’s rambling introductory talk didn’t set the tone of the conference and throw the last shovel of dirt on yesterday, but Greg Opean’s did.
He honored the past and it’s leaders, but also spoke of moving forward in unity not just with fellow CC’s but with people from other traditions who are invested in bringing the Gospel.
That is the mindset of virtually everyone I’ve talked with who attended this conference.
There is a freedom in worship and a freedom in the Holy Spirit that has been quenched in years past.
There is an openness to learning from others and cooperating where possible while still being uniquely Calvary Chapel, or now, Calvary Global Network.
Ironically, this atmosphere is more like how it was in the early days…Chuck might have been proud of what his bickering kids did this week…