Preview of the Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors Conference
That narrative says that the Calvary Chapel Association and it’s current leadership were the successors that Chuck Smith desired.
The narrative further says that all is well, the movement and it’s leaders are unified, and embodied in Joe Focht and Don McClure.
That narrative is not true, but it is what the rank and file want to hear.
Those who may question the truthfulness of this narrative have either been expunged already or are unwilling to risk expulsion for being “divisive’.
The reality is that there are at least three significant divisions within the movement, but two of them are so small as to be insignificant.
This is actually the second version of this conference, the beta version invited speakers from outside the movement other than Alistair Begg, but they were uninvited in favor of traditional CC pastors.
There is much I could write to further shed light on the political and ethical machinations which have taken place over the last year, but facts…and truth… are irrelevant at this point.
The vast majority of the pastors at this conference want reassured of the status quo and they will receive that in spades.
The vast majority of parishioners in Calvary Chapel are unaware of and uninterested in such things.
“Reform” is not on the agenda…there are few who believe it necessary.
To suggest otherwise would be divisive…and we know what happens to divisive people.