Well let me tell you what happened in just such a case. Chuck Smith is the founding pastor of the first Calvary Chapel and his church is located in Costa Mesa, CA. He has a son, Chuck Smith, Jr. who is also a pastor and was so of a church Calvary Chapel, San Juan Capistrano in California. Jr. led his church into the emergent church movement. Sr. promptly addressed the situation with Jr. and Jr. wouldn't budge from it. They parted ways and that church in San Juan is no longer part of Calvary Chapel. I think that says it all.
Originally Posted by RandallB
I will say that it was a very painful time in our church because of this. We felt we were losing a dear family member (and we were). Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa, CA was my church before I moved out of California. I know the Calvary Chapel way very well. And if there are churches out there that are diverting from the established distinctives they will be dealt with.
There is a very good reason why the Calvary Chapel movement has grown largely all over the world--because they carry sound Biblical teaching. The Word of God is first and foremost and that is the focus (along with evangelism). In my opinion that is a win-win situation.
And Misty--you might try sending an e-mail to Chuck Smith, Sr's church and let them know what is going on. Perhaps they are already addressing it, but the end result of that has not been made public yet. They take things like this very seriously. And that is quite correct-divert from the distinctives and you cannot use the name.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12 NIV)