Yes. There are guidelines for all potential pastors and church planters. Go to www.calvarychapel.com and look it up. You can always look up Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa, CA, which is pastored by Chuck Smith, Sr. and who is the founding pastor of the CC movement. He is my old pastor. I sat under him for a long enough time to where I got to see just where he stood on many issues. And emergent church, purpose driven church stuff doesn't fly. As a matter of fact, before I came to CC Costa Mesa, I came to the Lord at Saddleback Church, which is Rick Warren's church. And I was only there a year before the Lord moved me out of there. What I got to see is how that church operated--(many spiritually starving people there). And I remember telling some of the associate pastors I was going to be moving and was going to go to his church. They scoffed under their breaths with comments like, "Ah yes--Pastor Chuck." I didn't understand what they meant at the time. I was too new of a believer and very hungry for the truth of the Word. But after a short time at Calvary I got what they meant--they scoffed at him because he was not "purpose driven." He was an expository preacher/teacher and was into one translation and the truth of the Word. Warren's church is into topical teaching (which is fine), but fill-ins on a sheet of paper handed out each sermon and six or seven translations used to get his point across. Absolutely confusing to a new believer...
Originally Posted by RandallB
As for using the CC name and their trademark? Nope. Gotta follow the guidelines or you can't use the name. Chuck Smith's own son had a church in San Juan Capistrano, CA and decided to follow the emergent church movement. Dad and son had a falling out over this and son went on his way. No use of name. So if it's good enough for the son to have to move on, you can bet it's that way for anyone else.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12 NIV)