Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Splits From Association, Citing Old Testament Prophet

Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa was founded over 50 years ago by Chuck Smith and was considered the “mother” church of the Calvary Chapel movement.

Brodersen, the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, says the pastors of the Calvary Chapel Association saw founder Smith as their common bond. Upon Smith’s death, many members had different visions of where the denomination should go. Thus, Costa Mesa split from the CCA and is now part of the Calvary Chapel Global Network. 

 

Calvary Chapel’s Chuck Smith’s son-in-law Brian Brodersen announced his resignation from the Calvary Chapel Association and founded a new association, the Calvary Chapel Global Network.

“‘Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?’ The implied answer is, no, they can’t,” Brodersen writes, citing the prophet Amos.

Brodersen, the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, says the pastors of the Calvary Chapel Association saw founder Smith as their common bond. Upon Smith’s death, many members had different visions of where the denomination should go.

Thus, Costa Mesa split from the CCA and is now part of the Calvary Chapel Global Network.

“Doctrinally we are all in agreement with a few minor differences on a few secondary issues. No one has, in any way, deviated from historic biblical doctrine, or from what might be called Calvary’s core values or from what we know as the Calvary Distinctives. Our areas of disagreement are NOT theological or doctrinal; they are more methodological and practical, yet they are real disagreements. These disagreements have not only hindered us from moving forward in the work of the kingdom of Christ, they have created confusion, contention and some division within the body of Christ,” Brodersen writes.

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