To the Average Parishioner (non-leader) in Calvary Chapel

You may have recently seen some back and forth online about Calvary Chapel’s leadership conflict. And you may have noticed that two different groups were expressing opinions regarding the future of Calvary Chapel. And this may have been confusing or upsetting. To see leaders disagree and communicate their disagreements publicly can cause a person to become disillusioned. Unfortunately, it is a part of living in the digital age where information is widely available. 

You may have felt the pressure to pick a side or dig deeper into this situation. That is how we are wired in a democratic society with access to the internet. We often feel like we deserve to know all the facts and come to our own conclusions. 

But I don’t think that is the best decision. 

Rather than trying to make heads or tails out of this conflict I would strongly encourage you to trust the pastor in the church you are participating in. If he faithfully teaches you God’s Word and is a servant leader then you are safe to trust his decision in all of this. Pray for him. Ask him your questions and trust his leadership in the matter. 

This conflict is incidental and unimportant compared to your spiritual growth and calling. You have unsaved coworkers, family and neighbors who need to know Jesus. Getting to the bottom of this conflict will not lead to their salvation. Hopefully you are committed to a local church and you are serving with your gifts. 

Remember what Hebrews 13:17 says "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you."