Rick Warren offers use of Saddleback campus to nearby church if necessary

St. James Anglican Church in Newport Beach, CA may be without a building soon.

They are trying to retain their building since their split from the US Episcopal Church over widening differences of biblical interpretations and the confirmation a few years back of the first openly gay Episcopal Bishop.

The Episcopal Diocese is suing St. James and two other Orange County churches for their property.

As it currently stands, St. James will need to appeal the current decision of the court, giving the property to the diocese.  If the appeal does not go through, the church will have to vacate the property soon.

Rick Warren has offered the Saddleback Campus in Lake Forest for the church to use temporarily if they are forced to leave.   The leader at St. James said “We are overwhelmed by his generosity.  It is an encouraging sign of support from Christians in the community.

QUESTION:  Would your church make a similar offer to help out a church in your area in a similar situation?  Why or why not?

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  • Robert Barnes May 9, 2013 Reply

    Interesting situation at our church, Dayspring Church in Spring Hill, FL came up last year. We have partnered with a church very different than us and they meet in our building on Sunday evenings. Providence EPC is a very contemporary, modern-feeling church plant that is in the larger Reformed tradition, is Presbyterian, but compared to Dayspring–it’s very different.

    Why? They needed space (outgrew small building they started in), they were good folks, and we believed we were so different we would not get in each other’s way.

    We are now partnering in missions, working on the church grounds together, and planning some joint advertising.

    This is far beyond what Rick Warren is offering, but it’s an example of how churches, without any detriments that we can see, can cooperate.

    I imagine that one of us will grow or shrink or something and one day, our partnership will no longer be as fruitful. Perhaps when Providence EPC moves from church plant to “real church” with it’s own officers they will move. Such is life under the sun. But in the meantime, it’s a delightful, unusual relationship and God is glorified.

  • Larry Dickey May 9, 2013 Reply

    We were in Nevada when a local church had a fire that destroyed the building. I offered the pastor the use of our building in the afternoon or evening. They used the building for over 18 months. We had tv crews coming in from Salt Lake City for a couple of weeks. We tried to tell these crews that this is not new in the Christian community. They were amazed.

  • James May 9, 2013 Reply

    I’m so very proud to say that the last two churches I minister in had this quality of heart.
    Tulare Community Church (RCA) has three churches worshipping on it’s campus.
    And Visalia First Presbyterian has had numerous churches using their facility to worship in through times of transition.
    There are good things out there happening. And I was blessed to see it and be a part of it.

  • Smatha May 9, 2013 Reply

    A Protestant church use of the bldg for worship that is demonstrably Christian seems good. Locally an extremely modern church allowed Muslims to do their Ramadan prayers, which would seem to qualify as Muslim worship in the multi use worship center. Many felt this was wrong, pagan worship and such….thoughts?

    • Rick May 10, 2013 Reply

      Sadly, Smatha, most Episcopal/Anglican congregations in California are of the “Anglo-Catholic” persuasion, and can be more Catholic in belief and practice than the Roman Church.

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