This all might mean something: Perhaps Reformation theology is just too specialized among the broader evangelical culture and therefore is not a "draw" in the land of mega-churches. Perhaps churches which are "Reformed" are too busy with their own denominational objectives that they don't have time to collaborate. Perhaps Reformed folks are completely overwhelmed with homeschooling all their children and writing all their books!
But something has happened recently in the OC -- in these 'dos-mil's!' There ARE a number of conservative Reformed/Presbyterian churches being planted in the county (of this stripe, there are): 3 (possibly 4) in Irvine, 1 in Anaheim, 1 in Newport, 1 in Orange, 1 in Yorba Linda, 1 forming in south county -- even a confessional Baptist plant in Orange. [Of course, they join some long existing churches in Aliso Creek, Costa Mesa, Orange, and Westminster... yet, all of this is contrasted with plenty of Reformed/Presbyterian Churches which have dissolved in these same areas -- some of their beautiful campuses becoming locations for mega-church minded ministries, or others on the verge of bankruptcy -- Most of these Reformed/Presbyterian churches won't even mention their denominational affiliation in their church name].
Despite this, there does seem to be some kind of resurgance of reformational theology in the broader evangelical culture. Wasn't it Time Magazine that claimed that Calvinism was a Top 10 Trend in our nation currently? There is some evidence that this could be true. Restless and Reformed evangelicals ARE now collaborating with one another. Affiliations such as 'Together for the Gospel' and 'The Gospel Coalition,' are making an impact. The "Truth Project," which embraces a Reformation world view for the transformation of culture is making inroads. Movements such as 'Sovereign Grace' and 'Acts 29' are becoming widely known. Preachers such as Begg, Driscol, Piper, Tchividjian (like it sounds), Washer, and others who have been branded as "Reformed" are actually popularly accepted.
So it's time to build on this movement! A movement that continues to look back at the Biblical categories established by the early church for worship, service, and evangelism. A movement that is clear about God's reign over mankind in all matters -- ESPECIALLY salvation. A movement that must reclaim the clarity of doctrine and distinctions championed at the Protestant Reformation -- because we have been wandering a bit here in the OC. And this kind of movement might even permit folks of different stripes to recognize others as being members of Christ's Kingdom!
It's time to acknowledge this current momentum and train church members to understand the nature of the church and bring reformation to the lives of many more in this truly blessed county!
Happy to hear your thoughts (especially on all those names and groups I butchered!)