Evangelical pastor Rick Warren has offered to open the campus of his California megachurch to conservative Anglicans who have broken with the Episcopal Church.
Warren, a best-selling author and prominent preacher, wrote to 30 Anglican leaders on January 9, two days after California’s Supreme Court ruled that Episcopal churches that break with their denomination are not entitled to keep church property.
“We stand in solidarity with them,” Warren wrote in an e-mail posted online by Christianity Today, “and with all orthodox, evangelical Anglicans. I offer the campus of Saddleback Church to any Anglican congregation who need a place to meet, or if you want to plant a new congregation in south Orange County.”
Warren’s letter was intended to be private, said spokesperson Kristin Cole. She said she did not know if any Anglicans have taken Warren up on his offer.