Matt Chandler to Join Mark Driscoll and Eric Metaxas at Theos Conference with ’40+ Geniuses’

L: Matt Chandler speaks in a video ad posted March 7, 2022. YouTube / @The Village Church – Flower Mound. C: Mark Driscoll speaks in a post on April 28, 2022. YouTube / @Real Faith by Mark Driscoll. A: Eric Metaxas speaking to attendees at the 2021 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The upcoming Theos 2022 conference, which promises “No wishy washy woke BS,” features dozens of pastors and speakers, some of them controversial.

“Spirit & Truth” is the theme of this year’s conference, which takes place online May 11-13. Free to watch live, it’s billed as “an educational conference with more PhDs and gray hair than Air Jordans.” Viewers are promised “the best talk of your life with over 40 geniuses you haven’t even heard of yet, and then a bunch you have.”

The annual conference is sponsored by Theos U, a subscription service that provides Christians with “digestible lectures” on a variety of theology topics. Theos U co-founder Nathan Finochio was previously on staff at Hillsong New York with Carl Lentz. In March, a Theos retreat provided ministry leaders with three days “to receive theological and spiritual teachings from some of the best pastors, teachers and worship leaders in the world. Literally the best.

Matt Chandler One of the keynote speakers

The Theos Conference keynote speaker, Pastor Matt Chandler, directs The Village Church in North Texas as well as the Acts 29 Church Planting Network. Gospel”.

Chandler is the author of several books, including “To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain” and “The Explicit Gospel”. His most recent is “Family Discipleship,” co-written with Adam Griffin, focuses on helping parents pursue gospel-centered discipleship with their children. Chandler appeared on the Stetzer Church Leaders Podcast in August to share his thoughts on how pastors can lead their churches in a time when people are extremely divided. One of the points Chandler emphasized was the need for pastors to spend time alone with Jesus.

“I’m telling you what The Village Church and Acts 29 expect of me,” Chandler said. “It is my heart fully satisfied and alive in Christ Jesus, that I may be the courageous man God has called me to be and courageously lead, knowing that I will be put, have been put, and continue to be. being put in situations where I just can’t win with half the crowd.

Chandler has faced controversy in the past. In 2019, a woman claimed that a Ministry of Children’s staff member in The village church had sexually abused his daughter seven years ago at the camp. Chandler and other executives have come under scrutiny for their response to the allegation, and a A million dollar lawsuit against the church continues to make its way through the justice system.

Mark Driscoll Among Other Theos Conference Speakers

Eric Metaxas, a conservative radio host who is being sued for making allegations of voter fraud, is part of Theos conference programming. His presentation, scheduled for Friday, May 13, is entitled “Is Atheism Dead? Another scheduled speaker is Landon Macdonaldson of james macdonald, the disgraced former pastor of Chicago-area Harvest Bible Chapel. The title of his May 13 speech is “Gratitude.”

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Marc Driscoll, now pastor of Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, and one of the co-founders of Acts 29, is also present at the conference. In 2014, Driscoll resigned from Mars Hillthe Seattle megachurch he founded, rather than face an elder-led restoration process.

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