“Please repair your narcissism before you start loving your neighbor as yourself.” ― Charles F. Glassman
Matt Chandler exhibits his real character in this recording.
Christianity Today posted Wanted: Church Planters. Reward: $50,000.This is a story seemingly about the wonders of Matt Chandler. I want you to focus on the subtitle:
Q&A with Acts 29 president Matt Chandler on assessing narcissists, the challenge of COVID-19, and new opportunities for vibrant churches.
I was stunned. Matt Chandler assessing narcissists? Let me take you back.
- Matt Chandler is quite proud of the fact that “We” have 7,000 people attending the church and oodles of staff.” It seems like he wants you to know that he is the dudebro who makes this happen and you better be grateful.
- Listen to his rant. It is quite obvious that he is not someone who is willing to patiently listen to critique.
- My husband, overhearing this recording said “The guy needs Valium” in order to tone down his inner “jerk.”
- This is the guy who tried to discipline Karen Hinkley for leaving her child porn-loving husband and sent out a letter to all 6,000 members, spelling out why he was disciplining her. 6,000!
- This is the church that is getting sued by a person who was allegedly molested at a camp. Although the criminal charges have been dropped amidst controversy, the civil suit is going forward.
- Did Chandler inadvertently exhibit his true character on this recording?
- Do you really think his character has changed?
Chandler is so successful and smart that he can assess who is a narcissist.
Back to the Christianity Today article. What’s this about Chandler assessing narcissists? Daniel Silliman for CT asked Chandler:
I’m glad you brought up assessment. One of the things we’ve been thinking about at CT, especially with The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill podcast, is the challenge of assessing character and not just talent. How is Acts 29 assessing character?
We made a major shift several years ago. I want to say about seven or eight. We decided we didn’t want to plant a 22- or 23-year-old who hasn’t spent a significant amount of time working in a church under someone else. We want to plant a 28-year-old guy, a 31-year-old guy, 36-year-old guy more than a 22-year-old who thinks he’s going to fix evangelicalism and has a dynamic preaching gift. I think that’s how you get in trouble, when the dynamic gift trumps everything else.
Do they walk in humility? Are they willing to serve others? Do they have to be in the limelight? Do they have to be in control?
Since that shift has been made, we haven’t seen as much of a problem with narcissism.
Dee fell off her chair and scared all three pugs. I wondered what was so different about Chandler’s start in the ministry.
- How long did he word “UNDER” someone else?
- How old was he when he started in the ministry?
- Why is he different than those guys he is guarding the church from?
Chandler is just one of the dudebros he’s protecting you from.
According to Wikipedia:
- Chandler began to work in ministry when he was around 22.
- He accepted the job at his current church when he was 28.
- He got a degree in Bible from Hardin Simmons, a school that appears to have financial problems.
According to The Village Church:
- He started as a youth pastor before he went to college.
- It appears that he had no seminary training. Please correct me if I’m wrong. However, not to worry. John Piper partially formed his character…According to Wikipedia:
It is my opinion that Chandler has had absolutely no training in how to assess a narcissist. In fact, using his own parameters, we should be wary of him in the pulpit since it seems he may have started as a youth pastor as a teen. Listening to his rant, I wonder about him… He certainly wasn’t able to assess Anthony Moore. The Village Church reportedly wrote letters of recommendation for him. Christianity Today, recognizing the work of Todd Wilhelm of TWW, wrote: Beyond Cedarville: Why Do Pastors Keep Getting Rehired After Abuse?
CT spoke with four current and former Cedarville professors who said they knew Moore had made a “mistake” related to same-sex attraction and technology, based on White’s introduction and Moore’s own telling. Some assumed pornography or an online relationship. They had no idea that he had reportedly filmed a subordinate at his previous church in the shower. The revelation, detailed by multiple bloggers and journalists who focus on abuse in the church including Todd Wilhelm and Julie Roys, led to Moore’s firing on Thursday.
There is some controversy in which The Village Church claims they gave all information regarding Moore to Cedarville University. CU claims they did not get all of the information.TVC admits they kept aspects of the Moore situation from the church congregation.
Let me get this straight. Chandler jumped all over Hinkley, releasing all information about her supposed sin, yet kept mum about certain details of Moore. What a surprise.
Perhaps Chandler needs to first”assess” the log in his own eye.
PS I wish CT would give a clearer picture of those they feature. All have fallen short if you get what I mean.