Turning Point USA Faith (TPUSA Faith) kicked off its sold out Pastors Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, late Wednesday afternoon (May 24).
According to its website, the summit’s goal is to empower pastors in America to “stand boldly for righteousness in a world that desperately needs Jesus.” Those in attendance will be hearing from a mixture of pastors, subject matter experts, and leaders in the faith community “about the latest anti-biblical cultural topics of today and be equipped to speak biblical truth into them.”
Scheduled speakers include a long list of conservative men, women, athletes, artists, authors, and pastors. The lineup includes TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk, Rob McCoy, Dave Ramsey, Jentezen Franklin, Eric Metaxas, James Lindsay, Michael Knowles, Riley Gaines, Danny Gokey, Michael Chandler, Michael Oher, and John Amanchukwu, among others.
Over a thousand church leaders are attending this year’s TPUSA Faith Pastors Summit, twice as many as last year’s inaugural summit in San Diego, California.
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TPUSA Faith donors paid for registration and hotel accommodations for church leaders in attendance. A spokesperson told ChurchLeaders that donors invested money into these pastors and church leaders because they believe in the importance of encouraging pastors to boldly proclaim the truth of the gospel in their churches—which includes speaking out against ideologies that they say directly conflict with the teachings in the Bible, such as the LGBTQIA movement, critical race theory, and abortion.
Attendees have come from all over the country and represent many denominations, the spokesperson said, but they have one common goal: to serve Jesus.
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“We believe Jesus is the center of it all,” Kirk said during his opening address. “We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, and we want to spread Jesus to as many people as possible. So that’s the most important thing that we’re going to talk about these next couple of days.”
“The second most important thing is make sure we can do that first thing,” he continued. “To make sure that the church is never labeled non-essential again.”
Kirk shared that the most important decision of his life came in the fifth grade, when he made Jesus Christ his Lord and personal Savior. Growing up in church, Kirk said he was always told that “politics and faith” were incompatible and that Christians shouldn’t bring politics into the church.
“It’s dirty. it’s unclean…You could do the politics thing, but keep it away from the Bride of Christ,” he said of what he was raised to believe.