After viewing the live stream for approximately 10 minutes, the conference took a 15 minute break. At that time, the following message was broadcast on the live stream:
I did not realize that the Elephant Room "conversation" was being streamed live online for free. I still think that admission price is ridiculous, but if you'd like to watch online, click here.
Today, in the suburbs of Chicago, the Elephant Room conference will finally take place and everyone will, I guess, talk about "the elephant in the middle of the room." What is this elephant? I still really have no idea, but let's look at this conference a little more closely.
The first thing that has me slightly irked is the price for this conference. As you can see from the screenshot below, taken directly from the conference website, even if you are only attending a simulcast of the event, you still must pay upwards $129! I understand that conferences cost money to put on, but these prices are absolutely ridiculous.
Okay, so they are asking attendees to pay over $100 per ticket and the speakers won't even have spent time preparing their messages? And I'm sorry, but it's more than a "differing approach to ministry" that has some of us warning about some of these pastors. It's their willingness to compromise the Gospel in order to draw crowds. It's their focus on the "unchurched" and their failure to share the full truth of the Gospel with that unchurched crowd. I admit, I still have some hopes for this conference. I would love to see Matt Chandler stand up and deliver a one-two punch to the "Purpose Driven Popes of the Carolinas." I pray that God's Word is proclaimed fully and without compromise. Of course, unless I'm willing to pay the outlandish registration fee, I guess I'll never know...The Elephant Room will feature blunt conversations between seven influential pastors who share a common love for the Gospel but take differing approaches to ministry. No keynotes. No canned messages. These are "the conversations you never thought you'd hear."