To reach and teach through bringing performances of God’s Word to any who want to hear it
Our desire is to bring what we do to everyone: the Christian, the skeptic, the agnostic, the atheist, and the devout follower of another religion. This means bringing these performances everywhere, not just churches, schools, and campus ministries, but also theatres, parks, breweries, coffee shops, and anywhere else outside-the-box. Basically, we want to be anywhere where we can promote safe and thoughtful discussion centered on God and His Word. That's why we are support based, so money is never an obstacle for a potential venue. In our divisive culture, art is a gift God has given us that bridges gaps, opens doors, and challenges us, and that's what we want TheaTheos to do.
The depth and beauty of God’s Word is an amazing gift that God has given us.
It is the greatest of literature, where God speaks to us through a wealth of genres, whether it be narrative, poetry, proverb, letter or something else.
How often do we allow ourselves to be washed over by that Word through experiencing large excerpts or entire books all at one time in one sitting? When we read from the gospels or one of Paul’s epistles, are we doing this thinking about the fact that original audiences heard and reflected on the entire work all at once?
Through the performance of Scripture, we give the believer and nonbeliever the chance to hear and experience God’s Word in a fresh way. Large sections are received and reflected on together as a community. The beauty and structure of the Bible comes alive in a way that’s new to the hearer, but not too dissimilar from the way early Christians heard it. The power of the Word reveals itself in a unique way to both lifelong Christians as well as those who might be hearing the gospel for the first time.
By presenting Scripture through art, we spark discussion. Art must be processed and the primary way to do that is in community. Questions must be addressed. What does this mean? Who is this Jesus? What is grace? How can I have a real relationship with God? How can a holy God love us this much? The desire of TheaTheos is to present Scripture in environments where subsequent discussion will lead and point people to Christ.
What's in a Name?
TheaTheos is not a word we hear thrown around a lot in English, so where does it come from? The answer is both somewhere and nowhere. In the somewhere sense, it is derived from two greek words:
- θεα (thea) - this is a shortening of θεατρο (theatro), the Greek word where we derive the English word "theatre"
- θεος (theos) - this is the Greek word for "God"
In the nowhere sense, it is a made-up mashup of these two words (θεαθεος). The name is not meant to be directly translated as "Theatre of God," but is meant to express our desire to honor God and minister to others through the gift of theatre that He has given us.