T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House has revealed the speakers lineup for his 2014 International Pastors and Leadership Conference organized under the theme of "Branching Out." Among the keynote speakers are Hillsong Church founder Brian C. Houston and Church of God in Christ Bishop Charles E. Blake, with the list of general session speakers including Bishop Jakes' wife, Serita Jakes and Bishop Vashti McKenzie of of the American Methodist Episcopal Church.
"This is an opportunity for pastors to hone their tools and skills. Coming from every direction, they are converging in Orlando," explains Jakes in an promotional video of the 2014 International Pastors and Leadership Conference (PLC).
"This is not a conference for people who are satisfied for the status quo, for people who want to be normal and fit in. This is for the radical, relentless leader who is ready to go where he has never gone before and do what she has never done before. It's a branching out opportunity."
In addition to Jakes, described as a "a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur" by his ministry, attendees will hear from Bishop Charles E. Blake, who leads the Church of God in Christ, Inc., a six-million member Pentecostal-Holiness denomination. Blake, who pastors 24,000 members at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, recently participated in an historic service with General Superintendent George O. Wood and other leaders of the Assemblies of God, which claims more than 66 million adherents worldwide.
Brian C. Houston, another powerhouse figure in Christian ministry, leads Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. The multi-site Pentecostal megachurch with branches in Europe, Africa and the U.S., welcomes about 30,000 worshippers weekly. Houston hosted Jakes just over the summer at Hillsong Conference in Sydney, along with Pastors Rick Warren (via live video), Craig Groeschel, Judah Smith and Joel and Victoria Osteen.
Other speakers participating in the 2014 International Pastors and Leadership Conference include Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Apostle Frederick K.C. Price, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, Bishop Alfred Owens, Dr. Cynthia James, Pastor Andy Thompson and Dr. Samuel Chand.
More information about the conference, scheduled for March 6-8 in Orlando, Fla., can be found online: http://pastorsandleaders.org.