Deitrick Haddon believes preachers such as Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Creflo Dollar and Bishop Paul S. Morton should open up their doors to the world of reality television.
Haddon, the 41-year-old gospel singer and minister who stars in and executive produces the hit Oxygen docu-series "Preachers of LA" recently finished the second season of the show. While it has received its fair share of critics, Haddon believes there should be more spinoffs where the public could get more personal access to the lives of mega-church pastors.
"The reason why 'Preachers of LA' is successful is because people want to see and people want to know about preachers. Open up your doors, Bishop Jakes, open up your doors, Creflo Dollar, open up your doors, Bishop Morton," Haddon said on HipHollywood.com. "Y'all real people, you want people to hear you preaching and talking every Sunday. They have the right to know the real you … bottom line." more >>
A new documentary takes a critical look at the evolution of the historical Black Church in America and puts megachurch pastors under a harsh spotlight, especially those who are treated like superstars and amass wealth from preaching a Gospel they might not necessarily adhere to.
The institution of the church is at the heart and soul of black America, for whom the church has been, among many things, an escape, a means of upward mobility and a celebratory community where its leaders are respected and members' humanity affirmed.
"Black churches are different for a variety of reasons. One, is the need to address the social, political, the cultural and economic ramifications of anti-black racism in the United States," explains Dr. Anthony Pinn, professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, in Black Church Inc. more >>
Pastor Creflo Dollar's World Changers International Church in Georgia has sent 3,000 boxes with everything needed for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the Atlanta area, as part of the "Thanksgiving Feeding Families" initiative.
"One of the best ways to express gratitude to God for what He has done for us is to serve others," Dollar said in a statement. "We commend the hundreds of volunteers and those who supported this ministry financially to make it possible for us to serve 3,000 families who need our help this Thanksgiving season."
"Some church volunteers chose to participate as a family as a hands-on servanthood lesson," added Minister Kenneth Terry, director of ministry affairs and outreach. "They arrived early Saturday morning, and many stayed for hours to interact with recipients." more >>
Pastor Creflo Dollar, who leads the nondenominational World Changers Church International based in College Park, Ga., remained on the Billboard's Gospel Albums chart for eight consecutive weeks, which Arrow Records described as a "landmark accomplishment."
S.E.R.M.O.N.S. SONGS Volume I peaked at #16 on the Gospel Albums chart, but has remained strong for eight weeks since its release earlier this year.
"My goal is to provide a unique experience for listeners to help empower their spiritual walk with Christ," Dollar explained about the goal of the CD. Arrow Records is planning S.E.R.M.O.N.S. SONGS, Volume II to be released this year. The different volumes will each focus on a specific theme affecting people's lives today, according to Praise Atlanta. more >>
They are probably the only vegetables that don't make children squirm … because they only talk, sing, dance and don't have to be eaten. Now, kids can add party to that list of things they can do with these vegetables.
The popular Christian children's animated series, VeggieTales, will be hosting a family party in honor of their 20 years of teaching valuable life lessons to children from a Christian perspective at the World Changers Church in College Park, Ga., on Saturday Mar. 30, and everyone is invited.
"Children of all ages will enjoy a high energy song and dance spectacular filled with classic silly songs like 'The Hairbrush Song,' 'His Cheeseburger,' 'I Love My Lips' and 'Song of Cebu'," note the organizers of the party in a recent media release. more >>
Megachurch prosperity preacher Creflo Dollar, pastor of World Changers Church International in Georgia, is bringing the gospel of change and a gift of $10,000 to one lucky community organization in each of the six new cities he will visit as a part of his 2013 Change experience.
According to a media release from the church, Dollar and his wife, Taffi, will embark on a six-city tour starting March 15 that will see them travelling from Connecticut to Florida, "preaching and teaching to those who are ready to take the first step toward living a life without worry."
The Dollars will be stopping in Hartford, Conn.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Columbus, Ohio; Shreveport, La.; North Charleston, S.C.; and Orlando, Fla. more >>