Bishop T.D. Jakes of the 30,000-member Dallas, Texas megachurch The Potter's House is hosting the 20th anniversary of his popular women's conference "Woman, Thou Art Loosed!" which is expected to bring together more than 25,000 women from all over the world.
The event will take place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta on October 4-6, 2012, and will feature several prominent church speakers besides Jakes, including his wife, First Lady Serita Jakes, Pastor Sheryl Brady, the campus pastor of The Potter's House of North Dallas, best-selling author and speaker Dr. Cindy Trimm of Trimm International, and Pastor Paula White, one of the most popular women preachers in America.
The annual three-day conference will feature discussion on women's role in society, and will teach women "how they can use their strengths, gifts and abilities to overcome any obstacle to transform their lives in a positive and exciting way," a press release states. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes is a jack of all trades and is recognized in all of them. He is known as the senior pastor of the 30,000-member Dallas-based church, The Potter's House, the New York Times best-selling author of Let It Go, the producer of the hit comedy "Jumping the Broom," and the founder of a Grammy award-winning Dexterity Sounds label.
His diverse circle of friends reflects his wide-ranging career: Oprah Winfrey, President Obama, Pastor Paula White, Tyler Perry, and Chaka Khan. In the midst of it all, he still finds time to send love tweets to his wife and support relief efforts at his church.
Last week, Jakes was the guest of honor at a big celebration in Dallas to mark his 35th anniversary of ministry, 55th birthday, 30th wedding anniversary, and 15th anniversary of The Potter's House. more >>
DALLAS — Bishop T.D. Jakes celebrated his 35th anniversary of ministry Friday with surprise tributes from Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Pastor Paula White and Chaka Khan at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. Celebrities and Christian leaders honored the black minister as a "spiritual leader" and "prophetic voice."
Oprah Winfrey was the first major surprise guest of the "Triumphant Journey" event celebrating Jakes' service as a pastor, family man, global leader, author and his work in entertainment. The details of the program were kept secret so that the Potter's House founding pastor wouldn't know who would be appearing.
During her tribute, Oprah described Bishop Jakes as a one-of-a-kind person, saying she grew up in the church since she was 8 but had never encountered someone like Bishop Jakes in all her life. more >>
DALLAS – A black-tie gala featuring a surprise star-studded guest list will be held Friday night to celebrate Bishop T.D. Jakes' 35th anniversary of ministry service. The event titled "Triumphant Journey" will be held at the AT&T Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas.
The details of the event have been shrouded in secrecy as a surprise for Bishop Jakes, senior pastor of the megachurch The Potter's House and founder of the faith-based entertainment company TDJ Entreprises, which produced the hit 2011 movie "Jumping the Broom."
Organizers of the event told The Christian Post that the famed black preacher will have no idea of what to expect, including the list of speakers, presenters and performers. Naturally, all the special guests will be those who have worked with the pastor over the past three decades in the areas of church, humanitarian efforts and entertainment. more >>
Christian leaders and their ministries are some of the most popular Twitter users – not in terms of followers, but in how many times their messages are forwarded to others. Tweets from influential voices like Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and T.D. Jakes do better even with less followers than celebrities like Justin Bieber.
The average number of reactions to ministers' often positive messages is staggering, especially when compared to entertainers like Lady Gaga. Joyce Meyer topped the list, with 170 reactions per every 50,000 followers. Joel Osteen came in a close second with 147 mentions, followed by Max Lucado. On average, their tweets got 30 times as much attention, according to The New York Times.
The discovery came about when Twitter sent a senior executive, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, to investigate exactly why Christian leaders' followers were so engaged with the microblogging site, and to recruit more pastors and their ministries to join. more >>
When President Obama spoke at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication last year, he urged the nation to continue to press for the goals and hopes of the "black preacher with no official rank or title who somehow gave voice to our deepest dreams" and helped make the nation "more perfect." By announcing his support for same-sex marriage last week, President Obama is sincerely convinced that now he is helping to make the nation even more perfect.
Martin Luther King's dream was that "little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers." President Obama's dream seems to be that little black boys and little white boys will watch their teenage brothers go to prom together....and eventually enter into a legal marriage with one another. Did Martin Luther King have this dream for little black boys and little white boys?
In a 1958 letter published by Ebony magazine, King responded to a question from a boy who was struggling with homosexual feelings. King called the boy's feelings toward the same gender a "problem." He went on to tell the boy, "You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it." The civil rights leader knew the difference between skin color and sexual desires. more >>