A Texas megachurch overseen by Bishop T.D. Jakes has opened up a new campus three years after purchasing the location, which was once a shopping center.
With the sound of shofar, The Potter's House of Dallas held their first worship service on Sunday at the Fort Worth location, expanding the number of operating campuses for the church that boasts an estimated 30,000 members.
Patrick E. Winfield Jr., a pastor ordained in 1996 who is presently pursuing a doctorate in education from Dallas Baptist University, heads the newly operational campus, known as The Potter's House of Fort Worth. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes and wife Serita Jakes have made many public appearances together, but never on the cover of EBONY magazine. Now, the pair is sharing what makes their love work in a feature story for the February issue, along with couples DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good and Clifford "T.I" Harris and Tameka "Tiny" Harris.
Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, Texas, and his wife will be one of three couples showcasing black love on EBONY's multiple covers scheduled to hit newsstands on Jan 4. For one of the three diverse EBONY magazine covers, Mr. and Mrs. Jakes share how God united them in love.
The bishop gave some insight about the best way to keep a marriage thriving with hard work and privacy. more >>
Pastor Sheryl Brady recently spoke with The Christian Post about how Bishop T.D. Jakes impacted her life and helped her decide to take to the pulpit and lead a congregation. Brady was commissioned by Jakes to pastor The Potter's House of North Dallas less than two years ago. The church has grown from a few hundred congregants to a few thousand.
In her debut book released in the fall, You Have It In You!: Empowered to do the Impossible, Brady shares "her journey and those of others who have felt ill-prepared for the challenges ahead of them. Yet when faced with adversary, each was able to find the strength to overcome and succeed," her publishers said.
"Believe [in God] for the impossible, the unimaginable, the unobtainable, and the incurable," writes Brady in her book. "Each time we trust him with another layer of our lives, we discover more of the buried treasure of our true identities." more >>
Before a crowd of 25,000 women at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Bishop T.D. Jakes opened up the first day of his annual "Woman, Thou Art Loosed!" conference by saying that it is important that a faith in God be coupled with a belief in oneself.
"There are two aspects of faith that are critical for you to make it through this world," said Jakes, who is the lead pastor of the 30,000-member The Potter's House in Dallas. "Number one, you have to believe in God. If you don't believe in God there are some things for which there is no answer, no rationale, and no comfort. People will become sort of being what you need when you need it. You will spend the rest of your life searching through people who are just as broken as you are trying how to get it together. You must believe in God.
"But I'm going to tell you something tonight. Believing in God is not enough because I also want to remind you that the Bible said the demons believe and tremble. The second area of belief is critical and this is an area where even Christian believers are often attacked," he continued. more >>
While an estimated 60 million people turned to the TV to watch the presidential debate Wednesday night, millions more joined the live water cooler conversation on Twitter. In the Christian community, the best known Christian leaders appeared to mostly stay away from tweeting their thoughts on the debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.
However, some pastors and ministry leaders did take the opportunity to chime in. Here are just some of the comments made on Twitter during and shortly after the debate:
"I have always assumed Mormons to be non-violent, but Romney just kicked Obama's butt on national TV. Obama seemed uninterested." – Kurt Johnston, youth pastor more >>
Sarah Jakes, daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, announced in August that she would be divorcing her NFL linebacker husband Robert Henson, and is now speaking about how she is overcoming the tough times associated with the split.
Jakes, 24-year-old who leads the Women's Ministry at The Potter's House in Dallas, first broke the news of her divorce on her personal blog, www.sarahdhenson.com.
"I have built my ministry and identity around being the best wife and a mother I can be. For quite sometime I have tried to steer through some serious troubles at home," Henson wrote on her personal website, www.sarahdhenson.com. "As much as I wanted my marriage to last, it cannot." more >>