Bishop TD Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas.
Named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine, Jakes’ voice reverberates from the world’s most prominent stages. Through his nexus of charitable works, TD Jakes is known for extending a hand of help to the needy, heart of compassion to the hurting, and message of inspiration to the disenfranchised.
Beyond the pulpit, Jakes ranks among EBONY’s Power100 and is the winner of several prestigious awards including BET Honors, Stellar Award, NAACP Image Award, Keeper of the Dream Award and McDonald’s 365Black Award for his humanitarian efforts. His worldwide impact is also felt through high profile conference series such as MegaFest which recently drew more than 75,000 participants and an empire that spans film, television, radio, best-selling books, and the TD Jakes School of Leadership.
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Bishop TD Jakes pointed out that his own church, the Potter’s House is composed of almost fifty percent men. “Here is what I know,” he said. “I don’t know where all the men came from in our church. They’ve always been there, and the key is engaging them with something that is relevant and challenging to their lives and hearts. If you get church out of the utopia that so many want to create and get it down to the functional level where men live out their daily lives, they will come. They will begin to see q quantifiable result in their lives and they will come. They’ll want to be in church. But if you’re just going to lay on the floor for a half and hour and speak in tongues forget about it. Men get lost in real strong emotionalism.
“As a pastor I have to present the gospel to men in such a way that it is provocative and challenging to them. We can’t allow the idiosyncrasies and weaknesses in men become the focus, because then we will just be trying to scale fish we haven’t caught.”
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He takes his sweet time. Bishop T.D. Jakes is in the 10th minute of a marathon sermon to 22,500 men in the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Today’s text is Genesis 1, in which God, famously, talks to himself. Jakes, a large man dressed in an eye-catching beige leisure ensemble, appears to be doing the same. He is strolling meditatively across the stage, his baritone voice set at low rumble, and his thoughts at first seem so loose and free-associative that he cannot make it through a seven-word divine utterance. “And God said, ‘Let us. Let usssssss…'” says Jakes,
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“When you start talking about prayer, no one is exempt from the need of it,” Jakes explained. “It doesn’t matter who it comes from as long as it comes from a place of purity.”
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You’d think that after the editors at Ebony saw our 2004 cover with Bishop T.D. Jakes, they would have said, “No way. Can’t be done better. That is the Bishop Jakes cover. We have to find someone else.” But no. They went ahead and put him on their April cover. I like what he’s doing with the beard there. Taking a page out of Zac Crain’s playbook. Here’s the full press release from Ebony:
Bishop TD Jakes – mega church founder and pastor, New York Times best-selling author, global humanitarian, film producer, TV and radio host, conference leader, and spiritual adviser – graces the cover of EBONY magazine’s April issue. The publication offers readers 175 tips on how to transform their life.
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