Magazine article Ebony

5 Questions For: Bishop T.D. Jakes: Founder & Senior Pastor, the Potter's House Church

Magazine article Ebony

5 Questions For: Bishop T.D. Jakes: Founder & Senior Pastor, the Potter's House Church

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1. You're a minister, movie star, best-selling author and a national leader of economic and cultural development. Are there any more worlds for you to conquer?

On an international level, we are busy planning Mega Fest 2005, which will be held on August 3-6 in Atlanta. Mega Fest 2004 broke all records at the Georgia Dome, attracted more than 140,000 people from 55 countries, and set a cumulative record attendance of 560,000 over the four-day period. We will continue to focus on the family as people from around the world gather for spirituality and family-oriented entertainment.

Currently our church, the Potter's House of Dallas, is building a $10 million facility; this is the first phase of Capella Park, a 231-acre development that will include a Christian preparatory academy, a senior citizen complex, a recreational building and hundreds of homes ...

2. It has been said that you represent the next wave of spirituality in America. How would you define the new Black (and White) spirituality that you represent?

I believe our country is evolving spiritually and that the Black community's contribution will play a vital role in its spiritual development ...

3. What was the central message of Woman, Thou Art Loosed, and are you planning additional movies?

Currently, there are no plans for additional movies. I brought Woman, Thou Art Loosed to the screen to give voice to the many victims who have been wounded through child abuse and survived its traumatic consequences. …

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