Bishop T.D. Jakes talked with the AP about infiltrating the entertainment industry not only with his movies, but also with his new talk show, The T.D. Jakes Show. During the sit down the Pastor of The Potter’s House Dallas revealed that he is okay with people watching church online, even though he is old school. Check out excerpts from that interview.
Bishop Jakes, on his new talk show:
“I think it is a chance to minister to the nation. I think it is a chance to … infiltrate the culture and to be a part of the conversation on mainstream television,” said Jakes.
“I think it is a very important that we don’t remain nuanced and stay in our communities or our sanctuary and not really engaged in the culture. We need to be out there listening and learning and talking and adding our thoughts to the whole mix of who we are as Americans.”
On young people being less tuned into religion:
Jakes: The world is changing. The way we receive information is changing. The second thing is that I don’t think contemporary parents have raised their children in church like my generation was raised — it was just a forgone conclusion. It’s Sunday morning and you’re going to church. … We skipped a generation and so we lost a generation, and I think we have to be much more intentional about communicating our faith in ways that is relevant to a broader culture who receives everything over their phones.
Bishop Jakes on is it ok to stay home and watch church online:
Jakes: I am old school. I really want people to come and because there is something about being in that … worship atmosphere that I think is amazing and special that doesn’t always cross over to television. …. However, I am really cool with the social media thing. The last five people we hired have been in our social media department. … As long as the message gets out, I don’t care how it gets out there. … I might be working myself out of a job, but that’s OK.