T.D. JAKES LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE DRAWS NEARLY 6,000 ATTENDEES & GENERATES $6.5 MILLION FOR ORLANDO
JAKES’ LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE DRAWS NEARLY 6,000 ATTENDEES & GENERATES $6.5
MILLION FOR ORLANDO ECONOMY
Jakes Addresses Most Pressing Needs Facing the Church
ORLANDO, Fla., April 18, 2011—During
the well-attended 2011 Pastors and Leadership Conference in Orlando, Bishop
T.D. Jakes addressed the church’s most pressing needs with approximately 5,800
pastors and church leaders—who traveled from 25 different countries including
South Africa and South Korea to hear Jakes and industry leaders discuss
important topics such as surviving the recession and what do to a in a crisis.
But pastors weren’t the only ones who benefitted from the conference.
According to Brian Martin, Corporate Communications
Director at Visit Orlando of Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bishop
Jakes’ Pastors & Leadership conference brought $6.5 million to the Orlando
area through direct spending over the three-day period.
Bishop Jakes took to the stage on Thursday morning, March
31, to welcome attendees and spoke about the importance for pastors and church
leaders to be educated on crucial issues to protect themselves and their
churches. The conference wrapped up on Saturday, April 2 with an explosive
message by Apostle Raul Avila.
“Our goal is to empower leaders with the
tools that they need to address the most acute issues facing churches today.
Leadership is not just the domain of the senior pastor, but the responsibility
of those who undergird the church operations,” said Bishop T.D. Jakes. “Our
conference is designed to provide the entire infrastructure with the
information that they need because what you don’t know can hurt you.”
This year’s Pastors and Leadership Conference took a new
approach by providing breakout sessions, led by industry experts, to address
the top issues relevant to the church today.
Featured ministry leaders included:
■ Charles Blake,
Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC)
■ Sheryl Brady, The
Potter’s House of North Dallas
■ John Hagee,
■ I.V. Hilliard, New Light Christian Center
■ Bill Hybels, Willow
Creek Community Church
■ Serita Jakes, The
■ T.D. Jakes, The
■ Dr. Cynthia James,
■ Lester Love, The City
■ Raul Avila, The
Christ for All Nations Center
■ Paula White, Without
Walls International Church
breakout sessions were led by Dave
Ramsey, best-selling author and financial guru; Joshua DuBois, executive director of the White House Office for
Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; Mark
DeMoss, president of The DeMoss Group public
relations firm; DeVon Franklin, vice
president of productions for Columbia Pictures; Jan Miller, literary agent and chief executive officer of
Dupree/Miller & Associates; Jonathan
Merkh, publisher of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster; and Donald Lawrence, Grammy-winning
producer, composer and recording artist.
Session topics included: Surviving the
recession, government funding, music
and worship, real estate and foreclosure prevention, executive management, data
management, marketing, social media, television, book publishing,
administrative support, accounting, technology in the church, public relations,
women in ministry, and security.
Dr. Marvin Sapp, Gospel music artist
and pastor at Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, and First Lady Joy Hill of The Potter’s House of Denver, also performed
at the conference.
Jakes plans to hold another Pastors and Leadership Conference in the near
The Potter’s House
Located in Dallas, The Potter’s House
is a 30,000-member nondenominational, multicultural church and humanitarian
organization led by Bishop T. D. Jakes, twice featured on the cover of Time magazine as “America’s Best
Preacher” and as one of the nation’s “25 most influential evangelicals.” He is
currently awaiting the release of his next film project, Jumping the Broom,
slated for release on May 6, 2011. The Potter’s House has four locations: The
Potter’s House of Dallas, The Potter’s House of Fort Worth, The Potter’s House
of North Dallas and The Potter’s House of Denver, and a Spanish language
church, Casa de Fe. thepottershouse.org.