Attendees Offered Top-Down Approach to Leadership Development

May 17, 2012, DALLAS—During the 2012 International Pastors and Leadership Conference in Orlando, Bishop T.D. Jakes addressed the church’s most pressing needs with approximately 8,000 pastors and church leaders—who traveled from 35 different countries including South Africa and India to hear Jakes and industry leaders discuss important topics such as the value of a good name, surviving the recession and what do to in a crisis. But pastors weren’t the only ones who benefitted from the conference.

Bishop Jakes’ Pastors & Leadership conference brought $15.2 million to the Orlando area over the three-day period, more than triple the economic impact the conference made in Orlando in 2011.

After a day of breakout sessions, Bishop Jakes took to the stage on Thursday evening, May 3, to welcome attendees and delivered a message entitled “The Rainmaker,” urging attendees to join with God to change the ‘droughts’ of their lives. The conference wrapped up on Saturday, May 5 with a message by Bishop T.D. Jakes, followed by a message by Bishop Noel Jones. “These are the days of the rainmakers. If you hear it in your spirit, you have [divine] permission to push it into your life” said Bishop T.D. Jakes.

In response to the popularity of the conference, this year’s Pastors and Leadership Conference provided an extended schedule of breakout sessions structured for each level of expertise, led by industry experts, to address leadership development and assure the attendees that, true to the conference’s theme, “The Mission is not Impossible”.

Featured ministry leaders included:

  • Bishop T.D. Jakes
  • Mrs. Serita A. Jakes
  • Bishop Tudor Bismark
  • Dr. Cynthia James
  • Bishop Noel Jones
  • Joel Osteen

Special breakout sessions were led by Pastor Corey Brooks Sr., New Beginnings Church of Chicago;Pastor Sheryl Brady, The Potter’s House of North Dallas; Pastor Charles Jenkins II, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church; Sarah Henson, The Potter’s House, daughter of Bishop and First Lady Jakes; Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, New Psalmist Baptist Church; Presiding Bishop Eric D. Garnes, Tabernacle of Praise Cathedral; and William McDowell, worship leader and #1 Gospel recording artist.

Session topics included: Music & Fine Arts Ministry, Church Real Estate, Management, Data Management, Marketing, Social Media, Television Ministry, Administrative Support, Accounting Management, Armor Bearing, Technology in the Church, Public Relations & Media, Pastors and Ministers’ Wives, Women in Ministry and Church Security.

Wess Morgan, recording artist, associate pastor, director/actor, and Israel Houghton, singer, composer, producer, worship leader, also performed at the conference.


About 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.” The Potter’s House has five 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 Fe54.201.250.106