According to The Christian Post on Sunday, Bishop T.D. Jakes, the founding pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, shared what he hated most about megachurches. It might be strange that Jakes would hate anything about megachurches since he is the pastor of one. On the other hand, he would know what's wrong with them because he has a church with a membership of about 30,000.
Jakes said, "There are pastors whose ego demands that type of adulation. It's the part of ministry that I hate. I hate it because from the inside out I see myself as quite normal. The pressure to live up to all of your expectations frustrates me." In other words, it not the people of megachurches that concern Jakes. It's the pastor and the management of the church that concern him.
Jakes explained that he liked himself before others knew him. "See, I didn't need you to know me to like me; I liked me alone. So, I don't need all of it, I kind of shy away from it. I don't like to go out in crowds to be accosted by masses of people and sign an autograph. I can handle it, but I don't need it." He said he likes "simple friends, simple places, even simple food, doing simple things."
Jakes added, "There are pastors whose ego demands that type of adulation... It's the part of ministry that I hate. I hate it because from the inside out I see myself as quite normal. The pressure to live up to all of your expectations frustrates me." Jakes, who is also a bestselling author and film producer, told The Huffington Post in an interview while promoting his new book "Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive" that the one major critique of megachurch culture has to do with the role of the pastor.
While Jakes said he hated some things about megachures, he stressed that even though they are big, they are not monolithic. None of the megachurches are alike, therefore you cannot make general statements about them all. He let the interviewer know that a megachurch is defined as one that has more than 2,000 members. The size of the church shouldn't define the pastor. Jakes gave an example of himself saying, "I'm the same guy that pastored 50 people on Easter Sunday. I didn't turn into some kind of creature when they became 5,000. I can show you my tapes then and my tapes now; the message is still the same." What Jakes was saying is that it's the management that needs to change when a church grows.
Jakes says he uses the principles in his new book where he outlines how to re-discover natural aptitudes and re-claim the wisdom of past experiences. He proves in his book that when people are attuned to divinely inspired instincts, they will become in sync with the opportunities life presents and discover a fresh abundance of resources. Jakes contends that knowing when to close a deal, when to take a risk, and when to listen to your heart will become possible when you're in touch with the instincts that God gave you.