Why is Joel Osteen’s Megachurch Still Growing?

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The largest megachurch in North America sits right off of 59 in southwest downtown Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen leads the Lakewood Church – a church he inherited from his father John Osteen in a building that previously served as the Houston Rockets’ home with 52,000 regular attendees each week. That is 7,200 more than in 2010 and five time the size it was when Osteen’s father Pastor John Osteen, who founded it, died in 1999.

Andrew Gabriel of PAOC recently posted two consecutive mini-articles on Joel Osteen  to spark a vivid discussion with the Pentecostal Theology Group; which naturally led to the question: Why is Joel Osteen’s Church Still Growing?

Neither Pastor Joel Osteen, nor the Lakewood Church implement:

  1. multi campus; it is just one big mega-church
  2. CEO leadership strategies like John Maxwell
  3. complicated theology (for which Osteen is often criticized)
  4. overemphasize prophetic or otherwise charismatic gifts
  5. imlpement more media than a regular TV evangelist
  6. belonging to a larger denomination at this time
  7. projects a close type of conduct, but reach to all kind of unbelievers
  8. have an open political preference (like Franklin, Jakes, etc.)
  9. use negativism or criticism of other ministers and churches
  10. purposely ask for money on TV

Yet, it remains the largest and fastest growing church in America today.

So how and why Lakewood Church – Houston keeps on growing under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen?

37 Comments

  • Troy Day
    Reply July 27, 2018

    Troy Day

    not sure that they use a CEO leadership strategies like _John Maxwell_ I have also not heard much overemphasize prophetic or otherwise charismatic gifts with Osteen Peter Vandever

  • Isara Mo
    Reply July 28, 2018

    Isara Mo

    Because be inspires but doesnt condemn…
    He parts them.on the back but doesnt pierce their hearts..
    Anywhere where preaching and teaching soothes the heart but doesnt pierce it, growth is imminent..
    The Bible says when Peter preached they were pierced in their hearts and asked “what should we do?
    When Jesus preached they said” this is hard teaching…..and many left him.(John 6:66)
    If the word of God is a sword(Hebrews 4:12) and a fire and a hammerJeremiah 23:29) instruments/ objects that hurt and harm when applied to the flesh, then surely you wont find applause when it is applied but cries..
    But as long there is applause clapping and no conviction in the hearts…it is just another gospel…
    That explains it

  • Troy Day
    Reply July 28, 2018

    Troy Day

    My point was that John Maxwell are used there. This is quite the wrong assumption

  • Andrew Gabriel
    Reply July 29, 2018

    Andrew Gabriel

    No doubt it is growing in part because he encourages and inspires people. But I’m sure there is much more ministry going on at the church than one can tell from watching Joel teach on t.v.

  • Troy Day
    Reply July 29, 2018

    Troy Day

    Granted – lots of ministry but he did lock the church for the hurricane victims

  • Troy Day
    Reply July 25, 2019

    Troy Day

    it is not really

  • Isara Mo
    Reply July 25, 2019

    Isara Mo

    Everyone loves to be inspired, but not everyone likes to be rebuked.
    When Jesus taught something new, on hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
    Hard teaching doesnt inspire…

  • Brian James
    Reply July 25, 2019

    Brian James

    2 TImothy 4:2 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

  • Troy Day
    Reply July 26, 2019

    Troy Day

    most ppl love to be misled in the wrong direction

  • Shannel Taylor
    Reply July 26, 2019

    Shannel Taylor

    Broad is the way…

  • Jeremy Watts
    Reply January 24, 2020

    Jeremy Watts

    It’s still growing because he says what they want to hear!!

    • Isara Mo
      Reply January 25, 2020

      Isara Mo

      Jeremy Watts
      There is a great difference between preaching and entertaining.
      If you do the first truthfully as Jesus and the apostles did you risk bring thrown down the cliff flogged in public and thrown into jail and you will remain with a few members..
      But if you do the latter i.e entertain the people, as we see done in most churches today especially “mega churches” then growth is imminent.
      Everyone dislikes rebuke:everyone loves to be entertained.

    • Jeremy Watts
      Reply January 26, 2020

      Jeremy Watts

      Isara Mo absolutely

  • Troy Day
    Reply January 24, 2020

    Troy Day

    wondering why FB put this thumb instead of Joels

  • Daniel J Hesse
    Reply January 24, 2020

    Daniel J Hesse

    What they need to hear also?

  • Benjamin Freeman Herbest
    Reply January 25, 2020

    Benjamin Freeman Herbest

    So why did the Church in Acts grow daily? Sometimes thousands at a time

    • Jeremy Watts
      Reply January 26, 2020

      Jeremy Watts

      Benjamin Freeman Herbest very different times and very different culture. In America we have become soft and want people to speak easy to us, to motivate us and never rebuke us. By large majority, we don’t seek truth, we seek for those that will agree with us, not challenge us and people that will make us feel good about ourselves. People don’t want to be disciplined, we live in the fattest and laziest country. Joel does exactly what the masses want. Gives them a feel good message and tells them that they are perfect and getting better. He is nothing more than a motivational speaker!

  • Troy Day
    Reply January 25, 2020

    Troy Day

    Benjamin Freeman Herbest you think Joel is Paul and Houston is Jerusalem?

  • Jevan Little
    Reply January 25, 2020

    Jevan Little

    People go there for a positive message, not to grow a relationship with God imo.

    I would not be surprised to find Uniarian Universalists and gays in the congregation.

  • Troy Day
    Reply January 26, 2020

    Troy Day

    people go there period A LOT

  • Daniel J Hesse
    Reply January 26, 2020

    Daniel J Hesse

    A lot in word and deed.

  • Troy Day
    Reply January 27, 2020

    Troy Day

    whose word and which deed?

  • Reply February 19, 2020

    Deborah

    The Bible states that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved. It also says Judge not that you not be Judged. In Luke 9:49-50 The disciples said “We saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him because he is not one of us. Do not stop him Jesus said, ” for whosoever is not against you is for you. Just because a preacher may not be doing the sermon the way you do or think he should does not mean he is wrong. Let God be his judge.

  • Troy Day
    Reply February 20, 2020

    Troy Day

    The Bible states that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved. It also says Judge not that you not be Judged. In Luke 9:49-50 The disciples said “We saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him because he is not one of us. Do not stop him Jesus said, ” for whosoever is not against you is for you. Just because a preacher may not be doing the sermon the way you do or think he should does not mean he is wrong. Let God be his judge https://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/6yajyi/if_you_want_to_add_an_extra_71_billion_to_the/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

  • Troy Day
    Reply February 20, 2020

    Troy Day

    Stephen Hundley just sent this interesting question on OP

    Very interesting persona, it seems like he is blessed with so much, and yet he opens the doors of his heart and wallet to so few. This is the message, that one amass a heavy fortune on the toil of others?

    Is it too early for a discussion of such a topic, or do you take offense to it?

    WHAT do yall think about this under the current OP?

  • Isara Mo
    Reply February 22, 2020

    Isara Mo

    Entertainment

  • Troy Day
    Reply February 22, 2020

    Troy Day

    well there is a lot of preaching too Isara Mo

  • Reply March 19, 2020

    Henry

    Doesn’t preach about sin either

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