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?


  • 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

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