Fact Sheet: The Potter’s House of Dallas, Texas
One of the Largest Churches in America
THE POTTER'S HOUSE
In 1996, Bishop T.D. Jakes moved his church of 50 families from Charleston, W.Va. to Dallas, Texas and founded The Potter's House church. Today more than 30,000 members comprise this multiracial, nondenominational church with 48 active ministries. The ministries include programs for teenage mothers and abused women, a homeless outreach, a GED literacy program, an outreach for drug and alcohol abusers, and an AIDS ministry.
Another highlight of The Potter's House is the Prison Outreach Ministry. More than 325 prisons in 35 states have been impacted through this ministry. The ministry's primary focus is to equip individuals by providing practical avenues for re-entering society.
Woman, Thou Art Loosed!—What began as a simple Sunday school curriculum became a best-selling book, a Grammy-nominated CD, and a national conference attended by hundreds of thousands of women. At the annual conference, overflow audiences of women gather to hear the timeless message of God's way to hope. Since its beginning in 1992, the conference has become one of the most popular elements of Jakes' ministry, exemplified by the 1999 event that broke the indoor attendance record at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, drawing more than 90,000 women.
ManPower—In 1993, Bishop T.D. Jakes created ManPower conferences to help men of all races and backgrounds address specific needs, hurts, and struggles from a biblical perspective. The conference has grown from 2,500 in its first year to more than 20,000 men in large cities, including Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. ManPower equips and encourages men of all walks of life to build strong marriages, to increase their confidence, and to take on responsibility in their community.
God's Leading Ladies—Bishop Jakes developed the God's Leading Ladies conferences as a follow-up to his popular Woman, Thou Art Loosed event. However, unlike Woman, Thou Art Loosed, which addressed the needs of women of all races, ages, and backgrounds with a message of overcoming trials, God's Leading Ladies is more directly geared toward women who are seeking to enhance their leadership skills.
Pastors and Leadership Conference—Recognizing the physical, emotional, and spiritual fatigue pastors can face in full-time ministry, Bishop Jakes created the Pastors and Leadership Conference to help heal, restore, and encourage clergy, their spouses, and their leadership staff. Since the first conference in 1995 with some 1,500 leaders in attendance, the event has grown to more than 8,000 pastors and leaders from 44 states and 27 countries in 2001.
In response to the demand for his popular Sunday school lesson, Bishop Jakes wrote his first book Woman,Thou Art Loosed! (Albury Publishing, 1993). To date, this bestseller has sold more than 1.5 million copies. Since then, Jakes has authored 11 bestselling books including his most successful Maximizing the Moment (Penguin Putnam, 2000), which reached number three on the New York Times Business Best Sellers list. In all, the best-selling author has written 27 books. His latest, God's Leading Lady (Penguin Putnam, 2002), reached number five on the New York Times hardcover advice list.
Dexterity Sounds is a collaboration of Bishop Jakes and EMI Gospel to record music with a positive, Christian message. The initial release, "The Storm is Over" debuted at number one on Billboard magazine's Top 100 Gospel chart and received a 2002 Grammy and Dove award nomination in the category of Best Gospel Album.
OTHER MINISTRIES OF THE POTTER'S HOUSE INCLUDE:
This ministry is responsible for the molding and teaching of members that have not completed high school and received a diploma. With this extensive training, those who complete the program will forego tests to receive a GED.
Volunteers trained by The Potter's House counseling department assist and comfort members who are grieving over the death of a loved one.
Known as "Destiny House," the children's church is designed to service, train, and inspire children in a dynamic and creative fashion. Each year, the children's ministry partners with Prison Fellowship to provide Christmas gifts for children whose parents are incarcerated. The Potter's House also provides information, research, and assistance for HIV-positive children and their parents.
Clay Academy-A Christian school for grades K3 - 7, teaching a curriculum of reading, math, social studies, and Bible lessons.
Potter's House School of Ministry-A six-month course used to train and utilize those in the congregation that are considering work in full-time ministry.
The Potter's Institute-The Potter's Institute molds individual's character in knowledge, understanding, and application of godly life principles to their personal life, their families' lives, and their community.
The Potter's House provides trained counselors to help church members with family, marital, premarital issues; grief; and issues geared to women.
A comprehensive training program for men that volunteer to serve in specific areas, including ushers, communion, or assisting other ministries within the church.
Known as "Acts II," individuals develop a greater understanding for sharing the love of Christ with their community.
This is a program designed for men and women of the church who have a specific desire to show hospitality to others. They help provide an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance to the members and guests of The Potter's House.
Interpretation-For the hearing impaired, interpretation is made available through several trained volunteers during each service.
"Silent Voices"-An avenue for the hearing impaired to participate in a choir.
With Hispanics comprising 41 percent of the population in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and 7 percent of The Potter's House congregation, this ministry known as "Casa de la Amistad" (House of Fellowship), is a vital link to the community.
"The Guardians Street Ministry," the Potter's House has teamed up with a local ministry, Voice of Hope, to supply bussing for the homeless to and from church every Sunday. Once at church, the guests receive a hot cooked meal and socialize with other members before taking part of the morning service. There is also clothing and other resources available to help empower individuals with skills that enable self-sufficiency and promote spiritual growth and development.
This outreach of trained volunteers is responsible for visiting the congregation and their family members who are seriously ill or unable to attend church services.
IN-HOME BIBLE FELLOWSHIP
This ministry creates an atmosphere for Christians to build meaningful relationships with other Christians throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. New believers and members of The Potter's House get an opportunity to study the Bible and form encouraging relationships within the church.
The intercessory prayer team dedicates specific time to pray for needs of the church, community, and world.
Overseen by several licensed and practicing doctors, this is a ministry that is available in the event that members of the congregation will need to check blood pressure, blood sugar, shortness of breath, or assist with other first aid needs.
Known as Adullam Men's Empowerment Network (A.M.E.N.), this ministry acts as an avenue for all men in the church body to fellowship one with another and share common struggles. Men make up 55 percent of the church body in The Potter's House.
MUSIC AND FINE ARTS
The Potter's House Choir-A gathering of men and women form this Grammy, Dove, and Stellar award-nominated choir.
Creative Arts-An avenue for those who are trained in classical music, drama, and opera to use their talents in the church.
Men's Choir-Some 300 men gather to form this vocal worship group.
Praise Dance-Called "Before His Throne," for those capable of performing ballet and other forms of dance.
"Josiah" Praise Team-The main singers that lead the choir and congregation.
NEW MEMBER RELATIONS
Volunteers assist those either new to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, The Potter's House, or to the Christian faith.
The Potter's House International Pastoral Alliance (P.H.I.P.A.) is a global outreach to encourage senior pastors desiring to establish a covenant relationship with The Potter's House and seeking spiritual leadership from Bishop Jakes. P.H.I.P.A consists of more than 470 pastors on four continents in 12 countries spanning 12 different denominations.
The Prison Ministry is designed to equip and empower the incarcerated, former offenders, and their families to become productive in their communities.
Adopt-A-Prison-A state-by-state campaign to provide state prison systems with satellite broadcast reception equipment for rehabilitative and religious programming.
Conference Viewing-During T.D. Jakes' annual conferences, "Woman, Thou Art Loosed" and "ManPower," the event is transmitted into to some 325 prisons, to a potential viewing audience of 275,000 inmates.
This is a ministry for victims of domestic violence, touching the lives of hurting women by restoring confidence, renewing strength, and reclaiming joy through God.
Called "Golden Vessels," several volunteers from the hospital ministry and those who have a passion for senior citizens visit convalescent homes to give friendship to those who may not be physically able to attend church regularly.
"Patient, Holy, and Sanctified, Entirely" (P.H.A.S.E.), this is an outreach for the adults in The Potter's House between the ages of 25-54 to experience a wholesome life as a single.
The Potter's House encourages members to improve communication skills, specifically in the area of public speaking, to make a greater impact in their community.
The Transformation Center is an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program centered on biblical principles and supported by The Potter's House. The non-profit organization became a licensed facility by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in 1997. Governed by a board of directors, its staff consists of licensed counselors.
Simultaneous translation of the services at The Potter's House is provided in French, Portuguese, and Spanish.
God's Leading Ladies—This life enrichment program, patterned after the God's Leading Ladies Conferences, is based at The Potter's House. It is designed to empower, motivate, and inspire women through dynamic speakers and stimulating workshops.
Debutante—A ministry geared to the younger women in The Potter's House to mold them to become graceful, modest Christian women.
JJ's Girls—This is an avenue for women of The Potter's House ages 55 and over.
WoMan To WoMan—The main women's ministry of The Potter's House.
Known as The F.I.R.E. House (Family, Instruction, Revival, and Evangelism), it is a "boot camp" for this generation.
Basic Training—A curriculum for Bible training that teaches basic spiritual principles, as well as how to study the truths of God.
Extreme Heat—A pioneering youth ministry that teaches biblical principles in conjunction with the art of "stepping."
Revelations—Praise, liturgical, and interpretative dance of scripture.
Indigo Café—A social gathering on a jazz and poetic phase.
Judah's Lions—Mentoring and training for the young men of The Potter's House to be strong, stable, and positive spiritual leaders.
King's Daughters—A concentrated teaching for young women to help each realize that she is truly a princess in Jesus.
Michael's Angels—A support group ministering to those who are facing challenges of being a teenage mother.
Beyond Words—Placing the scriptures and hymns into mime.
X'presXunz—The drama team of the F.I.R.E. House.
Special Forces—The music arm of the youth ministry.