Joel Osteen is the pastor of the largest church in the United States, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
The Osteens reach millions of viewers through weekly televised services at Houston-based Lakewood Church, which has at least 40,000 members, as well as Joel’s best-selling books, worship events, and radio shows.
How Joel Osteen got his start
Joel Osteen is one of six children of John Osteen, a former Southern Baptist pastor, who founded Lakewood Church in a converted feed store in 1959 and ran it until his death in 1999. John Osteen noticed his son’s charisma early on, but Joel resisted his father’s urgings to take the pulpit before relenting and preaching his first sermon on Jan. 17, 1999.
What is the prosperity gospel?
According to his website, joelosteen.com, he believes that “as children of God, we are overcomers and more than conquerors and God intends for each of us to experience the abundant life he has in store for us.”
Why do people like Joel Osteen?
Osteen’s charisma and his message appeal to a lot of people, including celebrities. He and his wife, Victoria, pack tens of thousands of fans into stadiums around the country with their “A Night of Hope” events, like the one coming to Indianapolis. His church celebrates a diverse congregation drawing from a variety of socio-economic and racial backgrounds. Each week, more than 7 million viewers watch his church service.
What Joel Osteen says about Self-Prophesy
It’s not enough to just think it, something happens when we speak. You have to prophesy your future.
According to Joel Osteen’s Sermon #647:
“It’s not enough to just think it, something happens when we speak. You have to prophesy your future. You can personalize yours. But let me give you some generic things that should be on your decree. I am strong. I am healthy. I am in shape. I weigh what I’m supposed to weigh. I am full of energy. I am passionate. I am talented. I am secure. I am valuable. I am confident. I have a good personality. People like me. I am fun to be around. I am happy. I enjoy my life. I am a person of excellence. I am full of integrity. I am successful. I am prosperous. My future is bright. My children are mighty in the land. My legacy will live on to inspire future generations. I run with purpose in every step. I am blessed. I am victorious. I am a child of the most high God.”