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Joel Osteen is known as an American preacher and televangelist. He is most famous for being the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church.
Joel Osteen was born March 5, 1963 in Houston, Texas. Joel’s father was a former Southern Baptist pastor and the founder of Lakewood Church. He grew up in a big family with five siblings. Joel received his education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he studied radio and television communications. After college, he returned to Houston and began Lakewood Church’s televised programming in 1982.
Joel got married to his wife Victoria in 1987. Together they have had a son and daughter named Jonathan and Alexandra. As a result of his negative stance on gay marriage, he has been publicly criticized. According to him, being gay is a sin and being straight is natural. His wife Victoria, has gotten into many issues publicly. She is considered to be a rude person by most of the public.
Joel and Victoria do not get a salary for working as pastors at the Lakewood Church. Most of their income comes from donations and publications. Joel’s total net worth is calculated to be around 60 million dollars. The home where he lives with his family is estimated to be around 11 million dollars. His books and media appearances have made him rich enough to continue as pastor for free. One of his books has earned a whopping 13 million dollars according to reports.
Joel began his career as a preacher on January 17, 1999 after he finally accepted his father’s long standing offer. Six days after preaching his first sermon, Joel was met with tragedy. His father died and the cause of death was ruled as a heart attack. His father's death must have sparked his desire to preach as a full time job. Two weeks after the death, Joel began preaching frequently and by the end of that year, he was inaugurated as the senior pastor of Lakewood Church.
Lakewood's attendance saw a rapid increase from 5,000 to 43,000 members in 1999. A sports arena known as Compaq Center, the former home of the NBA team Houston Rockets, was bought by Lakewood Church in 2003. According to reports, the renovation cost was around 105 million dollars. The renovation spanned 15 months and added five additional stories to expand capacity. During the opening ceremony, there were an estimated 65,000 people in attendance.
Joel described to CBN how it felt to preach in front of a large stadium audience, “You know, it may feel like a rock concert or a pep rally, but there are enough things pulling us down in life. I’d like to come in and say, ‘We’re going to celebrate what God’s done for us, and we’ve all got challenges. We’ve all got reasons not to celebrate, but that’s what faith is all about. God we’re going to just celebrate who You are today. We have a great support system. Not only our staff, but we have about 4-5,000 volunteers. And my father got us started in this in that we believe that every believer is a minister. All of us have something to do. And no one is left out, especially the children. In their state of the art facility, they don’t just have 'Children’s Church.' They have a church for the children, and it totally rocks! We knew if we could get the kids wanting to come to church, then the parents will come.”
Joel wrote many books to preach his message and the word of Jesus Christ. His first book was Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. The book went on sale in October of 2004 and enjoyed success on the New York Times Best Seller List. His second book was titled Becoming a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Every Day. It was released in October of 2007. Joel’s second book put more emphasis on relationships. He wrote about how the wrong relationships can cause people to remain stagnant in their lives.
In 2011, Joel wrote a book called Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week. Joel decided to write the book after studying research that claimed people were most happy on Fridays. The message that Joel was trying to get across to readers was that the happiness they enjoyed on Fridays could be expanded into a daily feeling. If they followed his scriptural insights, they wouldn’t have to wait until the end of the week to be happy.
I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life was published by Joel in 2012. Breaking away from his regular pattern of 7, Joel split this book into 31 different sections. In each section, Joel asks his audience to declare each day to express their love for God through their actions. Joel tries to apply scripture to various aspects of modern living such as health, family, and finances.
When asked by CBN on how he’s able to reach such a diverse audience including minorities along with the poor and rich, Joel said, “It’s amazing. It started way back with my father. It’s funny because people ask us all the time how we do it, and I don’t know. We never tried to … what do you call it? Integrate. It’s just my dad’s message was a message of hope and love, and it seemed like everybody came in all different races. Even when we go to different cities on the road, it’s the same thing. It just seems like it’s equally mixed and even like you said, not just races, but social economics as well. It’s just – you can have a professional ballplayer sitting by somebody that took the bus. When I look out there I think this is what Heaven’s going to be like.”
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