Preachers of LA – Coming this Fall

Here’s the promo reel for the new show on the Oxygen Network “Preachers of LA.”  I don’t have anything to do with it, but I’d be curious about your thoughts.  Is this going to help the cause of engaging the culture?  Will this be a move forward or a setback for the Church?  One big question is:  Why did they pick these guys?  Let me know what you think:


Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Guy

    A shameful attempt by the media to undermind the church.

  • Ruth

    It is what it is.

    Any opportunity I get to talk about Jesus next to the watercooler (or anywhere) I’ll take it.

    • Yes – but wouldn’t it be nicer (and more helpful) if they were sincere questions based on real interest, rather than having to defend the extreme?

  • JB

    I like pastors with flashy cars. The disciples all had flashy cars, I think.

    • Well actually JB, it was the apostles who had flashy cars. The disciples rode the bus.

      • Josh Reid

        I’m sure I read that in the Apocrypha.

  • I saw this recently on another blog that seemed a bit ashamed of this program. I didn’t disagree with most of what I heard but we’re left with some ?? on the credibility of the men featured (i.e. personal
    lives). I guess I’m on the fence. No help huh? It’ll be interesting to see…

  • Eric Dunaway

    This has “bad idea” written all over it….

  • I guess it’s a “better” idea than “Engineers of Philadelphia”, but it seems a bit risky for the church. We need to be seen as human – but we need to be seen as following the standard presented in the Bible. Christianity does not need anymore bad PR.

    • Now “Garbage Collectors of Philadelphia” might work Jon…

  • Maryjo Petersen Castro

    A wave of nausea hit me while watching this. I’ve worked with two of these pastors seen on this show on several occasions… unfortunately I have nothing good to say about them. Big egos, gimmicks up their sleeve, excessive spending, entitlement mentality, etc. My question is the same as yours is Phil, why are they using these particular preachers? What’s really the message they’re sending here? Whatever it is, I hope it’s not the message they left me with, it was a turn off.

    • Bob

      Come on, MaryJo… speak your mind … don’t hold back … tell us how you really feel!

      • Maryjo Petersen Castro

        Thanks for the reminder to keep my “filter” on …. Bob!

  • Beverly

    sounds like wolves in sheep’s clothing

  • Aaron Booth

    Their pastoring philosophy seems to go against Ezekiel 34. Disappointing to see people get wrapped up in this and miss the true potential of having a sincere relationship with God.

  • Dennis Clark

    setback…this will just reinforce what a lot of people think already

  • Absolutely a setback. It looks like the makers of this show have an agenda to make pastors look as bad/selfish/egotistical as possible. And if that’s your agenda, you’ll have no shortage (in any field) to find people that meet your criteria.

  • Tom D’Angelo

    If I could wave a magic prayer wand that would make this show go away I would. But since I can’t, let’s look at the potential fall-out:

    Some people will watch this show. For some in that group this show may confirm their worst suspicions regarding Pastors. For others, their lack of trust and esteem for people in ministry may hit even new lows. Others (although few) may jump onto the name it claim it, gab it grab it train that weren’t already on that track.

    Some of these viewers may visit our churches. Some might even be members at our churches!

    So will the show be addressed from your pulpit?

    The best scenario would be that the show raises questions that are actually answered from the pulpit. Too often we avoid the risky topics. Undoubtedly this show may raise subjects not for the faint of heart.

    Are we ready?

  • Samuel Adler

    Wow! There’s so many ways to look at this. Editing can tell lies, but the camera doesn’t. The real question is, does the show simply reveal whats “happening” in the lives of these men and their families? We as believers try so hard to keep the polished look but forget that we are human and that life is messy. Does this series simply show what we dont want the world to see?

    Naturally the shows creators are not going to put “normal” pastors on tv. They want over the top and edgy people. No drama, no story, no viewers. Its a business after all for the general public… Not the 700 club.


  • spreadtheflame

    7000 people groups totaling nearly 3 billion people still have little to no access to the Gospel in our generation, most living off of a couple of dollars a day, and these men are flaunting their lavish lifestyles in the name of Jesus. Most would probably claim to be “Spirit filled”, but I would say that they are going to come off as full of themselves. God help us. I predict that those who choose to watch will see the syncretistic American Gospel enterprise in full view, where consumerism and materialism reign on equal footing with cherry picked parts of the Savior’s message.

  • I’ll take it.

    For one, it looks like intriguing drama.

    And, if this show gets popular, and people start rejecting church more than they already do, then it will force a new generation of genuine and humble pastors, who will have to fight to regain the trust of the people, but will know to do so with the Holy Spirit and not gimmicks.

    Notice that these men are shown off to be very, very flawed – but the last 30 seconds or so when it’s more about Jesus and redemption there’s an uplifting feel. You can tell these men are real people who really love others.

    I could care less about being offended that it makes “us” look bad. These men show the reality, and it IS bad, so if exposing it makes a change,

    then I’ll take it.

  • RW

    Ok, I hope I don’t make anyone mad, however we must remember what television and movies are for ENTERTAINMENT. I believe and Mr. Cooke feel free to correct me most reality shows are 95% scripted. So yes they may own these material things but a lot of what is happening is to entertain or to bring attention, or as in most cases give one them their own personal reality show so they can make more money and buy more material things. Our time would be better spent reading a book or the bible. So my point is look at for what it is “ENTERTAINMENT” not reality!

  • borogirl54

    I think that if this works out, the next spin off will be the Preachers of Atlanta with Bishop Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, Andy Stanley and Louis Giglio.

  • Ron_Sellers

    Just from the trailer, it seems to be a pretty accurate reflection of a certain segment of the Christian population – the flashy, name-it-and-claim-it, prosperity gospel segment. Agree with it or not, it exists. Unfortunately, many people may get the understanding that this segment represents all of Christianity.

    But then again, if people tune in to Christian television, what are they most likely to see? This is just an extension of what’s on TBN every day. If people can see this on TBN or Daystar, why not on Oxygen?

  • Amy Karimi

    I do not care if pastors or anyone else in any profession prosper and even prosper well. But if that is the focus and not simply a by-product then I question the motives for being in ministry. Stuff is just stuff. Our high standard (gold) for financial gain on earth is simply pavement in Heaven. God’s value system is inverted from ours. People are what are valuable to Him. I find that those that feel the need to focus on prosperity from a negative or a positive view are placing too much value on an earthly human system. I can have money without it possessing me. The question is, “If God ask for all of it, are you willing to give it, knowing that He is your source?” I personally do know that. My husband and I are in full time ministry and we are endeavoring to build a 24 hour, relevant network to reach the 30 and below demographic of Iran. It takes money and a whole lot of it to do things well and not cheesy like most of Christianity does these days. I make no apologies for wanting lots of money because I know we will help lots of people. We may be blessed in the process, as we should be, because we have given our lives for the sake of building the kingdom of God. No one has given more by life effort or by percentage to this ministry than he and I have. We will continue to do so because their are people that must be helped. That doesn’t mean that our focus needs to be diverted to the accumulation of stuff. I believe, as with most things, there is a healthy middle ground.

  • jmsierra

    Sad. Disgusting. Confusing. A man living with a woman, not married…and a Pastor? Someone missed some key things in Timothy, Titus, perhaps? It’s called the Bible…and it shouldn’t be miss-used. These kind of tv shows just continue to confuse the un-churched about what Christianity is all about. Sad. Really Sad.

  • Amick Byram

    Based on the promo, this will be a sad commentary on American Christianity;
    showcasing pastors who preach the prosperity gospel for their personal
    prosperity. This television series will lend legitimacy to the world’s view
    of the already stereo-typical money grubbing pastor and reinforce the opinion
    of the secular world about the identity of churchgoers as people who give blind
    dedication to these type of pastors and in by do so, are either ignorant, uneducated,
    self deluded, or under a spell of their own choosing. From these
    participating pastor’s point of view, it will be a wonderful vehicle to gain
    additional notoriety, congregants, and platforms to further their gospel of
    personal wealth building.

    It will obviously be entertaining…that’s what these guys do, and the good news for
    Oprah is that money will be made with this series for her network. But
    unfortunately like much of show business, money will be made at the sacrificial
    alter of education, Godly behavior, and inspiring people to better personal
    values and life possibilities… a belief Oprah espouses.

  • Roland Austinat

    Wow. Do you know the demography of the viewers of the Oxygen Network?

    Also, normal pastors are just too boring and don’t make good TV. What about Asian pastors though, or South American ones? Is their absence from the reel a sign that their churches are less tolerant of the name-it-to-claim-it business?