TD Jakes Ministries / Potters House of Dallas, Inc.

Summary

TD Jakes Ministries is a dba (doing business as) name of the Potters House of Dallas, Inc. The Potters House is a Church with multiple ministries, including T.D. Jakes trade mark conference, "Woman Thou Art Loosed" (WTAL), and other conferences and television programs. His popular television program, "The Potter's House," airs multiple times per week on Trinity Broadcasting Network ("TBN") and on BET ("Black Entertainment Television"). He also reaches a growing international audience in Africa and 22 European nations. In 1994, Jakes established T. D. Jakes Ministries, Inc. a separate nonprofit organization with about 150 employees for the propose of producing his conferences and television programs, distributing his tapes, videos, and managing his crusades. A decision was made to fold the separate organization into the Church. They then treated this separate organization as just another ministry of the Potters House of Dallas. This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with MinistryWatch.com. As a result it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 5390
Dallas, TX 75208-5208

Website: www.tdjakes.org

Phone: (214) 333-6400

Email:


Organization details

EIN: 311506712

CEO/President: Bishop T.D. Jakes

Chairman: Bishop T.D. Jakes

Board size: 5

Founder: Bishop T.D. Jakes

Year founded: 1994

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

TD Jakes Ministries is a dba (doing business as) name of the Potters House of Dallas, Inc. The Potters House is a Church with multiple ministries, including T.D. Jakes trade mark conference, "Woman Thou Art Loosed" (WTAL), and other conferences and television programs. His popular television program, "The Potter's House," airs multiple times per week on Trinity Broadcasting Network ("TBN") and on BET ("Black Entertainment Television"). He also reaches a growing international audience in Africa and 22 European nations. Bishop Jakes' conferences attract audiences as high as 52,000 people, 30 percent of whom are not regular church attendees.

In 1994, Jakes established T. D. Jakes Ministries, Inc. a separate nonprofit organization with about 150 employees for the propose of producing his conferences and television programs, distributing his tapes, videos, and managing his crusades. A decision was made to fold the separate organization into the Church. They then treated this separate organization as just another ministry of the Potters House of Dallas, Inc. They use the Name "TD Jakes Ministries" as a dba.

This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with MinistryWatch.com. As a result it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.

Prudent donors want to understand what it is they are going to support. Some ministries claim they have no legal obligation to share financial or other information -- but they do have a moral obligation to do so. Without access to comprehensive ministry information it is not possible for donors to make optimal giving decisions. Ministries that seek to obscure critical information from scrutiny undermine the faith and trust of donors and damage attitudes that have a long term negative impact. For those few ministries that state it has no legal obligation, it should be noted that donors are even less so obligated with any legalist obligation to give, but they do have a moral obligation to give in a prudent and wise fashion. Transparency is a consensus of practical sound wisdom. Many Christians are willing to live ethically without a governmental entity mandating that they do so. Transparency is the key component to a growing and prosperous donor -- ministry relationship and fundamental to long-term ministry success. Information, however, must be timely, relevant, accurate and complete for it to be used effectively.

Christians should have nothing to fear by being open. All will be judged at a future date, and with this thought in mind, how are we to conduct ourselves before God today? Organizations described as "Christian Ministries" are at least giving people an image of God. Is God characterized as closed, impartial and hidden; or, open, personable and knowable? Scripture enjoins Christians to conduct themselves honestly (1 Thes. 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:2), with due candor (Jms. 5:12) and grace (Col. 4:6), without deliberate offense to Jew, Gentile or the Church of God (1 Cor. 10:32), with decency and orderliness (1 Cor. 14:40), blameless, giving no occasion for rebuke (Phil. 2:15), and offering no opportunity for false accusation (1 Pet. 3:16). Responsibility for the resources God has placed in the trust of His saints is called "stewardship" in the Bible (1 Pet. 4:10), the person responsible for the resources is called the "steward" (Lk. 12:42; 16:1-8). Most Christians would not argue with the principle that the chief aim of man is to ..."to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." However, how can a "Christian Ministry" "glorify God" if they are not open? Are not organizations that hide things characterized as cults? Should not Christian ministries lead by example? Besides being characterized as a steward, Christians can be characterized as ambassadors and as light because God is light. Just these few summary ideas indicate that Christian ministries should be open and transparent. In addition, responsibility to God is linked to responsibility to government and mankind.

MinistryWatch.com's hope is that Christian ministries are indeed an example to follow and not otherwise. It is one of our premises that Christians should be light in a world of darkness and as such, Christians should be setting the standard by their conduct.

It is not enough for ministries to live up to the minimum of any written law, or to give all men their due. Ministries ought to give them more than their due. Ministries should be concentrating on the good of others, seeking reward in self-denial and sacrifice, and not of personal advantage. Therefore ministries should treat others as they would want to be treated by them, regardless of unworthiness and ingratitude.

Donors should be seeking information before they give as well as after. Before in order to have an idea where the money is intended, as well as if it corresponds to the donors values. And then after to see if it really happened. Trust but verify, so that they know if they would desire to continue to give.


Mission statement

TD Jakes Ministries expresses its mission as follows:

T.D. Jakes Ministries endeavors to contribute to the spiritual, relational and entrepreneurial advancement of the Christian community by providing Biblical enrichment, spiritual guidance, motivational resources and economic empowerment. Bishop Jakes hopes that his ministry will enable Christians to overcome personal obstacles and limitations and adopt a zeal for advancement.


Statement of faith

THREE DIMENSIONS OF ONE GOD (1 John 5:7; Mathew 28:19; 1 Tim 3:16)

We believe in one God who is eternal in His existence, Triune in His manifestation, being both Father, Son and Holy Ghost AND that He is Sovereign and Absolute in His authority.

We believe in the Father who is God Himself, Creator of the universe. {Gen 1:1; John 1:1}

We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. (Col 2:9) He suffered, died, was buried, and rose from the dead for our total salvation (Luke 3:21-22; Philippians 2:5-11). We believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 3:36; John 3:31-32; John 14:6).

We believe in the Holy Spirit who is God indwelling, empowering and regenerating the believer. This Holy Spirit is called the Comforter. The Spirit of Truth (John14:17, 14:26)

We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ atones for our sins and iniquity. It is through His shed blood that we are saved, healed and set free from bondage and the forces of darkness (Romans 5:9-11; Ephesians 1:7; Revelation 12:11).

We believe that every believer must have a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, for apart from Him we can do nothing. Each person has a ministry from God that no one else can fill. We are to instruct, teach, exhort, and admonish believers in the ways of God (John 15:1-5; Hebrews 13:5-6).

We believe that the Bible is the true infallible Word of God, which cleanses our souls. It holds the words of eternal life and the keys of the Kingdom of God. The Bible shows us God's principles and standards for living; and it is the food that sustains us in all circumstances (John 1:14; 2 Timothy 3: 16-17; 1 John 2:5-6).

We believe that we are to wash and renew our minds daily by the Word of God.

We must learn His ways and exchange our way of thinking for His. We are to be conformed to the Kingdom of God by the molding and shaping of His Hands (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:23-29; Philippians 4:8).

We believe in justification by faith. We believe that salvation is free and apart from any work of man is a result of the sovereign grace of God. (Eph 2:8-9, Gal 5:5, Rom 5:1)

We believe in worshipping the Lord in spirit, song, dance and with the raising of our hands. We believe that we are to praise and worship Him with our whole being (Psalms 150:1-6; John 4:24).

We believe that in Godly living and the pursuit of a holy life should be the goal of every believer. (Heb 12:14, Phil 3:14)

We believe that believers should be water baptized by immersion for the circumcision of our hearts. It is through baptism that we publicly identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:11-14; Acts 2:38).

We believe that all Christians need to partake of the communion elements which represent the Lord Jesus' body and blood. It is by participating in the Lord's Supper that we proclaim His death until His return (John 6:53-58; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30).

We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the sign of speaking in other tongues. We believe that Christians must be filled daily by using our prayer language, but the evidence of the Holy Spirit's indwelling presence is a changed life (Acts 2:4; Ephesians 5:18-21).

We believe in the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He ministers to His people through tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy; words of knowledge and wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith, working of miracles, and healing (Mark 16:15-18; Acts 5:16; 2 Corinthians 12:1-11).

We believe that it is God's will to heal and deliver His people today as He did in the days of the first Apostles. It is by the stripes of Jesus that we are healed, delivered and made whole. We have authority over sickness, disease, demons, curses, and every circumstance in life (Luke 10:19; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; 1 Peter 2:24).

"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature... And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:15-18)

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History

1957, T. D. Jakes was born June 9, and grew up as the youngest son in a South Charleston, West Virginia family.

1974, Jakes felt called to the ministry at age 17 and began preaching part-time while he was a student at West Virginia State University and while working at a chemical plant. He eventually became part-time music director at the Baptist church in which he grew up.

1980, As a part-time pastor, Jakes helped found Greater Emanuel Temple of Faith in a storefront in Montgomery, West Virginia with only 10 members.

1981, T. D. Jakes married Serita Ann Jamison. They had met while he was a guest speaker at her church. They have five children.

1982, Jakes began full-time ministry after the chemical plant where he worked closed and his father died of kidney disease.

1983, Jakes held his first conference (now called "The Bible Conference") with 80 attendees.

1988, T.D. Jakes was ordained a Bishop by The Greater Emmanuel Apostolic Faith Tabernacle, Inc. in Portsmouth, OH.

1990, Jakes moved his ministry to South Charleston. The congregation then grew from 100 members to more than 300.

1992, Jakes preached the sermon "Woman Thou Art Loosed" in Sunday school. This message became his trademark.

1993, Jakes wrote his first book, also titled Woman Thou Art Loosed. He also began his weekly television program, Get Ready with T. D. Jakes, a program that is now called The Potter's House and airs four times a week. Later that year, he moved his ministry to Cross Lanes, West Virginia. The congregation grew to nearly 1,000 members of all races, including 40 percent Caucasian.

1994, Jakes established T. D. Jakes Ministries, Inc. (EIN: 31-1394705) a nonprofit (IRS 501(c)(3)) organization with about 150 employees for the propose of producing his conferences and television programs, distributing his tapes, videos, and manages his crusades. A decision was made to let the 501(c)(3) organization expire. They then treated this ministry as just a sub-part of the Potters House of Dallas, Inc. They use the Name "TD Jakes Ministries" as a dba (doing business as) name for the Potters House.

1996, Jakes moved his family and 50 other families from West Virginia to establish the Potter's House in Dallas. The present church is on the 28-acre site where the old Eagle's Nest Church of television evangelist W. V. Grant had been.

1998, T. D. Jakes and the Potter's House dedicated Project 2000, a 231-acre tract of land, with the hope to be transformed into the City of Refuge to meet transgenerational needs for rehabilitation, education, and training.


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