Jakes delivers dose of faith, business [Virginian - Pilot]
(Virginian - Pilot Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) By Kathy Adams
The Rev. Rosalind Moats achieved her dream when she became the first female pastor in her church's 108-year history.
But, she wondered, was she leading First Baptist Church West Munden of Chesapeake in the right direction?
Moats figured the best-selling author and megachurch leader Bishop T.D. Jakes would know.
So on Friday afternoon, she nabbed a seat among roughly 820 others at The Founders Inn and Spa to receive a dose of Jakes' humor- and faith-laced business acumen.
Moats got what she came for.
"I just wanted to get a feel for his leadership style because he's been so successful, to see if I am on the right path," she said. "And I feel today that I am. ... He's empowered me today to go back into my local church and community and be a game-changer."
The event was part of Regent University's ongoing Executive Leadership Series, which started about 2004. It was the most well- attended speech to date, said Regent spokeswoman Mindy Hughes.
The visit also was the product of a newly minted partnership between Jakes and Regent.
Earlier this year, they launched the T.D. Jakes School of Leadership, an online certificate program, backed by Regent, offering courses in topics ranging from pastoral counseling to homeland security. Regent also began offering a tuition discount for employees of The Potter's House, Jakes' 30,000-member church based in Dallas.
In exchange, Jakes will visit campus each semester as a distinguished visiting lecturer. He started earlier this week, speaking to divinity and psychology and counseling classes. He also delivered a speech at chapel Wednesday, Hughes said.
Jakes mentioned the partnership briefly Friday.
"I'm excited to be here and to be partnering with Regent University, and to see all of the great things that are going to come out of this," Jakes said. "It is our goal and our hope to produce the kind of leaders that shape the world, and I think we can."
Jakes is also head of TDJ Enterprises, a for-profit company, and has produced movies such as "Sparkle" and "Jumping the Broom." His resume includes being named "America's Best Preacher" by Time magazine.
Kathy Adams, 757-222-5155, firstname.lastname@example.org
Earlier this year, Regent launched the T.D. Jakes School of Leadership, an online certificate program offering courses in topics ranging from pastoral counseling to homeland security.
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