Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Do minorities watch more TV Preachers?

George Barna recently did a study of which preachers/pastors were most popular among different ethnic groups, theological stripes and the like.

Across the board 4 names came in the top 5--Bush, Dobson, Warren,and Graham.

Non-whites add in TD Jakes to the mix. They also report to be more influenced by Benny Hinn, Paul Crouch, Joyce Meyer, Eddie Long, and GE Patterson. I think that the first three are TV Preachers. Does that mean that non-whites watch more Trinity Broadcasting Network? Maybe. It also means I think that there are more non-white Pentecostals by percentage.

Why do I say this. Because most of those names show up on the second half of the most influential Christian leaders. Also showing up with pentecostals is Pat Robertson.

Baptists tend to elevate Hybels into the top 5. Mainliners add the Pope and Will Willimon (former chaplain at Duke, now bishop of American Methodists).

Anyway I found all of this interesting.


Kim Traynor said...

What, no link? Whatever happened to sharing :-)

Friar Tuck said...

This was actually from an article I had copied before I pitched the article.


Links on blogger are too much work.

The Gig said...

Interesting post. I like to hear evangelists speak in person. Yes, I watch a lot of TBN and enjoy it. Paula White is a favorite of mine as well as Joel Osteen. I agree that T.D. Jakes is good.

Kim Traynor said...

I like Joyce Meyer. I've heard people say that she's a "prosperity gospel" person...I don't know anything about that. I just remember a time when I was sick and spending a lot of time in bed and she would come on TV, pacing around in her snazzy suits, shouting like a drill sergeant, and she could get me out of bed every time.

Joel Osteen seems like a very sweet guy. But I saw him on Larry King and it worried me a little because he appeared timid. Logically it seems like you'd have to be a bit of a lion to lead a congregation that large, but God uses who He wants to use, doesn't He?