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Lakewood Church is a Protestant non-denominational Christian mega-church in Houston, Texas, USA. It is one of the largest communities in the United States, with an average of 52,000 attendees each week. The building of the Lakewood Church with 16,800 seats, in which four English-language services and two Spanish-language services take place per week, is located in the former Compaq Center. Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church with his wife Victoria, who serves as co-pastor. Lakewood Church is non-denominational (not affiliated) while leadership can be viewed as part of the Word of Faith movement.


Current building in Houston
Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church, September 21, 2018

Lakewood Church, originally called "Lakewood Baptist Church", was founded by

In 2001, tropical storm Allison caused flooding in the Houston area. Lakewood Church was opened as a shelter for approximately 5,000 displaced people.

Under Joel Osteen, the Lakewood parish grew nearly fivefold. The attendance rose to 30,000 per week, which resulted in a move from its location at 7317 East Houston Road to a larger facility. In late 2003, the Church signed a long-term lease with the City of Houston to purchase the Compaq Center, a 29-year-old former sports arena.

Lakewood Church moved to Compaq Center on July 16, 2005. It is a 16,800-seat facility located southwest of downtown Houston along US Highway 59 has double the capacity of its former sanctuary. The Church had to pay $ 11.8 million upfront rent for the first 30 years of the lease. Lakewood renovated the new campus at an estimated cost of $ 100 million.

On March 31, 2010, Houston City Council voted 13-2 to sell the property to Lakewood for $ 7.5 million.


Lakewood Church believes that the entire Bible is inspired by God, and the church bases its teachings on this belief. The Church also takes into account belief in the Trinity, as well as recognition of Christ's death on the cross and the resurrection.

According to the commands found in the Bible, the Church practices the following:

  • Salvation: Every worship service offers an altar call at the end so that people can accept Christ as Lord and Savior.
  • Water baptism: The church believes that the Bible requires this as a symbol and testimony of faith in Jesus Christ - in his cleansing power through his shedding of blood on the cross for us. Baptism takes place every Saturday evening in the chapel.
  • practiced by the Church. : The Church believes the Bible asks for this act of remembering what Jesus did on the cross. It is offered every week in the New Beginnings room (right next to the bookstore).
  • Growing Relationship with Jesus Christ: Lakewood believes that every believer should stand in a growing relationship with Jesus by obeying God's Word and yielding to the Holy Spirit and by conforming to the image of Christ.

Lakewood Church is known for its teaching on the word of faith. Before every sermon it is also known that a confession (originally directed by John and continued by Joel) is repeated jointly by the congregation.

Church organization

Lakewood offers various types of ministries, grants, and services based on member ages, marital status, and needs.


  • Children's life: children
  • Champions Club for special needs
  • Lakewood Middle School: Middle School Students
  • Lakewood Youth: Students
  • Main service: All adults
  • Lakewood Young Adults: Young adults in college and after college

Joel Osteen, Victoria Osteen, John Gray or Danilo Montero preach. Nick Nilson or John Gray preach on Sunday evenings. Associate Pastors John Gray, Paul Osteen, Lisa Osteen Comes, Nick Nilson, Craig Johnson or guest speakers will preach on Wednesday evening.


Different classes are offered by the Ministry of Compass Classes and meet before and after the service on weekends.

watch TV

The Church's weekly services are broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network and Daystar Television Network, as well as local channels in most major US markets. Lakewood also appears on secular networks such as Fox Network, Freeform, and USA Network. In 2007, Lakewood said it spends nearly $ 30 million on its Department of Television every year. Osteen's sermons are also televised in more than 100 countries, with an estimated 7 million viewers each week. Lakewood hosts a Night of Hope every month. At that time, the Church is hosting a Christian worship event in one of the arenas or stadiums across America.

Hispanic Ministry

In 2002, Lakewood started a Hispanic ministry, Iglesia Lakewood, which was founded by Hispanic pastor Marcos Witt and his wife, Miriam Witt. In September 2012, Danilo and Gloriana Montero took on the role of Associate Pastors for the Hispanic Ministry. Lakewood offers two services in Spanish each week and translates all English services into Spanish. The weekly attendance at the Spanish church services is approximately 6,000 people.


Prosperity gospel

Osteen's sermons and writings are sometimes mentioned in promoting prosperity theology or the gospel of prosperity, the belief that material gain is a reward for devout Christians. However, when asked if he was a prosperity teacher, Osteen replied that he considers himself a prosperity teacher if prosperity means God wants people to be blessed, healthy and have good relationships, but when it comes to money, he does Not. He has explicitly stated that because of the reputation of the televangelists, he never preaches about money. In an interview with The Christian Post on April 21, 2013, Osteen expressed his feelings about being perceived as part of the prosperity gospel. "I'm put into the prosperity gospel and I never think it's fair, but it is exactly what it is. I think prosperity, and I've said it a thousand times, it's healthy, it has great kids, it has peace of mind. Money is part of that, and yes, I believe God wants us to excel ... to be blessed so that we can be a greater blessing to others. I feel very rewarded. I wrote a book and sold millions of copies, and Victoria and I have been able to help more people than we ever dreamed of. But when I hear the term prosperity gospel, I think people sometimes say, "Well, he's just asking for money." October 2007, 60 Minutes ran a twelve-minute segment on Osteen titled "Joel Osteen Answers His Critics," in which Reformed theologian Michael Horton told CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts that Osteen's message was heresy. Horton stated that the problem with O Steen's message is that religion is made above us instead of God.

Response from Hurricane Harvey

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Osteen received significant criticism in response to its failure to provide shelter for those displaced by the storm at Lakewood Church, a 16,000-seat, 16,000-seat former basketball arena. On August 27, posts from the church and social media accounts of an associate pastor of Lakewood Church stated the church was "inaccessible due to severe flooding," and Associate Pastor John Gray continued, "If we could get there, we would." we open the doors. " "" In a subsequent interview, Osteen countered the claim that floods closed the church, saying, "The church was open from the start" and "We have always been open ... How this idea started that we are not." Shelter and we don't take people in is a false story. "On the evening of August 28th, Lakewood announced that it would be open at 12:00 noon the next day as an available shelter for storm victims and rescue workers on August 29th.

On August 15, 2018, the City of Houston and Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed Lakewood Church Day in honor of Lakewood's support in rebuilding the entire Houston area. Lakewood has supported "more than 1,150 families in the Houston area whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by floods" and "purchased $ 1.1 million in building materials, furniture, appliances, and paid labor and through the contribution of over 2,500 volunteers" .

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