Americans are gearing themselves up for a new Christian reality series, entitled Preachers of LA, which will be broadcast in the autumn.
Preachers of LA aims to give insight into the lives of six preachers and their congregations. Featured ministers include Bishop Clarence McClendon (shown), gospel singer Dietrick Haddon and Bishop Noel Jones.
The series trailer, which shows some of the leaders living a luxurious lifestyle and advocating a prosperity gospel, has sparked controversy. Some preachers have called for it to be boycotted.
One preacher, Rev Jacob Samuels based in Florida, shared, “Our preachers have blended in so well with the world, if you watch the trailer on mute, you can’t tell if these are preachers or rap stars.”
“We have been called to be a light to the world. Yes, we do face everyday issues, but that does not mean we expose our lives in a way where it’s a negative reflection of the Church.”
Bishop Noel Jones, leader of the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, California, recently shared his reasons for being on Preachers of LA, stating his purpose for appearing on the show is not evangelical, but rather to shatter people’s misconceptions of church leaders.
He shared, “My original intention was for it to be a tool to help bring the minds of Christian people to the place where they give some balance to who their pastors are, and to how they deal with their pastors.”
He added, “The only reason I signed up was to help to reduce the iconoclastic proclivities that church members have about their pastors, to the point where, if they break any of the rules that the church members are breaking, they completely throw them away.”