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The first meeting of Lakewood Church was held in a converted feed store on the outskirts of Houston on Mother's Day, 1959. Known throughout the world as a model for racial harmony and diversity, Lakewood Church has become a congregation of nearly equal numbers of Caucasian, Hispanic and African-American members. Every month, Lakewood reaches out to thousands of people through worship services, children's and student's classes, and educational and community outreaches. Lakewood's hand of ministry reaches out through special outreach programs for the hearing-impaired, foreign visitors, homeless, unwed mothers, hospitals, prisons and gangs.

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Central Houston, Greenway - Upper Kirby
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Danielle P.


Great messages but beware

Many of us could benefit from the positive and uplifting messages of this church. But there are a couple of downsides I can't help but point out. A heavy amount of importance is placed on giving a tithe. They even believe God can't bless you if you don't tithe. Also, if you have an illness and are not miraculously healed, they look down on you like you are doing something wrong.

Sutoyo S.



Sometimes we think the volunteers are very rude just because they have to help prepare everything at the church runs smoothly. I used to think that way too. I had a visitor who came to visit from Indonesia and wanted to attend Lakewood by the time he was queuing to have Joel Books autographed, a volunteer said no more because it was too long already, please come again next week. he was going back to Indonesia the next day. At another time I reserved the seat for a friend who was coming it was already 15 minutes past the normal service time, a volunteer came and asked me to release the seat to another guest. This is just the job of the volunteer to make everything runs in order for the service. I think we have to put our selves in the volunteers' shoes before we judge them they are rude. Hope everybody will enjoy the Lakewood services like we do.



This Is God's Church

To those folks who had a bad experience at Lakewood, I'm truly sorry. Hopefully you will stop and realize that Satan and his minions are especially busy in God-centered places like Lakewood. Give it another try--with an open heart. I'm an old woman and I've observed that churches don't grow and prosper like Lakewood if they are not on the right track--moving within God's will and purpose. We are all at different places and Lakewood obviously is meeting lots of us where we are.



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Osteen too busy taking pics & signing autographs to care

I was having an exceptionally rough couple of weeks. I had been in the hospital 5 days, after just moving to Houston. I had no family or friends around and came to Lakewood for the 2nd time. (once before I had gone into the hospital - and this evening) Victoria was very uplifting and encouraging and so was Joel. He had said something about volunteering in his message, which appealed to me so I was going to sign up, on a limited basis while I am getting adjusted to my new anti-seizure medicine but thought I would do what I could. He mentioned in his service message that he also wanted to meet the new members (seemed genuine about it at the time)... and that he would also be signing books at the front. I of course like the inspirational type books and thought I would get one for myself and a friend of mine. however, when I got up there all the the security and helpers around said I could not speak to him and put everyone in a row, had our books out and said he had his own pen, he didn't have time to talk he could only sign the book, when I tried to ask a question like, ""why did he say that he would greet new people in the service if that wasn't the case"" .... they quickly pulled the book out of my hand and had him sign it. They did offer to let me have a picture with him at some point, uuhhhmmmm ""NO"" He is supposed to be my pastor not George Clooney. Everyone was getting their picture taken. with him. When I was puzzled by this, JOel , was just putting his pen on one book to the next (I had two books) and said I am sorry I hope you come back. I wanted to thank him for his message, but couldn't.... didn't give me 10 seconds. PERHAPS IF HE HAD LOOKED UP FOR LONGER THAN A HALF OF A SECOND AND CONCENTRATED ON NOT BEING A CELEBRITY AND MORE ON BEING A WELCOMING PASTOR OF THE CHURCH HE WOULD HAVE NOTICED SOMEONE IN NEED OF A KIND WORD, NOT A GLAM SHOT AND AN AUTOGRAPH. Then was so upset about his security team and the way I was treated with the whole thing I wanted to just return the books, instead they just told me I had to leave. I never seen a preacher in need of that kind of security, I am sure there is a reason for it, BUT WOW.... If you can't make time for your members, you don't have anything. Makes me questions their true motives.

Wendy Page


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Get out of your couch and see the service live

I heard that people from all over the world come to Lakewood because they watch the service on TV. They want to see it live. Why would anyone want to do that if they live in Houston? Joel is a wonderful preacher. I liked his dad but I prefer Joel. I usually go to the 10am Bible study, 11:00 am service and after that our bible study group goes out to lunch. We usually try different places but we really enjoy walking next door to Polo's or drive for a couple minutes to Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse in Sharpstown. I enjoy the fellowship and laid back attitude of Joel Osteen. Come on by, stop watching the service on TV. Watching the real service will blow your mind, you will never want to see it at home again.



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use to be really nice

i havent been to this church since i was in sunday school with joel and his dad was pastor . i went with my family tonite 3/26/2011 to get my new husband and 7 yr old boy baptised. so i brought the appropriate appareal swimsuit etc . we got dressed and this old guy was telling me i should wear this ugly garment and ii told him no thank you , and his face got really angry and being really mean to me . i was happy with the message joel gave tonite which was laughing all the time and i am 39 and dont look it because i have been laughing all life ,thats how i live :) . so i was whispering and tickling my 7 yr old and smiling at him and that old man came up to me and attacked me again and his face turning all red ,i walked out with my son after that guy told me he would throw us out . i went to find joel to tell him what had happened and i saw him get on the elevator and i started crying, so i talked to one of the people that work there and they told me to talk to a lady ,which i would have to call in the morning .they were very nice but this is the reason i dont go to a church because they alwaysare rude to me even when i was a single mom for 12 yrs. the point is they have strict guidlines to get baptist ,it felt like a morge in there instead of joy and laughter ..i really wanted to get baptised with my new husband and my child , i will never go back in that church ever again its a shame that church is like that now ...his dad would be ashamed because he never had security around him ..he had faith .all joel had around him was security..



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Best kept secret

I know that this church gets a ton of critisism. But this is a church with a big heart.
The incredible spirit of love that just oozes out of their doors is not something you can really pick up on when watching the television program. People tell me all the time after visiting for the first time, ""I've watched Joel on Tv for years, but it's nothing compared to all this""
It's like you think you know what you're getting into, until you step in those doors and you can just feel a great big gust of love blow over you. I love it when Joel get's this certain smile. Like he's trying to not smile too much and it's all pouring out. It looks like a closed, extra wide smile, and his eyes crincle up so much you can see how happy he is. There is real love in that kind of smile.
The whole place is all about Hope, love and grace. It's prominent, it's concentrated, it's what drives the whole church forward; reaching the lost, the hurt and the broken hearted. It's an infectious passion.
Just a couple of weeks ago, right as I was on my way in I received some very heartbreaking news. I cried in the bathroom for a long time, but instead of going home I found a seat in the far back, nose-bleed section. That service was like a cool balm wrapped around my heart. I stood there amazing as each and every song encouraged me and gave me hope. It helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself and focus on something bigger, God. I was touched in such a real way that day.
Take one step inside and you'll see. It's all about bringing LOVE to the city of houston.

pete boslooper


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Lakewood Church

I remember the first time Joel preached after John' s passing. I remember the trembling sincerity I sensed,that has never changed despite the fame. People equate Joel to the Antichrist and Satan's spokesperson of misguided doctrines. I see a man of God anointed to preach the good news to the poor and treated much as was Jesus by the religious experts of His day. Jesus said to do what Joel and his Church are doing.The ""everybody who doesn't believe what we believe or preach what we preach are going to hell"" groups are forgetting the good news was about Gods mercy and grace and love. The one who loved the Samaritan got the well done, not the one that snubbed him and walked to the other side of the road. For God so loved the World means just what it says.If we can we will move to Lakewood just to attend in person. We love you Joel and Lakewood church family.



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A Truly Wonderful Church, Can't Imagine The World Without It

I have been attending this church on and off for five years - the messages and the experiences I've had here have changed my life for the better. To me, the perspective a person has about Lakewood says a lot about where they are in their own walk with Christ. Of course not everyone is going to like every church, no place is 100% perfect and that is okay; but I believe people should not criticize so harshly. Critical comments heard from around the world are clearly from those who want and choose to ""judge a book by its cover"" without really digging deeper into what this church does/offers beyond the telecast and one visit to one weekend service. People should not expect a pastor or person to be their primary liaison between them and God, the pastor is a secondary source meant to guide and lead you, however you are the primary source that must take responsibility by reading the Bible and then acquiring the ability to filter and hear sermons according to the Word of God. Do you read the Bible? If no, then you really are not in a position to judge or criticize any church. Joel is human and is doing what he's called to do - I have a hard time grasping why people are so critical of someone who has helped so many on so many different levels. I wish when people state that Joel Osteen is ""just a motivational speaker"" that they would follow that up with what they would prefer in a pastor, but yet, I never hear a follow up...interesting. If you don't want to be encouraged, motivated, inspired and uplifted by the Word of God in a place is that is overwhelmed with love and joy, you are still welcome at any time when you are ready!

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