Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, will be the Special Guest Speaker when members of the country’s largest Black Pentecostal denomination gather in St. Louis for their annual Holy Convocation.
The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) announced in April that Osteen would be speaking Nov. 8 during its 110th Holy Convocation in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Church of God in Christ, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, is a Pentecostal denomination whose 19th century founders were inspired by John Wesley’s Holiness movement. The denomination, led by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, counts 12,000 churches and 6.5 million people among its members in the U.S. Most of COGIC’s members are African American.
Osteen has shared that he “grew up with my dad being Pentecostal.” He also studied at Oral Roberts University, which was named after the Pentecostal evangelist of the same name.
Under his parents’ leadership, Lakewood Church reportedly attracted a strong Pentecostal and charismatic following.
“My church now is filled with people of every denomination,” Osteen previously told The Christian Post when asked about growing up with Pentecostal roots.
It was unknown what kind of message Osteen will deliver during the Church of God in Christ’s Holy Convocation, although the popular pastor and author is known for his think-positive messages. Osteen has also been accused of preaching a watered-down gospel message. Pastor Joel Osteen paid an impromptu visit to Mason Temple, the central headquarters of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), in Memphis Tennessee in October 2016. Presiding Bishop of COGIC and pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Charles E. Blake, spoke at great length with Osteen about their calling to continue to share the good news of the Gospel wherever the Lord leads them.
The Church of God in Christ reported that 2016’s Holy Convocation attracted more than 40,000 visitors to St. Louis. This year’s gathering, providing a time of consecration, refreshing and renewal, was schedule to take place Nov. 6-14.