Osteen on Lakewood: "I Don't Try to Make the Services Super Religious"

Houston's Lakewood Church tries to make Christianity relevant to everyday life and appeal to people who wouldn't normally go to church or tune into a TV ministry, senior pastor Joel Osteen told CNN Belief Tuesday.

When asked about what has made Lakewood so successful, Osteen said, "I don't try to make the services super religious."

Instead, he goes on to say, "I want to make God good and relevant to people who weren't raised like me."

Osteen is the son of Lakewood's founding pastor John Osteen and took over the pulpit in 1999. Since then, the megachurch has famously grown to become the largest in the country.

Osteen's approach is to make the Christian message applicable to people's lives rather than focus on calls to repent or debates about church doctrine.

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SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Kate Shellnutt