Is There an Anglican Joel Osteen?

As the first candidate for President of the House of Deputies has presented herself, and the prospect arises of at least some politicking, we Episcopalians might step back and ask: what would our ideal church leaders look like?

Other than Bishop Tutu, it is hard to think of a current Anglican with exceptional charisma or crowd appeal or even exceptional preaching skills. Theology aside, Houston pastor Joel Osteen looks pretty good compared to the highest ranking bishops, priests, and laypeople in our church.

A further question also arises: if we don’t have the star poet, how do we build our brand? How do we build a church that brings people to God and to the service of God’s people? —J. Douglas Ousley

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