Preachers of Detroit: Community Counselors

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Last Friday evening, we got a look at the most important part of ministry. That is Stewardship to the people. Back in the Civil Rights Movement, White supremacists firebombed Black Churches. Not because Black folks were in them, but because those churches meant everything to the community. Those churches were the gathering places. Community news was shared. During the Civil Rights movement, all marches and protests were planned at the church. They were shelters in a vicious world. The Pastor ensured the churches remained safe havens where he tended to his congregation on a personal level.

As we see in Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, this can be a huge undertaking. Her schedule stretches her very thin. In the process, she becomes very tired and old wounds start to surface. With the help of her sister, a therapist, and reassurance from her daughter, Dorinda found peace to endure the road ahead. Pastor Shelby and First Lady Shelby deal with one of their own at Burning Bush International. A young woman named Christian who struggles with homelessness and addiction not to mention trying to raise a very young child on her own. Things started off rocky at first but they were able to get her the help she needs. Only time will tell if they were successful.

A successful community is the goal of all our Preachers. For Bishop Corletta Vaughn, success for her community will be imported from Peru. Multi-Millionaire Fernando Palenzuelo purchased the old Packard Plant which is walking distance from her church Holy Ghost Cathedral. Bishop Vaughn met with Mr. Palenzuelo and thought it will be a great idea to have a town hall. There, Mr. Palanzuelo can meet the community and outline his plans for development including jobs for the community. Bishop Vaughn also spoke to Pastor Bullock about the town hall. Pastor Bullock is known for his work in the community and bringing him in would be a good move. Pastor Bullock jumped at the chance when he found out City Council President Brenda Jones was going to be in attendance. This was his chance to make a political contact. A political contact he will desperately need if his hopes of getting elected to the Detroit City Council is realized.

I had the pleasure of covering the town hall and you can read about it on this site in the archives: “The Packard: An Answered Prayer for Prosperity”  . On screen, we see what my spot at a table could not. I was dismayed to say the least. I know or met just about all of the community leaders and activists in Detroit through covering events and hosting a show on Urban Nation Radio. Needless to say, getting them all on the same page is difficult at best.  Yet they all share one thing in common. They let their work speak for them. Self promotion is not more important than the causes they champion. I saw no such thing in Pastor Bullock. While the night was clearly for the community of East Grand Blvd and Mt Elliott, Pastor Bullock’s sole focus was on himself. Even left early when it appeared to him that meeting City Council President Brenda Jones seemed unlikely. He missed that opportunity as well as the opportunity to meet Mr. Palanzuelo himself and voice any community concerns he had. Youth and energy are great assets but often betrayed by a lack of patience. I like Pastor Bullock’s passion for the community but his lack of seasoning is getting in the way of him doing mighty things.

Oxygen network is already hyping the next episode as “Bullock vs. Vaughn”. The events of the town hall will be discussed. I hope Pastor Bullock really listens to Bishop Vaughn. Pastor Bullock has to become the key to Detroit’s future. He has to realize that after the last episode of this show airs, it’s his deeds that people need to see. The Pastor Bullock that he is currently showing everyone echoes the self-centered politicians that got Detroit in the mess it is in today. The people have seen enough of that. Holla if you hear me.

-K. Greene

Preachers of Detroit: The Past vs. The Present

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A Friday night in Detroit is a guaranteed great time and this past Friday night was no exception, I had the pleasure of attending a “Preachers of Detroit” watch party hosted by the most popular cast member, Bishop Corletta Vaughn. The Signature Bar and Grill was pack with fans and family as Bishop Vaughn greeted everyone with a hug and a smile. Her larger than life personality spread throughout the room. However, once the clock struck 8pm, all eyes were fixated on the televisions for “Preachers of Detroit”.

This episode brings in seldom seen cast member Pastor Tim Alden along side it’s most controversial Pastor David Bullock. Pastor Bullock invites Pastor Alden to his Safe Sex talk night at his church and the clash of ideologies began. Pastor Alden believes in the traditional path of abstinence. So much so that he himself is a 50yr old virgin. Pastor Alden came up to the podium excited to share his story and promote abstinence. However, his excitement would be short lived as was his message. Before Pastor Alden could get far into his speech, he was abruptly cut off by Pastor Bullock. Also, Pastor Bullock proceeded to hand out condoms! Pastor Bullock is okay with premarital sex as long as protection is used. The look on Pastor Alden’s face was of humiliation with borderline rage. We will have to see this Friday how this turns out.

Pastor Don W. Shelby Jr. is fighting his own battle and holding on to his traditional views when discussing his kid’s careers in music. Pastor Shelby’s kids formed a singing group called “The Shelby 5”. They are very good too!! More importantly, they see the need to improve to become successful. That means possibly working with producers and artists who perform secular(non-Gospel) music. That doesn’t sit well with Pastor Shelby. Anything outside of traditional, old-school church values is a no go in his house.

The same goes for the women in Pastor Shelby’s house as well. The Shelby women were invited to cast member, Bishop Corletta Vaughn’s women’s conference. Mrs. Shelby and her daughters were already not on board with Bishop Vaughn being a Bishop. Now, asking them to come to a women’s empowerment conference is asking too much. A young lady on Twitter asked me “Why doesn’t Bishop Vaughn respect Mrs. Shelby’s position?”. Since I had Bishop Vaughn 10ft from me, I asked Bishop Vaughn herself. Bishop Vaughn Replied ” I respect Mrs. Shelby’s position for her, but not for all women”. In the question and answer session after the show, Bishop Vaughn went on to say “As women we are just to diverse and talented to only be housewives. All women should be able to have a choice.”
The past and the present will always clash. Why? Because the future is at stake. The past got us here but the present is all about change. Without change, there is no way we can make ourselves better. Our future is depending on that. This Friday, Bishop Corletta Vaughn will fight for the future of one of her own. I hope everyone watches and learn something very valuable. Holla if you hear me!
-K. Greene

Preachers of Detroit: Love and Old Wounds

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If you asked me last month, if “Preachers of Detroit” would be one of the highest rated TV shows on primetime Friday night, I would have said no. I would not have thought that a faith-based reality show set in a small market could hold the nation’s attention. I would have been wrong, very wrong. “Preachers of Detroit” has taken the world by storm and I couldn’t be happier. This show is one of the top trending topics on social media every Friday night.

Last Friday, Another event took place on the show that I couldn’t be happier about. Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston and Pastor David Bullock patched things up. Their initial meeting was tumultuous to say the least. Before Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston can become a full Bishop, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson gave him a directive that he must do before he can take office. Before Langston can become Bishop, he must make peace with his life. Including healing an old wound left by the murder of his mother when he was a child. As Bishop Langston stood over the grave of his mother, I came to a realization. If Bishop Langston ever wanted to see what Pastor Bullock is trying to accomplish, he need only to look at himself.  Pastor Bullock’s work in the community is to prevent children from going through exactly what Bishop Langston went through. Pastor Bullock believes that Preachers have to get involved in the community. Their influence can help deter drugs, increase hope, and cut down crime. The community needs that leadership. Reaching out can change anyone’s situation or even save a life.

The life of “Preachers of Detroit’s” most popular cast member is coming to the forefront. Marriage is difficult. Especially between successful people. Bishop Corletta Vaughn and Pastor Gilbert Vaughn are those people. The Vaughns have been married 30yrs. I have known them for the past 15yrs and in those 15yrs, I never had reason to doubt their devotion to one another. Yet, I will never underestimate the demands of ministry on any couple and The Vaughns are no exception. I admire Bishop Vaughn’s bravery in allowing everyone to see those difficulties. All married couples go through rough patches. My wife and I included. It was through one of these rough patches that I learned a valuable lesson. Old wounds and miscommunication can cause rifts and arguments. The important thing that you have to keep your focus on what you are fighting for. If you fighting for respect, pride, or to prove a point, I guarantee your marriage will end. If you fight for your marriage and your spouse, you will endure. Over the next few weeks, we will see Bishop Vaughn and her husband endure some difficulties. All married couples have dreams of prosperity and greatness. Yet we don’t consider the stress on a marriage quadruples when one or both become successful. I will be watching and praying we all learn a valuable lesson. Also, in the process, learning to value each other even more. Holla if your hear me.

– K. Greene

Preachers of Detroit: Motor City Ministry

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I admit I am not the biggest fan of reality television. I have avoided it since VH1’s “Flavor of Love” Shenanigans. Yet the American public can’t get enough of it. When Oxygen debuted “Preachers of L.A.”, my wife found her reality TV addiction. I joined her a few nights on the sofa and took in this look in on the lives of these preachers. These were legit preachers but for all their good deeds, It felt Hollywood, The Glitz and Glam of L.A. cast a bigger shadow over the cast itself. Enter “Preachers of Detroit”

Detroit is a city filled with hard workers who have fallen on the hardest of times. It’s times like this where people rely on their faith. Local pastors do their absolute best to bring their congregations the word of God and the Oxygen Network wants to introduce you to a few of them. Bishop Charles Ellis III, Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Pastor Tim Alden, Bishop Clarence Langston, Pastor Don William Shelby Jr., Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, and Pastor David Bullock. Each one bring their own individual style to delivering the word of God. For the people who attend their churches, this is the most important person in their lives.  These Preachers are Leaders, Mentors, and Guides in their path to salvation. The world is getting a peek at the lives of these Preachers in the coming weeks and what you will see will astound you. The first episode has already set the nation ablaze, Pastor Bullock’s stance on community responsibility and Bishop Vaughn’s battle against sexism in the church has audiences riveted! The City of Detroit itself is overjoyed at the national attention.

So I sat back and observed and read every ounce of media I could get my hands on related to the show. The results were interesting to say the least. TV critics and news media loved it. They see it as a bonafide hit sure to keep everyone talking. The faith based audience however,  is split.  Many don’t believe preachers should be on TV. Some don’t believe that Pastors should have Bentleys or mansions given the current state of the city. The Church of God In Christ denomination believes that no woman can hold the position of Bishop and has made their objections to Bishop Vaughn known. One would think that a show about preachers would have the full endorsement all believers of God, This couldn’t be further from the truth, I was saddened by this until I remembered those words in big letters in the back of Bishop Corletta Vaughn’s church. They read “Declaring War on Biblical Ignorance”. That is the purpose of this show. These Pastors will discuss each topic and give us a glimpse into their world and just maybe a few more eyes will be opened. I know mine will be every Friday evening,  Holla if you hear me!

 

– K. Greene