So You Think You Can Preach is a reality-based television show seeking to find great preachers who believe they are called but have not yet had an opportunity to preach. Auditions for the show will begin on Oct. 3, 2015, in Dearborn Heights, MI. According to the show’s creator, Bishop Cashma Bryan, the goal is to provide an on-air platform for the top non-licensed individuals who really think they can preach and allow viewers to vote and select the “ultimate” preacher.
Reportedly, lay preachers by the hundreds have applied to appear on a new reality show in hopes of winning the grand prize of $25,000, a new car and a lifetime opening at the pulpit of at least two unnamed mega churches. Bryan is the pastor of the Holiness Church of Jesus Christ in the Apostles Doctrine in Northwest Detroit. The doctrine of his church focuses primarily on Oneness Pentecostalism, however, the show is not limited to any particular style of preaching.
In order to apply applicants must first meet the age criteria of 16 to 35 and believe they are called to preach prior to submitting a sample video along with their application. The website states the target audience of the show, which has yet to be picked up by a network, will be Christians who attend churches where “the Bible’s gospel message is preached.” So You Think You Can Preach show producers believe many people have dreams of becoming the next T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar or Joel Osteen but have never received the opportunity to prove themselves; this is their chance.
The show’s creator is expecting So You Think You Can Preach to be a religious type of American Idol, but for preachers instead of singers. As soon as the show’s website launched with the hopes of gaining contestants, Bryan was blown away by the response. He added:
I think we have gone over a 1000 applications so far and we have not even blasted it on YouTube yet. It has taken me by surprise just to see how it has exploded in such a short time so this tells me it is going to be a great show.
Bryan said he anticipates critics but knows the idea was inspired by God. So You Think You Can Preach came to the pastor in a vision. Initially, it was for a talent based show, but one day the thought about preaching popped in his head and the concept for the show was born. He shared the idea with work colleagues and collectively, Christians and non-Christians, said it was a great idea which seemed exciting.
The pastor believes the show will help up and coming ministers perfect their craft and understand the processing of preaching. The art of sharing the gospel message is more than speaking in microphone, according to Bryan, and many have the misconception that it is a joke and they can get behind the pulpit and basically say anything. The reality show’s creator said:
People need to be edified and so I am hoping when people get on national TV and judges watch them perform they will understand the process of preaching better.
Bryan is reportedly working with several “unnamed” megachurches and partners. He intends to release a trailer for the show in approximately two weeks which will be aired on YouTube. The idea has angered many in the Christian community who believe this will be a mockery of their faith which is based on ratings and not content.
Many individuals are excited for the opportunity to speak on the reality show. Even if they do not win the grand prize, So You Think You Can Preach will put them in front of many viewers and provide an opportunity for each contestant to receive future speaking engagements. Bishop Bryan is prepared for people who have no understanding of the show’s concept to deny the idea came from God but believes the show will speak for itself and the truth will be seen. Applications are currently being received and the first audition is set to take place on Oct. 3 in Dearborn Heights, MI.
by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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