For Chaney Jr., being an effective pastor doesn’t solely rest on one’s charisma or delivery. Any sermon on the proverbial mount may bring the message across, but faith is a shared experience and when pastors relate their struggles while preaching the gospels, that bond can only grow stronger.
“Any pastor worth his salt has experienced brokenness in some phase in their life,” says Chaney Jr. “They’ve been broken down to the point where nothing else satisfies that inner hunger but God. I think that’s why people relate to the best pastors around. It may not be just their delivery style or their innovation in ministry – people realize that (pastors) have been broken by the same things that they are experiencing. That goes a long way and that’s what resonates with most people.”
I asked Pastor Wayne Chaney Jr. about the mentors he seeks for advice. Click on the media bar below for his answer:
Season two of Preachers of L.A. begins tonight (Oxygen, 10 pm et/pt)
Grammy winning singer Michelle Williams and gospel singer/pastor Deitrick Haddon (Preachers of L.A.) spearhead Oxygen’s new series Fix My Choir which, if the title suggests, will bring new harmonies and a reinvigorated attitude to various choirs in need of direction.
“It goes way beyond the music,” says Haddon. “People have learned how to harmonize and sing over their issues in a choir. And there are a lot of issues in a choir. That’s the beautiful thing about it – we’ve been able to confront their demons and become better singers.”
For Michelle Williams, her journey as a singer was obviously shaped by her family and choir, but it also took certain individuals to nurture her passion and drive. Click on the audio bar to hear the Destiny’s Child member and solo artist (Journey to Freedom comes out September 9) talk about how the song “Reach Out And Touch” marked a formative stage in her life. In the clip, Haddon also elaborates how talent shows and performing the Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney track “Say, Say, Say” gave him early confidence as a singer.
Fix My Choir premieres this fall on Oxygen.
Pastor Jay Haizlip has gained his share of fame for his participation in the docu-series Preachers of L.A., and one would expect that momentum to continue with the August 20 premiere of the show’s second season.
Balancing his life as a family man and as the lead pastor of The Sanctuary in Orange County (Ca.), Haizlip has his share of responsibilities. Still, his life’s mission originates from a spiritual place. “Having God changed my life,” said Haizlip, who’s a former professional skateboarder. “I struggled with addiction and just a lot of setbacks in my life and God radically changed me.”
Even though Haizlip spends his days spreading the word of Jesus Christ, life is not a one sided conversation. I asked Haizlip to talk about colleagues he seeks for advice and comfort, and click on the audio clip below to hear his answer (Pastor Wayne Chaney can also be heard in the background):
Season two of Preachers of L.A., which also features Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson, and Minister Deitrick Haddon, premieres August 20.