Preachers of Detroit

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality spin-off focuses on faith, tradition, change.

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Positive Messages

It highlights the culture and beliefs associated with evangelical Christian ministries in Detroit. Faith, family, and community also are themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The preachers featured are focused on family, community, and the greater good. 


Arguments break out between bishops, but all is forgiven in the end.


Virginity, sex, and abstinence are discussed. 


The word "hell" is audible. 


Yves Saint Laurent and other designer labels visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Most pastors refrain from smoking and drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the reality spin-off Preachers of Detroit shows some of the day-to-day activities of evangelical Christian ministers in Detroit, Michigan. There's some arguing, as well as discussions about virginity and sexism. Family, God, faith, and community also are major themes. If you enjoyed Preachers of LA, there's lots more drama, at home and behind the pulpit, to enjoy here. 

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What's the story?

PREACHERS OF DETROIT, a spin-off of the series Preachers of LA, depicts seven men and women who serve their faith and their Motown communities while balancing a life outside of church. It features Greater Grace Temple Senior Pastor Charles H. Ellis III, Pastor Tim Alden of the City of Praise Christian Church, Bishop-elect Clarence Langston, Pastor Don William Shelby Jr., and Pastor David Bullock. Rounding out the cast are two women, Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Senior Pastor of the Holy Ghost Cathedral, and three-time Grammy Award winner Dorinda Clark-Cole, who's an administrator at the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ. From struggling as a female church leader, to trying to live lives and raise families in ways that reflect a person's faith, the show explores the way these pastors are trying to serve their communities while serving God. 

Is it any good?

The series offers viewers a chance to see the business and culture of Detroit's Christian-based evangelical ministries, most of which are centered on the city's African-American communities. It also shows some of the traditions and values these ministries uphold, including some that are very patriarchal. 

Those unfamiliar with these religious communities may be taken back by the amount of wealth some of these preachers exhibit; Yves Saint Laurent and other high-end wardrobe items are often seen. Viewers also may be surprised by the rivalries between church leaders and their occasional lack of humility. Like its sister show, it succeeds at revealing the human side of people who are called to serve their faith. 

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  • Families can talk about what it's like to be an active leader or a member of a religious community. What are the expectations that come with it? Challenges? Are the way religions and religious communities are depicted in reality shows accurate? 

  • Families can talk about change in communities. What kinds of struggles do female preachers face on the show? 

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