Preachers of L.A.
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Ministering reality show has mature themes, luxury brands.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The idea that people can transform from a difficult path to one of virtue is reinforced, as is the role of God and religion in this kind of change. Wealth and material possessions seem to go hand-in-hand with ministerial work for some.
Positive Role Models
The preachers and their partners are regular, flawed people who believe in God and lead praise and worship. Many of them have very troubled pasts.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the preachers work with gang members; occasionally they carry guns for protection. Shootings and death is discussed. Arguments occasionally break out between family members and the preachers themselves. Threats and stalking are issues for at least one preacher who is in the public eye.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The eagerness of women to date or marry a preacher in the ministry community is discussed. References are made to adultery, getting pregnant out of wedlock, abortion, and other mature issues.
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Products & Purchases
Bentleys, Cadillacs, Ferraris, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rovers, and other luxury cars visible. Apple computers are visible. Clothing labels like Adidas, Ed Hardy, and others visible. Featured churches include international ministries like the Full Harvest International Church and City of Refuge.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol consumption (wine, beer) is occasionally visible. Ministers talk about their addictions to drugs and alcohol before becoming preachers.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Preachers of L.A. is a reality series that features leaders and worshippers of evangelical Christian ministries. There's lots of religion and faith-based themed conversations, as well as references to mature issues like gang violence, drug addiction, adultery, and having children out of wedlock. Arguments sometimes break out between church leaders, and wine and cocktails are occasionally consumed during social events. There's lots of high-end luxury cars (Bentleys, Cadillacs, Mercedes-Benz), and logos for Apple computers and other brands visible, too.
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What's the Story?
PREACHERS OF L.A. is a reality series that follows the activities of some of the most notable leaders of Los Angeles area-based Christian ministries. The cast is headed up by Deitrick Haddon, a minister and Grammy-nominated gospel singer who is restarting his ministry career after falling from grace from his church after a controversial divorce and subsequent relationship. It also stars former gang member-turned preacher Bishop Ron Gibson; Bishop Noel Jones, a preacher who enjoys the single life; and partying skateboarder-turned-pastor Jay Haizlip. Pastor Wayne Chaney and internationally renown bishop Clarence McClendon are also featured. From risking their safety by ministering in troubled communities, to hosting major show-stopping prayer services around the world, these men show that being a preacher is a full-time job, and one that is complicated and multidimensional.
Is It Any Good?
Preachers of L.A. offers an inside look at the business and culture of Southern California-based evangelical ministries, in which preachers are often treated like celebrities, and where services often look like major Hollywood-like productions. It also reveals some of the roles the preachers' wives or "first ladies" play in the community, as well as the various ways that these preachers combine their spiritual calling with their entrepreneurial skills to make a living.
Some of the more voyeuristic moments feel forced as the preachers (and on occasion their partners) specifically discuss controversial issues, like charging for ministry services, having an entourage, and the lengths to which women will go to get a preachers' attention. Viewers might be surprised by some of the ministers' opulent lifestyles, too. Ultimately, what this show reveals is that despite the fact that these preachers answer to a higher power, they are also very human.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what it is like to be a leader (or spouse or child of a leader) of a religious community. What are the expectations that people have about their behaviors or lifestyles? How does media depictions of people in ministry life impact our expectations? Are these standards too high?
Does this series offer a realistic picture of what ministry life is really like? Does what you see here represent all evangelical ministries?
- Premiere date: October 9, 2013
- Cast: Deitrick Haddon, Jay Haizlip, Ron Gibson
- Network: Oxygen
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: December 8, 2022
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