“A new documentary is threatening to expose the financial secrets of some of the nation’s biggest Black churches.
Black Church, Inc. is said to be an eye-opening expose about controversial issues clouding the church including “love offerings” (cash payments given to ministers), financial abuse and the deification of the mega-church pastor, all while asking… “is prayer-for-profit moral?”
According to the press release, viewers will learn about how the days of working class preachers, who didn’t expect financial gain in exchange for spiritual guidance, are gone. A new breed of pastors has emerged: the mega-pastor – one who aims to sell their religious brand and get rich off the gospel.
The film compares the black church’s origins to its modern day cultural relevance, and focuses on modern mega-churches, as well as asking hard-hitting questions about service vs. the extravagant lifestyles of its multi-million dollar ministers and ministries. As the nation attempts to bounce back from a recession, mega-churches continue to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fund their pastors’ exorbitant lifestyles.
Through interviews with clergy members, politicians, community leaders and journalists, Black Church, Inc. explores whether the preachers, parishioners or communities are the benefactors of the millions of tax-free revenue generated by religious organizations.
Black Church, Inc. attempts to justify the dichotomy of the profits of prophets. It takes a look at pastors who are seen as activists including Rev. Taharka Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton and Pastor Raphael Warnock, as well as other pastors such as Rev. Eddie Long, Rev. Creflo Dollar and Rev. T.D. Jakes.
Black Church, Inc. will be released on June 30, 2014″