tca 2014 preachers of la season 2 gi 'Preachers of L.A.': Religion for the 'iPod generation' at the 2014 TV Press Tour

“Preachers of L.A.” is a rather odd reality show, considering that it focuses on Los Angeles-based ministers at the head of large congregations. Unlike so many reality series, “Preachers” doesn’t try to rip apart the lives of those featured.

That became especially clear during the 2014 TV Press Tour panel, previewing Season 2 of the program.

While part of the purpose of “Preachers of L.A.” is to, according to Pastor Jay Haizlip, “to show a part of our lives separate from what we preach on the pulpit.” Haizlip adds, however, “What I preach on the platform is what I live.”

Even when that’s not exactly the case, the ministers think that it’s OK to be less-than-perfect on-camera. “This gives us the opportunity to show the world the real. For so long, people have put preachers on pedestals,” explains Minister Deitrick Haddon. “God can use imperfect people to preach the gospel.”

In the end, a lot of what came up during the panel can be summed up as how technology affects religion. These men seem to love it. “You cannot have an 8-track ministry in an iPod generation,” Bishop Clarence McClendon says. “I believe in my heart that Jesus of Nazareth would be preaching through the medium of television.”

What else can be expected? The cast and producers promise more input from women (mostly the preachers’ wives) in addition to in depth looks at the congregations and their leaders.

Posted by:Laurel Brown