Jamal Bryant: “The Preaching Leader”

These snippets are excerpted from the full article available here.

For years now, he has been an in-demand speaker at churches across the country and is the pastor of empowerment temple in Baltimore, Maryland. But, in recent years, followers have come to appreciate the diversity of this leader and his impact on social issues of our day. Like Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth before him, Pastor Bryant continues in the tradition of preachers who are leaders on social issues for the black community as well.

GT: Speaking of social justice, we’re seeing that more and more coming to the forefront of your ministry. If that’s the case, what is your reason for doing that and what is your drive for doing so?

JB: I think many people only have a snapshot of my personality and my character by virtue of TBN or The Word Network and don’t know the full spectrum of who I am. Before I was pastoring, I was National Youth & College Director of the NAACP. In college I studied abroad in South Africa working for the ANC for Nelson Mandela’s first election. So, you can’t really define somebody’s ministry in a 28-minute show. I think now the public is being introduced to parts of my personality that they were not aware of previously.

GT: What advice do you have for overcoming adversity?

JB: The best piece of advice is knowing that adversity is always transitional. I recently read that the best thing you can ever do is become sad because when you become sad it makes you think about what you need to change. Sometimes when you hit rock bottom, it re-adjusts your purpose and your gauge.

Everything about the gospel—everything about Jesus Christ—is about a comeback. There is no comeback without the Resurrection. If he can go all the way to death and comeback from that, whatever circumstance the readers are going through, there’s the possibility of a rebound.