Two of the world’s best-known TV ministers recently got together in Houston for an event that was literally the first of its kind at Lakewood Church.

Pastor Joel Osteen asked Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas to preach. So why is that such a big deal and how did it happen? We talked to both mega-ministers about how they got together in this exclusive interview.

A funny thing happened on the way to the service. Jakes called Osteen, hoping to get Lakewood to host a men’s conference. A quick tour turned into an all-day session.

“We talked about how he got started and how he prepares messages and things like that,” said Osteen. “But other than that, we just had fun.”

They’d known each other for years, but not well.

“I have always loved him from afar and prayed for him, as he rose to the office of assuming his father’s mantle,” said Jakes. “I watched from a distance and prayed for him and imagined that it was my son. I was praying for him like he was a little kid, you know.”

“But you know, you all aren’t that different in age. He’s a few years older than you, but yet you seem to feel as though he’s almost like a father figure instead of an older brother,” I said.

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