NEW JERSEY (FOX 5 NEWS) - On a recent night in Newark, the Prudential Center was transformed into a mega-church. Lights, cameras, and a Christian rock band warmed up the 14,000 faithful. The crowd was waiting eagerly for famed Texas televangelist Joel Osteen.
Backstage, Osteen and I had a rare few quiet moments before he started the three-hour service that resembles a Broadway production.
Osteen at 53 has 4 million Twitter followers and is easily one of the most well-known pastors in America. His broadcasts from the Lakewood Church in Houston each Sunday reaching more than 100 million homes in the United States and millions more in 100 countries around the world.
You won't hear Devil and damnation or fire and brimstone in his ministry. This popular pastor is known for preaching the gospel of positivity.
It is a family affair on this stop in Newark on the night of hope tour. Victoria, his wife, often joins Joel on stage. His two children sing with the band.
Osteen's father started the church in 1959 after his father died suddenly of a heart attack. Joel says he knew inside it was his turn.
Osteen says he wants people to know their best days are still in front of them, that god is good, and that there is something bright in their future. The message resonated with this audience on that night in Newark.