Bishop T.D. Jakes and The Potter's House recently announced that the ministry will not host a MegaFest 2007 conference. This year’s conference was faced with fewer participants than previous years a fact that Bishop Jakes touched on during the conference. It has been speculated by some that the low attendance may have contributed to the cancellation of the event.
The church family, partners and staff plan to take a year-long sabbatical from the conference, and offer the next MegaFest in 2008 at an undetermined location.
"We are working on a plan for MegaFest 2008 that will meet the needs of families around the world," says Bishop Jakes in a recent press release, "and we've decided that given more time we can plan more effectively for what we always believe are opportunities for God to move mightily. We will take a year-long sabbatical and strategically evaluate our plans for MegaFest 2008."
Separate conferences for men and women will be hosted by the ministry in 2007. The For Men Only conference, which debuted in 2006, will be held March 28-31, 2007. Bishop Jakes and his wife, Serita, will both host the first-ever For Ladies Only conference October 17-20, 2007. Both conferences are scheduled to take place at the luxurious Gaylord Texas Resort in Grapevine, Texas. More details will be made available as they are confirmed.
Bishop Jakes emphasizes his appreciation to the city of Atlanta. "Mayor Shirley Franklin and the citizens of Atlanta," says Bishop Jakes, "as well as the city's government, Georgia Dome, Georgia World Congress Center, Philips Arena, MARTA, the Convention and Visitors' Bureau officials, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues were gracious hosts. Over the years they have all worked in tandem and beyond our most ambitious expectations to make our conference attendees feel welcomed and their presence appreciated. On behalf of The Potter's House church family, our partners, staff, and friends, we extend our sincerest gratitude to the great city of Atlanta."