Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Rev. Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer overcame a background of sexual and emotional abuse to build one of the largest Christian ministries in the world.

She is also a bestselling author of more than 90 books, includingBattlefield of the Mind, Never Give Up, and Eat the Cookie…Buy the Shoes.

Her ministry has been the subject of controversy, however, and

she was one of six Word of Faith preachers investigated by U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R, Iowa) in 2007 for their lavish lifestyles. Since that time, Meyer has reduced her and her husband’s salaries and relies more on royalties from her books. She has also increased the financial transparency of Joyce Meyer Ministries.

Did God Make Joyce Meyer Rich–or Did Her Donors?

Like several other Word of Faith preachers, Joyce Meyer lives large on things supplied by the ministry: a private jet, a luxurious home for her and each of her four grown children, expensive cars, and an opulent headquarters building adorned with costly furnishings.1

A 2003 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article detailed some of the office trappings:

The decor includes a $30,000 malachite round table, a $23,000 marble-topped antique commode, a $14,000 custom office bookcase, a $7,000 Stations of the Cross in Dresden porcelain, a $6,300 eagle sculpture on a pedestal, another eagle made of silver bought for $5,000, and numerous paintings purchased for $1,000 to $4,000 each.2

Meyer told the Post-Dispatch that her home, a 10,000 square foot Cape Cod with a swimming pool and guest house, was no different from a parsonage that many churches supply to their pastor.3 She makes no apologies for her lifestyle, saying she has obeyed God and done his work and that he has made her rich as a reward.

Critics, such as Ministry Watch and the Trinity Foundation, say such finery has no place in a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. Meyer’s ministry came under investigation by Senator Grassley in 2007 with five other Word of Faith preachers: Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, and Paula White.

At the conclusion of the probe, Meyer joined the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, a respected group with high standards for financial transparency and independent governing boards.

 

Comments

  1. Joyce Meyer has been blessed. I believe her lifestyle helps her in her ministry. I feel sure she needs the ability to get across the country or even the world to speak. She needs a place to entertain, too. She has made a difference in so many lives. If people choose to give back, let them. Politicians sure do.

  2. “$23,000 marble-topped antique commode” – I’m wondering how many clean, drinking water wells, mosquito netting, etc could have been provided with the same 23k that was “invested” in this um……… commode. I can see needing some security personnel, a home to entertain in and be safe in, but I’m having difficulty imagining the people mentioned, “selling all that they have and giving it to the poor”. 😦 Peace.

  3. Reblogged this on Walk On and commented:
    Hi everyone,
    Here is a woman who has overcome much and is now shaping lives of others.
    Ciao,
    Patricia

  4. Joyce Meyer has been a positive influence in many lives. I believe God has blessed her. I see that when the controversy over finances was all brought to her attention she chose to do the right thing, reduce her salary, make her finances more transparent and be more accountable. This is a refreshing change from government officials who continue extravagent spending at the expense of the taxpayers.

  5. This is a very interesting personality. Thank you for sharing!

  6. I love Joyce Meyer. Great post.

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