Power Team

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This article is about the Evangelical Christian Ministry. For the cartoon show, see The Power Team (TV series).
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The Power Team is a group of Christian Evangelists, based in Dallas, Texas, who incorporate their preaching with displays of strength and martial arts skills. They were founded in the late 1970s by John Jacobs.[1] Their performances, usually taped at large megachurches, were broadcast on TBN and other Christian television stations in the United States in the late 1980s.

History[edit]

The Power Team often conducts performances in venues such as schools, to encourage audiences from outside church communities.[2] As performances in public schools could not discuss religion, these performances instead promote social responsibility and abstention from drugs and alcohol.[3] The group's promotional material indicated that it presented a "message that strengthens and restores the family."[4]

Power Team leader John Jacobs divorced his wife, Ruthanne in May 2000, which was followed by numerous members leaving the Power Team to form a new ministry, Team Impact.[4] In 2002 the Power Team filed for bankruptcy protection.[5]

TV appearances[edit]

In 1999, The Power Team portrayed themselves in "The Principal" episode of Walker, Texas Ranger to motivate a high school of wayward students.[6][7]

The Power Team briefly appeared in a July 22, 2008 episode of America's Got Talent performing stunts including running through 2x4s bursting into flames and running head and shoulders first into an 8-foot wall of ice. Host Piers Morgan remarked, "You must be bonkers." The team was not selected to go on to the semi-finals.[citation needed] They also appeared on The American Bible Challenge on GSN.

Documentary[edit]

In 2004, an independent team of documentary filmmakers began filming The Power Team. The film, titled "Born Again: The Power Team Story", chronicles the 30-year history of the team, as well as the familial, emotional, spiritual and physical sacrifices they make to preach the gospel. Directed by Matthew Luem, produced by James L Reid & Scarlett Lam, filmed by Chaz Zelus, and written by Greg Fiering, the feature-length documentary was slated for release in 2015. However, as of October 2016, the film has not yet been released.

Media[edit]

  • John Jacobs & The Power Team - 1990 Frontline Records, 1 hour VHS video (V09085)
  • John Jacobs & The Power Team - 1990 Frontline Records, CD (CD09085) & Cassette (C09085)


References[edit]

  1. ^ Higgs, Robert J. (1995). God in the Stadium: Sports and Religion in America. University Press of Kentucky. p. 10. ISBN 0-8131-0853-5. 
  2. ^ Journal Star, July 2004 http://journalstar.com/lifestyles/faith-and-values/coming-on-strong-power-team-lifts-weights-and-spirits/article_dbe77b67-99ce-59f4-b994-d0c0e5891228.html
  3. ^ Farthing, Gina (August 26, 2008). "The Power Team has a mighty message for today's students". The News Virginian. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  4. ^ a b Butcher, Andy (2000-10-31). "'Power Team' Founder Jacobs Divorces". Charisma. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Walker, Texas Ranger: The Principal". TV.com. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  7. ^ "Power Team Invading PHS For Two Shows". Nevada County Picayune. April 12, 2000. Archived from the original on March 21, 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 

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