He is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church, which was founded by his late father John Osteen.
Today, Lakewood stands as the largest and fastest growing church in America.
CP: At what age did you begin talking to your children about marriage and dating? Vickie and I began talking to our children about marriage and dating between the ages of 14-present!
CP: What traits, qualities, and actions have you advised your children to look for in a potential spouse and why?
One pastor’s wife told us that her role was like getting a job for which she never applied.
She wrote this funny script in her response: Husband: “Honey, I got you a job today.” Wife: “Really? I have plenty to do here running the household and raising the kids. Me stay home with the kids so you could fully dedicate yourself to the ministry.” Husband: “Yeah, yeah.
Carrington: A man or woman of God is actively growing in Christ (different from a church attender), who bases decisions through the lens of Jesus.
Someone who is loving, wise, kind, minimal baggage, fun, effective communicator, pride-less, a leader, a pure or recycled virgin.CP: What advice would you give parents about when to talk about these issues and what to say?Carrington: With the way things are moving at a faster pace in society these days, the media and society is making an impression on dating and marriage at a much younger age. With this in mind, I would say that 13 is a good time to begin having discussions around these topics.It's important to look for qualities that are sustainable, because that is what will last.CP: How did your advice or approach differ from what you told your daughters to what you told your son?But I really need you take this job for me.” Wife: “Well, okay, just tell me what to do and when it needs to be done by, and I will do everything I can to make it happen.” Husband: “Well, right now there are no specific responsibilities. Things are always tight around here on a pastor’s salary.