Explore the fascinating, mysterious, and sometimes dangerous world of evangelical Christianity, with host and creator Tara Jean Stevens. This documentary series focuses on different Pentecostal, and charismatic movements, one season at a time. Season 4 starts September 25th with a spotlight on the extreme beliefs and practices at the International House of Prayer, in Kansas City, Missouri.
In season 3, Tara Jean follows the Pentecostal spirit of revival to Nashville, Tennessee, where a once thriving church is up in flames and a mutilated body is found inside. In season 2, she examines the questionable teachings and spectacular spiritual practices of Bethel Church, in Redding, California. And, in season one, Tara Jean seeks to understand the “Toronto Blessing”, a movement she was raised in.
S4E1: The 24/7 Prayer Room
They pray 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the return of Jesus. What could possibly go wrong? Join Tara Jean Stevens for her exploration of the International House of Prayer, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Rachael Bailey was once on the cover of the Kansas City Star. The headline read: “Youth Cult”. But was it? This episode, Rachael shares her journey at the International House of Prayer.
God wanted Austin Williamson to be famous, according to some leaders at the International House of Prayer. Austin dishes to Tara Jean about his time on IHOP’s elite worship team, and his coming out journey.
It’s 2012, IHOPU student Bethany Deaton dies in a shroud of mystery. Tara Jean explores what really happened and how it put IHOP’s spiritual practises, leadership and culture into question.
S4E5: The Micahs
An exorcism? A false-murder confession? Rumours of a sex cult? Tara Jean explores the aftermath of Bethany Deaton's death. Also, a further spotlight on how IHOP leadership managed this crisis in their community.
Gracia dedicated 6 years to IHOP’s 24/7 prayer room. But, she has grievances about her time there, especially when it comes to how they handled her sexual assault claim. Also, on the final episode this season, the surprising person who is coming to Gracia’s defence
I binged all seasons of this podcast and really enjoyed them. Also learned some new terms. I hope these leaders of churches/cults and other worship places find their peace with God; their sin/real crimes simply cannot be justified by calling it of Jesus. Jesus was not prideful or whatever other profound issues these people suffer from.
Long overdue investigations into the mostly unexamined world of “create your own” evangelicalism. Stevens does her homework and deserves high praise for going where few dare. It is about time these “organizations” and charlatans were outed. We have seen the harm they do - to individuals - and now, to our nation.
Wow I am very unimpressed with how the Season 4 Bonus episode was handled!!! You spliced the conversation…how do we know what really happened? We didn’t hear the whole thing, only what you wanted us to hear. I was very impressed with your podcast before now and your objective reporting, but now, after this, it feels like you are out searching for something to fit your narrative instead of letting the narrative play out itself. I was truly grieved by Gracia’s story. You should have left it there. Instead you used this video to suit your purpose which, for me, has lost the strength of so much of what you were trying to do in your podcast.