Rick Warren & Ed Young Introduce Clothing Line at “The Gap”

Orginally published on Friday, March 10, 2006 at 8:49 AM
by Todd Rhoades

WarrenyoungPastors Rick Warren of Saddleback Community Church (Lake Forest, CA) and Ed Young of Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX) have announced a new joint business venture:  a new clothing line to be featured nationally at "The Gap".

"By combining the standard hawaiian shirts made popular by Rick Warren and the hip, culturally relevent style of Ed Young, we think we have a hit," said Gap VP of merchandising Peg Winterhaven.  "We expect inventory to be tight as pastors swarm The Gap to purchase these new designs."  An initial order of 300,000 units has been purchased from suppliers.

Purpose-Driven Life author Rick Warren says he's delighted with the designs.  "You know, it's not about me... but if it was, I'd purchase one of each design just because they're so cool."  Warren says he's giving the proceeds from shirt sales to AIDS relief among alcoholic un-wed mothers off the coast of Uganda.

Pastor Ed Young, pastor of the large Dallas-area mega-church, says the new clothing line will make his life much easier.  "Now when people ask me where I get my shirts, I can tell them 'where to go'".

Not to be outdone by his son, the Rev. Ed Young, Sr., pastor of the huge Second Baptist Church of Houston, said he is in the final stages of closing a deal for his own clothing line with The Men's Warehouse.  Details are pending.

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  • Posted by

    Now that is what I call a fashion statement man… Are they going to call it “The Purpose Culture Clothing Line”.. I know,I know… Don’t be funny right… That was a little dry…

  • Posted by

    Gotta get me some so I’ll be relevant and my church will grow!

  • Posted by

    I do so hope this is our Friday joke.

  • Posted by Todd Rhoades

    Yeah, Sarangel… just my LAME attempt at humor.  smile


  • Posted by

    I should have known - it’s still early for me.  And besides, Ed’s shirts aren’t usually that bad. smile

  • Posted by Matt Stanley

    I love the “quote” by Warren…

    “It’s not about me...”

  • Posted by

    Each shirt is made from five different colors of fabric, symbolizing the five purposes of the church…

  • Posted by

    I wonder if they come with flip flops too.

  • Posted by Randy Ehle

    RW - the new OP!

  • Posted by

    Will those shirts make me look fat?

  • Posted by

    These shirts will make me look PHAT!!

  • Posted by

    Bishopdave: No they won’t. I just checked it out dude. They are getting intouch with Don Ho to start a collection that has a tummy tucker in them....

  • Posted by

    Clair, you may note have noted bishopdave’s intentional use of the word ‘phat’ instead of ‘fat’--read: snowboard lingo for ‘cool’.  But tummy tuckers are a good idea… wink

  • Posted by

    That is very considerate of them to put out a line of clothing that will match anything their wives wear as every color is included in each shirt!

  • Posted by

    Hey, I think we should cover all the bases here… How about one of those hotly debated “hell sucks” t-shirts underneath a Benny Hinn no-collar shirt left unbuttoned. Gotta have some shorts and flip-flops to complete the look. I hear the Gap has a deal going – buy the whole “Pastor’s Pack” and get a free holster for your Holy Spirit Machine Gun.

  • Posted by

    I was on my way to thew Gap to put my order in… then I realized it was Friday...When will it ever end!!??

  • Posted by

    I don’t know.  I am underwhelmed and a little worried.  This type of marketing in some circles will draw criticism from some groups within the church ... I know we are to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.  But, I don’t live in Southern California or South Texas where this is probably the normal “business attire.” Please, I am not being overly negative...just a little concerned.

    On the business side...Go Ed & Rick!  This is a good marketing move.

  • Posted by

    i don’t know what this is all about but these type of fashion is a common thing among the Congo people in Africa.They really love those shirts.

  • Posted by

    Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.  (WEB)

    And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  (ASV)

    And let not your behaviour be like that of this world, but be changed and made new in mind, so that by experience you may have knowledge of the good and pleasing and complete purpose of God.  (BBE)

    And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  (DBY)

    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  (KJV)

    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.  (WBS)

    And do not follow the customs of the present age, but be transformed by the entire renewal of your minds, so that you may learn by experience what God’s will is--that will which is good and beautiful and perfect.  (WEY)

    and be not conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, for your proving what ‘is’ the will of God—the good, and acceptable, and perfect.  (YLT)

  • Posted by Todd Rhoades

    Hey Gee,

    It’s a joke!  Lighten up… it’s not true.  Total satire.

    Besides, seriously… how would this shirt be ‘conforming to the world’?


  • Posted by

    1 John 2:15-16 (New American Standard Bible)

    Do Not Love the World
    15Do not love (A)the world nor the things in the world (B)If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    16For all that is in the world, (C)the lust of the flesh and (D)the lust of the eyes and (E)the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

    The Second Book of Peter, Chapter 3

    Knowing this first, that in the last days there shall come
    deceitful scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
    4 Saying:  Where is his promise or his coming?  for since the
    time that the fathers slept, all things continue as they were
    from the beginning of the creation.
    5 For this they are wilfully ignorant of, that the heavens were
    before, and the earth out of water, and through water,
    consisting by the word of God.
    6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water,
    7 But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word
    are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of
    judgment and perdition of the ungodly men.
    8 But of this one thing be not ignorant, my beloved, that one
    day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years
    as one day.
    9 The Lord delayeth not his promise, as some imagine, but
    dealeth patiently for your sake, not willing that any should
    perish, but that all should return to penance.
    10 But the day of the Lord shall come as a thief, in which the
    heavens shall pass away with great violence, and the elements
    shall be melted with heat, and the earth and the works which
    are in it, shall be burnt up.
    11 Seeing then that all these things are to be dissolved, what
    manner of people ought you to be in holy conversation and

  • Posted by Todd Rhoades

    Oh… not sure how I missed that before.



  • Posted by

    I’m with Todd.... It’s a Joke! 


  • Posted by

    I know we all need a good laugh now and then.  When focusing on “Church Work” constantly, which is the case when you hold a position in most organized, business-like, churches....the supposed “traditional” /post modern church........one is prone to burn-out without a little levity.  I think Gee’s concern is that there always needs to be a true word spoken somewhere in the mix to prevent a “misconstruing” of the intent. I’m certain that is what Gee intended to help out with.  It’s certainly all about the Love of our heavenly Father.....which includes a readiness to speak the truth whenever He leads us to, and the ability to laugh at ourselves within God’s merciful embrace, while on this Journey...just like Jesus.

  • Posted by

    I want to know why we have to keep shipping our money overseas.  Can’t Rick or Ed find needy children (even orphans whose parents died from AIDS)?  We have so many foster children who need placement in good loving homes.  We have so many starving children right here in the Midwest anyway (I’m sure there are 4 or 5 hungry ones in Texas or California).

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