Haggard announces new church, invites members to his home

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"I don't expect to have another mega-church," Haggard said. "I'll be happy if just a few people join."

Haggard said he and his family plan to launch a church called St. James Church with a mission of "helping other people going through the most difficult times of their lives."

In 2006, Haggard was the president of the National Association of Evangelicals and the founder and pastor of New Life Church, which has more than 10,000 members. After 9Wants to Know uncovered a relationship between Haggard and male prostitute Mike Jones, Haggard admitted to buying meth from Jones and to "sexual immorality." He later stepped down from his role at New Life Church.

A launch party for Haggard's new church was planned at the Haggards' own home for Sunday at 10 a.m. At the party, Haggard says people can mingle, swim and jump on the family's trampoline.

The following weekend, a planning meeting was scheduled, again at the Haggard home, to determine about how many members the new church will have.

"I was not willing to let the scandal we faced be the final chapter of our lives," Haggard's wife, Gayle, said.

After the planning meeting, Haggard says the church will find a location.

Haggard did not rule out the possibility of a reality show about the new venture.

"There is a potential possibility for another documentary, similar to the one HBO did, so we'll see," Haggard said, adding that nothing was concrete.

Haggard says everyone is welcome to attend the party, mentioning Democrats, Republicans, Independents, gays, straights, the short and tall, specifically.

The church's first official service was scheduled for three weeks from Sunday.

(KUSA-TV © 2010 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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