Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Pastor of Europe's Largest Church Hits Chicago

Ukraine-based pastor Sunday Adelaja, who has made international headlines for encouraging Christians to get involved in social and political campaigns, is bringing his message to the United States. The Nigeria-born pastor of Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations in Kiev will lead a one-day conference in Chicago on Nov 12, titled “The Return of the Kings,” which host pastor Gregory Lanre Ijiwola of The CityLight International Assembly hopes will stir Christians in his city to a higher level of civic involvement. “[The conference] is to stir up the pastors and laymen people in Chicago to the kingdom of God,” Ijiwola said. “We believe there is an apostolic grace [now]; this will help break the ground.” The pastor of Europe’s largest church, Adelaja has been called a revolutionary leader with an apostolic gift for the 21st century. He grew in prominence after encouraging his 10,000 members to join the Orange Revolution, which was marked by a series of protests in response to electoral fraud during Ukraine’s 2004 election and forced a second election. “If we don’t do anything as a church that is big enough to make a difference, posterity will not forgive us,” Adelaja said. “I feel it is the direct responsibility of the church to campaign for a good government and good leaders.” He will be the only speaker at the Chicago event, which is expected to draw several hundred pastors and lay leaders. –Felicia Mann

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