Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, on Sunday, the 19th of April, 2020, launched the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) online church services and over 6 million people joined it worldwide.
The move is an intelligent and timely response to the suspension of physical church meetings due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
Prophet Bushiri explains how his online church works.
“ECG Church Members and followers across the world become part of the church services through subscribing to Major 1 Connect, an Application which helps them joining the video conferencing hosted by Prophet Bushiri in his studios in South Africa.
“Through the video conferencing, those connected are able to interact with the Prophet, just like a normal physical church gathering. They are able to talk with the Prophet and, most important of it all, to pray with him as their number one prayer partner.
“The video conference is then broadcasted LIVE on Prophetic Channel Tv, You Tube, Facebook and Twitter handle of the church,” said Prophet Bushiri.
During the launch on Sunday about 7 000 connected directly through Major 1 Connect and over 6 million joined through connecting with live broadcasts on Prophet Channel Tv, You Tube and Facebook.
More than 25 000 people are expected to connect directly through Major 1 Connect in the coming service.
The ECG Church is happy with the innovation as it provides a platform of praise and worship that is safe, one that keeps people in their homes, in the wake of COVID-19.
“The live church services broadcasting will be conducted every Monday Diplomatic, Friday Midweek services from 20:00 CAT and Sunday Service from 10:00 in the morning,” Bushiri said.
The Major 1 Connect Application can be found on AppStore and Google Store.
When lockdown started in South Africa, Bushiri trended again following a video in which he encourages=d his followers to offer money to the church. Churches have turned to live-streaming their sermons amid the coronavirus outbreak that has seen tens of countries go into lockdown for over a month.
In the video, Bushiri urges his followers to deposit tithes and offerings in the church account.
He says in part: “There’s a church account I’m putting on the screen right now and I want you to put your offering in your church account. Put your offering, put your seed, put your tithe. Don’t hesitate, don’t listen to the devil, don’t listen to what people say, don’t listen to what your mind says.”
These were some of the other comments:
Imagine falling inlove with your soulmate only to find out she's a #Bushiri follower…. Yhoo
— It is What It Is. (@Sbuda_Love) April 6, 2020
#Bushiri people are saying they feel sorry for their followers mara nawe you once followed him… Not to mention your family members.
— KG (@kgotso_mozi) April 6, 2020
So much controversy around this man of GOD. Who am I to debate the realness of a Preacher. If they giving him money let them it's their money. Only GOD can judge him. HE knows better 💁. #day8oflockdown pic.twitter.com/pVsHBpv6I4
— LANDSCAPER /EDUCATOR (@DbongzButhelezi) April 6, 2020
— Rebone (@Rebone51028607) April 6, 2020