Some pastors even make their flock drink dangerous substances, such as rat poison or liquid cleaner.
In 2011 he purchased a former Edeka supermarket in Mülheim an der Ruhr, in the heartland of Germany's industrial region, and converted it into an evangelical house of worship: The House of Solution.A reverend from Ghana has turned a former supermarket in Germany into a church.He hopes to fill it with one of Germany's fastest growing faith groups: evangelicals.But the way Sackey Brown bounces around the stage is almost theatrical - even without understanding every word, you can tell when he's angling for a laugh, and he gets it every time. To that end, the church has proven popular with those who share a cultural heritage with Sackey Brown. For Berlin Insider Jan Kage, art is a kind of religion.So he founded his own church, rooted in ancient traditions, to celebrate the spiritual power of art.
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Other German evangelical churches, however, are enjoying steady growth.Though evangelicals account for only about 3 percent of the German population, they are an relatively devout group; the number of those who attend church regularly is comparable with the Protestants, one of Germany's two major faith groups, together with Catholics.But his good-news-only style isn't quite catching on. In just a decade, the number of evangelical Christians in Germany has doubled - and Ghana-born evangelical Rev.A choir fronted by a diva soloist leads the congregation through a medley of full-throated, multilingual hymns. ' The three-hour sermon is in English and, though there are headsets for simultaneous German, Spanish and Arabic translations, not many use them. They first encountered this style of worship when they were living in South Africa, and now The House of Solution serves as a sentimental touchstone.
This doesn’t mean the congregation's general level of English comprehension is strong - quite the contrary. The sense of home that The House of Solution offers means it has pride of place in Mülheim an der Ruhr where an otherwise marginalized immigrant population lives.
"It could be argued that the center of evangelical Christianity has shifted to the former colonial outposts through Africa and Central America.
As for whether the outposts can bring Christianity back to Europe, I doubt it," Karl Gabriel, a professor at the Institute of Christian Social Sciences at Westfälische Wilhelm’s University in Münster, told DW.
"The nature of evangelicalism in these parts is such that groups are constantly splintering into alternative denominations, each with such different styles, which makes it difficult for any one group to have a broad influence in a place like Europe which has been historically aligned with a centralized church." Where the Europeans spread Christianity with force and brutality in centuries past, Sackey Brown's personal style is chummy comedy and good vibrations. Thornier topics like sexual morality, gender roles, divorce, evolution and euthanasia are generally reserved for Bible study sessions and private consultations.
Sunday services kick off with Sackey Brown at the keyboard in a jazzy five-piece suit. German-born Manfred and Ulrike Sämisch, an older couple, say they like the spectacle of the service: "We're not like most Germans. We like new things." In German, Manfred Sämisch says, "I get the drift of what is being said, more or less. I like the singing, the music, the emotions." As Manfred and Ulrike Sämisch point out, they are very much an exception.