Prophet Bushiri is now charging followers to watch his services online

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Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has received flack on social media for a video in which he is seen telling his followers to pay tithes and offerings. Image: Prophet Shepherd Bushiri via Facebook

Self proclaimed prophet and fraud accused Pastor Shepard Bushiri has launched an online worship service that will require congregants to fork out a monthly R80 subscription fee.

Bushiri, who caused a social media furore two weeks ago when he asked his followers to donate offerings to his controversial enterprise to sustain it during the nationwide lockdown, has now set up the self titled “Major 1 Connect” app, available everywhere.

Worshippers can ‘interact with Bushiri’
His church, the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) said that over six million people had jumped at the chance to interact with the prophet when the app was launched on Sunday 19 April.

These six million people are said to have watched the broadcast through streaming services, with 7 000 having logged into the app.

They said in a statement that followers would be permitted to some premium features, such as interacting directly with Bushiri through video conferencing.

“ECG Church Members and followers across the world become part of the church service 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,” they said.

“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.”

They said that the platform would allow devout followers of the church to continue to worship during the lockdown.

“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.”

Full digital pews
The feed is then streamed to live broadcasts on Bushiris in house broadcaster, Prophet Channel TV, as well as YouTube and Facebook.

The ECG believe that over 25 000 people will tune in through the app during the next Sunday broadcast, after 7 000 logged in to the app for the first session on Sunday.

Source: The South African