In what is expected to be his biggest “Sunday Service” audience yet, rapper Kanye West will be joining megachurch pastor Joel Osteen at his Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, on Sunday for a conversation that promises to be epic.
Sources with knowledge of the planned appearance told TMZ that West is expected to chat with Osteen for about 20 to 30 minutes during the church’s 11 a.m. service.
“Our sources say Joel wants his congregation — which stands 45,000 strong — and his TV audience — which stands at 10 million in the U.S. alone — to hear how Kanye has overcome significant adversity in his life,” TMZ noted. “As one source put it, ‘Kanye used to be about nothing greater than himself. Now it’s all about a higher power.’”
The outlet further noted that both West and Osteen have been talking quite often recently, particularly since West has continued to profess his devotion to God.
Lakewood Church told KHOU 11 that they will release more details regarding West’s appearance later this week.
West started his popular Sunday Service events, which generally include prayer and live music, in January 2019. At the time, his wife, Kim Kardashian West, said her family was on a path to spiritual enlightenment.
The journey has since led to West’s recently released first faith-based album, Jesus Is King which has gone on to make history on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs and Hot Gospel Songs charts. The set opened at No. 1 on both the Top Christian Albums and Top Gospel Albums tallies (dated Nov. 9) with 264,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week (ending Oct. 31), according to Nielsen Music.
In a recent interview with radio DJ Zane Lowe, West explained how his faith journey inspired his new album.
“Now that I am in service to Christ, my job is to spread the Gospel. To let people know what Jesus has done for me,” West said. “And in that, I’m no longer a slave. I’m a son of God now. I’m free through Christ,” he said.