What we do
- Media Ministry
- Kids Zone Group
- Youth Power Group
- Caleb Group
- The Sisterhood
- Why go to this Church
The most effective way the UCKG leads people to a true Christian faith is through church meetings. In a casual environment, services focus on one speaking to God, rather than repeating a written prayer or watching a singing performance.
The prayers are spoken out-loud, expected to come from the heart, relevant to the moment, informal not intimidating, and easy to join in.
The typical weekly schedule of the church:
|Tuesday||Prayer for healing|
|Thursday||Prayer for family and marriage|
|Sunday||Prayer to connect with God|
Services are held three times a day at all.
The Helpline is a free service of the UCKG which is open to members, visitors and the general public. It provides counseling, encouragement, advice, prayer, and an invitation to attend.
The UCKG helpline is high-lighted in TV programs, flyers, websites, and newspaper ads of the UCKG, around the US. The majority of calls received are
from people seeking guidance and/or prayer for a problem. (e.g depression, suicidal thoughts, family problems)
Call attendants include trained Pastors, assistants and/or church members. In the United States, the helpline receives over 100,000 calls per year.Media Ministry
The UCKG works with several media outlets to reach people around the US. In order to reach a broader audience for the sake of the gospel, Television programs and websites are used.
Programs air on different days, at different times across the country. They encourage viewers to call and receive more information. Ultimately, the programs prompt watchers to come and receive prayer in person.
TV programs of the UCKG do not consist of pre-recorded sermons given during church services. The Pastor speaks directly to viewers in an understandable everyday language.
Another major evangelistic tool is the Internet. The UCKG has a wide variety of websites for US and other countries around the world. Social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, are also used to engage members and visitors in uplifting and spiritual messages during their everyday routine.
The Universal Church has several groups available to help people connect with others and also work in the community. Creating camaraderie while reaching out, all groups are positive and beneficial to participants as well as those they help.
The Kids Zone group provides care to babies and toddlers, and lessons to school-age children during services. Group members are composed of voluntary female assistants. The focus of the group is to teach children good principles of honesty, responsibility, treating others kindly, and other positive principles. Practical to everyday life, they can apply the faith-based teaching at home, school and wherever they go. To accomplish this, they are engaged in lessons, fun activities, games and such.
The UCKG strongly believes in the strength and potential of young people.
In the United States, the Youth Power Group (YPG) exists to set them on an exciting, productive and lifelong journey with God.
Young people from the ages of 14 to 24 are welcome. Youths who attend can expect to receive no nonsense advice that challenges them to be better. The YPG also involves them in worthwhile and fun activities such as: sports events, song competitions, dance and drama.
Creating a positive environment, it emphasizes fun without the need of wrongdoing. The YPG is an active advocate against drugs and violence, and can be found in almost every Universal Church.
The Caleb Group focuses on reaching out to the elderly members and visitors of the Church. Group leaders organize and plan events for senior citizens who at times live alone or have very little social interaction. Senior members who attend feel involved and overall happier taking part in the social and fun activities such as: movie nights, Bingo, make-overs and more.
The Sisterhood is open to all young women in the church to apply. Its goal is to challenge young women to become better daughters, students, wives, and people. This is accomplished through tasks, positive advice, and help in all areas including: style, family life, the future, etiquette and so on. The Sisterhood paves a path for young women to reach their full potential.
The Universal Church believes strongly in connecting directly to God without religion (i.e. formal religious ceremonies) getting in the way. Man-made religious traditions and practices found in many Christian denominations are bypassed.
This frees members to get close to God in an informal and relaxed environment where they can focus on what God is saying.
The UCKG does not add to or take away from the Holy Bible, but makes it relevant and applicable to modern day life, so that it is more meaningful to members.
The Church is highly adaptive, listening to and identifying the needs of its members. People who attend the UCKG are likely to get more from their church. They benefit from practical help and guidance through the church’s many outreach activities as well as prayer, counseling, and spiritual support.
The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ involves timeless transformations. The UCKG believes true Christianity is apparent through changes in the lives of those who profess a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Through the years, the UCKG has seen thousands of lives restored. In the next few pages we include just a few examples.
Alan Clayton came to The Universal Church in a spiritual and physical state of mayhem. A sex and rage addict, he had gone to the extreme of both to appease his addictions. Alan used and slept with many women, he had an affair with a transvestite, and fantasized of mutilating women. On the other hand, his rage peaked in the streets of California. If cut off, he chased cars seeking revenge. On one occasion Alan smashed someone’s windshield with a bat.
A sado-masochist, he came to a point in which he wanted to catch AIDS and die. After he and his last girlfriend broke up. Seansay, today Alan’s wife, was an insomniac with fibromyalgia. Up late one night, she watched the TV program of the UCKG. Soon after, Seansay and Alan started attending Friday’s deliverance meetings. They realized there was something behind their troubles. Attending, they learned how to use their faith to fight against the root of the problem. Little by little they changed, until the sex addiction, rage, sickness, and insomnia went away.
Today they have a meaningful relationship with God, freedom, a happy marriage, and peace.
Before attending the UCKG Daniel had apparently a perfect life. He was a good Christian with a good job in the medical field, a nice car, his own apartment, and lots of friends. But inside there was emptiness. He was unhappy and depressed.
Daniel started attending The Universal Church because of his girlfriend. Little by little he began to apply the teachings and as a result saw changes. He learned how to overcome depression, and defeated it with his faith. Seeking answers in God, he became a truly happy and transformed person. Soon after Daniel got married and enrolled in a course to finally graduate as a Doctor and general practitioner.
Using his faith, Daniel conquered the position of his dreams after being chosen from 10 graduated doctors, though he hadn’t graduated yet.
Today Dr. Daniel Van Santen has credibility, his own practice, a happy marriage, joy and a fruitful faith in God.
At 19, Argentina developed 2 large wounds on her leg. She could barely sleep and ached with pain day and night. For 5 years Argentina suffered with a rotting leg. Bedridden, her mother sold all their possessions to afford her hospital stay, but nothing helped. The final solution was to amputate her leg. Fed up with pain Argentina agreed, though she had to wait for her mother’s consent. She had to come and sign papers.
One day, as she waited at the ward, two ladies from the UCKG came to pray for the sick. They offered to pray for her; afterward, Argentina believed Jesus had healed her. That night she slept soundly for the first time in 5 years, with no pain. The next day she didn’t want her leg amputated anymore. She believed God would heal her entirely. So she decided to start attending church. Soon after, the pain and wounds disappeared and Argentina’s leg was proven healed. But she wanted God to do even greater things so she went into marathon running.
Today Argentina has competed in 11 56Km marathons, 12 world marathons; she has 2 silver medals, 9 bronze, and 1 gold in a world competition.
Damien lived a normal life until his family lost everything when he was 7. By 9 he was depressed and on drugs, and by 12 he was an alcoholic. To make things worse, at 13 he joined one of America's most notorious gangs the Bloods. Homeless at 14 for the next 4 years he sold drugs, lived as a pimp, and stayed in jail 4 times.
His last jail-stay was for attempted murder, possession of a fire arm and controlled substance. The probability of release from a prolonged stay in jail seemed slim, but somehow he was released on probation and fines. Angry at what he had become, Damien wanted out of the life he was living.
For the next year and a half he searched for help and stumbled across the UCKG. Damien was counseled, attended meetings, and learned what steps to take to enforce change. Once he began to put in practice his faith in God, as the way to be free from destructive behavior, Damien’s life made a 180 degree turn. Today he is not only free from addictions and violence, but he’s happily married and helps others as a Pastor. Damien tells his life story of redemption in his book "Shoulda been dead" — www.shouldabeendead.com
Daniel and Griselda are members of the UCKG in Argentina. Before coming to the Church, Daniel and Griselda had reached a breaking point. Despite college degrees Daniel was unemployed, and they were in financial ruin. They relied on family favors to pay bills, and food from the government to survive. Their children also suffered the consequences, as anger, arguments and addictions tore them apart.
In this state the Carrera family came to the UCKG. Attending the services, putting God to the test, and using their faith, their lives started to change. Today they’re free from those things that plagued their lives. They have peace, a happy marriage and prosperity. From living on food stamps, Mr. Carrera is a successful engineer, and they own 5 properties including a floor in a skyscraper worth $900,000. Mr Carrera stated, "God multiplied things in such a way that it exceeded our expectations."