Livets Ord

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Livets Ord
Livets Ord in Uppsala in 2014
OrientationNeo-charismatic movement
Senior pastorJoakim Lundqvist, since 2013
HeadquartersUppsala, Sweden

Livets Ord, literally Word of Life, is a megachurch in Uppsala, within the Swedish Word of Faith movement. Livets Ord is the foremost example of the Neo-charismatic movement in Sweden, closely related to Word of Faith, and it may be viewed as a Swedish expression similar to Pentecostal elements in American Christianity.


The congregation was founded in Uppsala by Ulf Ekman on May 24, 1983, who also served as its leader until 2014 when he was received into the Catholic Church.[1] Ekman passed on the local pastorship in Uppsala to Joakim Lundqvist. In 2014 Joakim Lundqvist, become the senior pastor. In April 2022, Jan Blom was installed as the senior pastor. In August 2022, Jan Blom was injured in a serious motorcycle accident and is currently on sick leave. In the fall of 2023, Livets Ord implemented an interim leadership team of Simon Ahlstrand, Rune Borgso and Sebastian Asklund.

Aside from church, the movement also runs academic schools for all ages and Bible Schools.[2] It sends missionaries to Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Israel and India. In 2023, Livets Ord has over 900 churches in its worldwide network.

Operation Jabotinsky[edit]

In conjunction with the Christian Zionists in the United States, the Livets Ord operate a fund to supply money to Russian Jews who want to move to Israel.[citation needed] The fund, named "Operation Jabotinsky", is named after Russian Vladimir Jabotinsky.

Livets Ord Theological Seminary[edit]

The congregation had its own institution of tertiary education, Livets Ord Theological Seminary, between 1994 and 2014. It was affiliated with an American institution, Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the largest charismatic Christian university in the world, accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Livets Ord Theological Seminary offered American Bachelor's and master's degrees in New Testament Studies, History, Education, and other fields under the auspices of Oral Roberts University, but it was never accredited by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education to award Swedish academic degrees.

In February 2014, Livets Ord announced its decision to close the seminary, because it had been operating under a loss for some time.[3]


When it was founded, the movement met with criticism from mass media and other churches, due to what was perceived as an inhumane perspective against people who suffer from physical disabilities and financial poverty, coupled with its authoritarian leadership. Since then, the movement has consolidated, and its views have emerged as somewhat more acceptable to Swedish free churches.[citation needed]

Some of its critics consider it a cult because of its connection with, and usage of theology from within, the Word of Faith movement, though its teachings now are broadened with other, more classical theology.[citation needed] (See the article about Ulf Ekman).

In November 2015, the investigative journalism program Uppdrag granskning aired an episode, hosted by Anna Lindman, that examined the financial practices of Livets Ord, including Ekman's habit of soliciting donations and honoraria in cash, as well as the exploitative way in which the organization handled its lower-level employees, contributing little to nothing to their pensions, even as those in leadership roles received lavish pension contributions.

Popular culture[edit]

A parody of the congregation exists in Berts bekymmer, where Klimpen returns to Öreskoga, now as a member of the congregation "Lennarts ord". The congregation runs a bible school in Motala, and is led by a person named Lennart.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann, Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, page 2772
  2. ^ Allan Anderson, An Introduction to Pentecostalism: Global Charismatic Christianity, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2013, page 95
  3. ^ Livets ord avvecklar teologistudier, Upsala Nya Tidning February 12, 2014 (in Swedish)
  4. ^ Anders Jacobsson, Sören Olsson (1994). "Tisdag 18 juli". Berts bekymmer (in Swedish). p. 62.

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