Kanye West is bringing his famed Sunday Service to pastor Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch this Sunday (Nov. 17), and organizers are scrambling to prepare for the record number of expected attendees.
TMZ reports that the Lakewood Church will offer tickets to the event on Friday (Nov. 15), which will go to the first 45,000 takers. Tickets are free and will go out on a first come, first served basis. However, tickets are only available for the church’s evening Sunday Service, where Kanye and his choir will perform.
Ye is also expected to walk up to the pulp and have a 20 minute conversation with Osteen Sunday morning at 11 a.m. CST, which will be not be a ticketed even and will instead allow entrance to the first 45,000 people to arrive.
Due to the large number of attendees, Ticket Master is providing tickets for the event. However, fans were having difficulty accessing Sunday Service tickets on Friday morning (Nov. 15), due to the influx of website visitors.
According to Houston news outlet KHOU, during the 11 a.m. service Kanye will speak with Osteen about overcoming adversity and his faith journey. The service will be streamed live on Facebook, YouTube, the church’s website and app and on SiriusXM’s Joel Osteen Radio channel. Lakewood church also told the outlet that church members will get early access to Sunday Service tickets and will receive an email with a special access code.
As for Kanye’s Sunday night performance, TMZ reports that Lakewood Church will provide top-notch sound and lighting equipment, but will have to find a way to make its stage able to accommodate Kanye’s 120 Sunday Service choir members.
Osteen initially invited Ye to his church back in October. The Jesus Is King rapper and the pastor have recently struck up a friendship, mainly after Kanye released his gospel rap album. Kanye has taken his Sunday Service performance to venues across the country, also performing in open streets and where he lives in Calabasas, CA.