Interview with Joakim Lundqvist(@joakiml)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Pastor Joakim Lundqvist is pastor and international ambassador of Word of Life Church in Uppsala, Sweden. Even in this secularized nation, the church has grown to over 3000, thus being the largest in the nation, and have built an international network of over 800 churches worldwide.
Word of Life Church has an extensive missions program and has produced millions of books and audio/video material of bible teaching.
The Word of Life Bible School has graduated over 12.000 students in Sweden and over 50.000 students in its 15 campuses worldwide (including Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Central Asia).
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
Ps Joakim is a highly appreciated and inspiring speaker, having visited over 50 nations throughout the world. His 30 years of experience in youth ministry shines through in his creative messages that have the ability to relate to every generation. He is the author of four books that has been translated to several languages.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Focus above all on building a happy family. Pastor Joakim and Maria have been married for 35 years. They have two grown-up daughters, Evelina and Julia, and two grandsons – Zion and Samson.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
The inspiration of everyday heroes and unexpected world changers like Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Sophie Scholl.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Ps Joakim’s church Word of Life has a strong focus on supporting society’s most needy. The church made headline news in its approach to the refugee crisis of Europe, providing maximum support to the refugees leading to thousands turning to Christ. Word of Life is running several rehab centers, homeless shelters and social care programs.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
No-one can do everything but everyone can do something. Start where you are, light a spark and see what happens.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Instagram @joakiml, FB joakim.lundqvist, Twitter @joakimlundqvist
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Apart from his pastoral ministry, pastor Joakim is also the founder of Christian student organization ‘New Generation’ that has grown to over 15.000 students in Sweden and 25.000 internationally.