Pastor Mike Todd Says the Holy Spirit ‘Isn’t Extra, He’s Essential’ in ‘Upgrade’ Sermon

Transformation Church Leader Breaks Down Christian Godhead, Teaches Personhood of the Holy Spirit

pastor mike todd
Pastor Mike Todd. (Photo: Pastor Mike Todd/Transformation Church)

Mike Todd, pastor of Transformation Church, introduced a new sermon series recently in which he attempts to break down the Personhood of the Holy Spirit in a message titled “The Upgrade.”

“The Bible never refers to the Holy Spirit as ‘it’…so why do we? 🤨 There is nothing spooky or mystical about Him. You gotta come to the revelation that He is a person,” Pastor Todd wrote on Instagram Monday.

He went on to say that Christians will “never develop a personal relationship with someone who you don’t see as a person. But when you do acknowledge Him as a person, then you will be able to develop a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit.”


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Michael Todd (@iammiketodd)

Transformation Church described this relationship and shift in perspective as an “upgrade”—asking, “Why wouldn’t you accept the Upgrade?” on YouTube.

The description goes on to state: “The Holy Spirit is not just a power, He is not just a Presence; The Holy Spirit is a PERSON and He wants a specific relationship with you.”

In his sermon, Todd speculates that if the Holy Spirit had a human name, “like Gary,” more people would receive Him.

He also claims at another point that some Christians have “just been taught wrong” about the Christian Godhead, which includes the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

To illustrate the teaching of God as three Persons, Todd presents three containers, each holding water, ice, and dry ice. He emphasizes that in whatever form, each is still H20.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Michael Todd (@iammiketodd)

Todd and his wife, Natalie, are the lead pastors of Transformation Church, “a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-plying, and multi-campus” in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Their personal philosophy and driving passion is re-presenting God to the lost and found for transformation in Christ,” the church website states of the Todds.

Todd is also author the bestselling book, Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage, and Sex.

Watch Todd’s full message on YouTube.



Help Keep Christian Media Diverse

Faithfully Magazine began in 2016/2017 with the mission to keep Christian media diverse by centering our content on Christian communities of color for an ethnically-inclusive audience. In that time, we’ve made an impact on Christian media and achieved meaningful milestones — such as creating a volunteer Associate Editor role, launching an Editorial Fellowship, and proudly paying our contributing writers. But we need your support to keep going. In addition to partnering with advertisers, nurturing a subscription/membership, and exploring paid live events, we rely on the generosity of readers who see value in our work and in our mission. We invite you to join us, and keep walking with us, in our mission. Every amount, big or small, empowers us to stay the course. Here are a few ways you can join us: We are grateful for your support. Thank you!
Share via


Share via

What do you think?


Written by FM Editors

Faithfully Magazine is a fresh, bold and exciting news and culture publication that covers issues, conversations and events impacting Christian communities of color.


Leave a Reply

    ravi and margie zacharias

    Ravi Zacharias’s Wife Rejects Findings That Disgraced Apologist Sexually Abused Women

    michelle williams

    Michelle Williams: It Takes Strength to Admit When You’re Feeling Weak and Need Help