Residing Religion Church popularly referred to as Winners Chapel clocked 38 years on Could 1st 2019. It has been thirty eight years of Impression, Deliverance, Prosperity and Breakthrough
The Residing Religion World Outreach Centre (LFWOC) often known as The Residing Religion Church or Winners‘ Chapel was based by Brother David Olaniyi Oyedepo in 1983..
The church was commissioned in Kwara State, Northern Nigeria on September 17, 1983 and Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God commissioned the ministry.
At inception, Pastor David Oyedepo was instructed to maneuver to Kaduna. The Kaduna Church consisted of 4 members and began on December 11, 1983. Throughout a Powerhouse assembly in April 1982, Brother David Oyedepo listed seven areas the place God had spoken to him regarding the way forward for the ministry.
He said that “at the base of the commission will be a tent which will sit 50,000 people”.
He said that very quickly there can be hundreds of thousands gathering on the base to take heed to the gospel.
He added that he noticed them flying with the gospel on wings which confirmed that quickly the ministry can have her personal plane.
He added that the entire world will quickly have the ability to hear the message of the fee from the bottom. At the moment, the web as we all know it at the moment was not in view.
On the inception of the ministry, David Oyedepo received instruction to commit the spoken phrase into writing with the identical measure of proof.
This led to the institution of the Dominion Publishing Home which gained the Financial Neighborhood of West African States (ECOWAS) Gold Award in 1996 and has produced over 5 million books until date.
In 1987 whereas in america he received an instruction from God to “Get back home and make my people rich”. This served as a significant thrust for the prosperity message of the fee.
He was ordained as a “Bishop” by the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa of the Church of God Mission in 1988. Through the church’s Easter religion conference in April 1987, Pastor David Oyedepo introduced that the church was to start to unfold out and on 27 Could,1987, precisely a month later, the primary 5 branches of the church had been established in Mubi, Azare, Biu, Maiduguri and Bauchi.
In 1989, Bishop Oyedepo obtained a imaginative and prescient from God to “Get down to Lagos and raise me a people”.
This set the stage for the Lagos department to start out up in September 1989 with the identify “Winners Chapel”.
The primary service in Lagos had about 300 in attendance.
By December 1993, the Lagos church had 3,000 worshippers.
By December 1994 it had elevated to 10,000 members.
In 1996, Archbishop Benson Idahosa was invited to dedicate the church’s Iyana Ipaja facility positioned at Raji Oba avenue.
This consisted of a 3,000 seater auditorium with overflow amenities for 30,000 in addition to an eight (8) ground tower which was the World Mission Company headquarters.
This $100 million facility was already largely insufficient in lower than 2 years of its existence.
The church membership elevated to 50,000 in single companies by the center of 1999.
The identify “Winners Chapel” quickly grew to become the favored identify of the church much more so than the unique identify “The Living Faith World Outreach Centre” (LFWOC).
Kaduna worshippers nonetheless nonetheless like to seek advice from the Kaduna Church as ” Backyard of Religion or Residing Religion”.
The Dominion Cathedral on the Backyard of Religion was devoted on December 1 1995.
The Backyard of Religion, previously the nationwide headquarters is now the Kaduna State headquarters of the church whereas Goshen Metropolis is the Mission Headquarters.In 1993, the Vice-President of the Residing Religion Church after which senior Pastor of the Maiduguri church, Pastor David Abioye was ordained “Bishop”.
Bishop Abioye is an exemplary chief and an epitome of faithfulness within the Residing Religion church and christendom as an entire.
Driving again to Kaduna from Zaria after a gathering on Could 4 1994, Bishop Oyedepo heard a name from God that “The harvest of Africa was over-ripe and that he should rush in and preserve it from decadence”.
On Could 8, 1994,the mandate was devoted with a large map of Africa and on January 15, 1995, the primary missionaries left the shores of Nigeria. As at September 2010, Winners Chapel has branches in not less than 63 cities in 48 African nations.
The mandate to Africa is named the African Gospel Invasion Program (AGIP). The overseas mandate is an arm of the World Mission Company (WMA) of the ministry.
In 2000, the prompting got here to succeed in out past Africa and this mandate is now referred to as the “Mission to the World” (MTW). There are not less than 30 branches of Winners Chapel within the USA in cities like Houston, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Atlanta and Massachusetts. There are additionally branches within the UK, UAE, Belgium, The Caribbean, Canada, China, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan amongst others all around the world; in Nigeria alone, there are over 6,500 native branches.
Within the Lagos space, there are over 2,000 zonal fellowships and over 29,000satellite tv for pc fellowships.
The variety of Winners’ Chapel church buildings grew from about 700 in January 2010 to 2,500 by October 2010 earlier than the current determine of over 6,000.
Souls saved within the first ten months of the yr 2013 in Religion Tabernacle alone numbered over 65,000 folks and all these got scholarships on the Phrase of Religion Bible Institute.
On a Sunday in April 2019, the church elevated by 848 branches. General, the Church intends to extend by 5,000 in 2019 making over 10,000 branches in whole.
Some 2,000 branches have already been established in 2019.
Religion Tabernacle attendance has averaged over 300,000 folks on Sundays.
The Fee has 12 Pillars referred to as The Pillars of Religion. The Pillars are The Phrase, Religion, The Supernatural, The Holy Spirit, Prosperity, Prayer, Therapeutic, Knowledge, Success, Imaginative and prescient, Consecration and Reward.
The church teaches the significance of religion and that each divine therapeutic and materials prosperity are advantages of submission to God’s will.
The worldwide headquarters of Winners Chapel is named Religion Tabernacle.
It covers about 66 acres and is constructed inside an over 17,000-acre church advanced referred to as Canaanland, the worldwide headquarters of the ministry in Ota, a suburb of Lagos. The constructing took 12 months to be accomplished.
The muse laying happened on August 29, 1998 and the announcement of the timeframe of 1 yr for the constructing venture was introduced on September 13, 1998 by Bishop Oyedepo on the Iyana Ipaja church whereas work started on September 18, 1998.
The dedication of the constructing happened on September 19, 1999 with 97,800 folks in attendance.
In December 1999, new bishops had been ordained, notable amongst them is Bishop Thomas Aremu who has remained until now within the ministry and now a missioner.
Moreover, the church administration system was improved with the promulgation of the Mandate which is the structure of the Church.
Continents had been additionally structured administratively. Nationwide pastors watch over state pastors.
Underneath the state pastors are the resident pastors, provincial pastors, assistant provincial pastors, assistant pastors.
Religion Tabernacle is among the many largest church auditoria on the planet, with a sitting capability of 50,400 folks and an outdoor overflow capability of over 250,000, with Four companies each Sunday. Building accomplished in Canaanland until date is estimated to be not lower than $600 million(N180 Billion).
Religion Tabernacle is the fulfilment of the imaginative and prescient delivered in April 1982. Over 400,000 folks have been counted at single conferences at Canaanland. Cannanland was procured in 1998 and was initially 530 acres (2.Three km2).
Presently it’s over 7,000 acres (28 km2) and can take about 130 km to navigate round it.
The Church’s plan to construct one other auditorium which is able to take between 120,000 and 200,000 folks is within the offing throughout the ongoing Canaan Metropolis venture.
As an educationist, Bishop David Oyedepo’s mission presently pioneers the institution of academic establishments in any respect ranges in and out of doors Nigeria, together with the just lately established Covenant College with over 7,000 college students in addition to Religion Academy with 1,500 college students each positioned in Canaanland.
Covenant college was properly documented in a Nigerian Tv Authority (NTA) documentary on the Nigerian 50th independence anniversary due to landmark achievements in its few years of existence.
Covenant College was adjudged the most effective non-public college in Nigeria in 2005 and one of many objectives of the establishment is to be among the many greatest on the planet by or earlier than 2020.
In keeping with Bishop Oyedepo, “Covenant University is not just an institution, it is a revolution in education”. Religion Academy additionally positioned fourth amongst Nigerian secondary faculties within the 2010 Senior secondary Certificates Examination (SSCE).
The second college of the church is Landmark College in Omu Aran, Kwara State. Building at Landmark college is estimated to be within the realm of about $150 million (N48 billion).
The college was licensed in March 2011 and presently ranks among the many prime 20 of Nigeria’s 170 universities. Landmark College consists presently of 1,400 acres. There are plans for five extra universities to be constructed throughout Africa together with Kings College, Goshen, Abuja and Crown College, Calabar in Nigeria. Others are in Accra, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nairobi, Kenya.
A really expansive 1,000 acres of land have already been acquired for the college in Ghana whereas 300 hectares (about 750 acres) have been acquired for the Congo college and that is going to be a French talking college.
Some years in the past, former President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia appealed to the World Mission Company (WMA) of the Residing Religion Church to construct a college in The Gambia.
Another tasks that had been introduced in the course of the preliminary basis laying in Canaanland in 1999 embrace a towering administrative headquarters and 500 mattress hospital amongst many different tasks.
Winners’ Chapel additionally runs a sequence of about 20 Secondary faculties and over 180 Major and nursery faculties in Nigeria.
The secondary faculties are referred to as Religion Academies besides these positioned in throughout the universities referred to as Covenant College and Landmark College Secondary Colleges respectively.
The Nursery and Major Colleges are referred to as Kingdom heritage Mannequin Colleges (KHMS).
A number of the secondary faculties are positioned in Badagry, Benin, Warri, Ota, Iyana Ipaja, Ibadan, Lokoja, Asaba, Kaduna and Osogbo.
The mission is presently engaged on plans to construct not less than a secondary college every in each nation in Africa.
It additionally has a Bible Faculty, referred to as The Phrase of Religion Bible Institute (WOFBI); that is the most important such group in Nigeria with branches in over 50 nations worldwide together with america of America, the UK and the United Arab Emirates.
As at 2004, WOFBI had skilled over 100,000 folks throughout Africa. WOFBI has 21 campuses within the Lagos Space.
Another property of the Church are the together with a hard and fast wing Challenger 604 listed within the Forbes 500.
The fleet features a helicopter. The Church fleet is named the Dominion Airways which is used strictly for missionary work and the church has additionally procured an plane Hangar on the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos.
The Dominion Aviation Heart, a Hangar owned by the church costed about $2.5 million.
The Church additionally owns Dominion Publishing Home, which seems books and different supplies written by David and Religion Oyedepo and David Abioye. Bishop Oyedepo has written over 70 books aside from many additionally written by Bishop Abioye and Pastor (Mrs) Religion Oyedepo.