Living Faith Church Worldwide

Living Faith Church Worldwide (also known as Winners' Chapel) is an Evangelical charismatic Christian denomination and a megachurch. The headquarters is located in Ota, Nigeria. The organization has since become a global network of churches with over 6 million members in 147 countries.[1]

Living Faith Church Worldwide
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ClassificationEvangelicalism
TheologyCharismatic
HeadquartersCanaanland, Km. 10, Idiroko Road, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
FounderBishop David Oyedepo
OriginMay 2, 1981 (41 years ago) (May 2, 1981) Ilesha, Nigeria
Official websitefaithtabernacle.org.ng

HistoryEdit

The beginning of the church manifested on May 2, 1981, when David Oyedepo (aged 26) had a spiritual encounter while lodging in one of the rooms within the International Hotel located in the Omi-Asoro Quarters of Ilesa city, in the present day Osun State of Nigeria.[2] He claimed to have an eighteen-hour supernatural encounter which was a vision from God. God spoke to him saying, "Now the hour has come to liberate the world from all oppressions of the devil, through the preaching of the Word of faith; and I am sending you to undertake this task".[3] In 1983, the church began operating with four members on December 11.[4]

Faith TabernacleEdit

Canaanland was procured in 1998 and was initially 560 acres (2.3 km2). It is in Ota, Ogun, Nigeria. The church's international headquarters, Faith Tabernacle, was built in Cannanland between 1998 and 1999, taking twelve months to complete.[5] The foundation laying took place on August 29, 1998.

In 1999, the Faith Tabernacle was inaugurated with 50,400 seats.[6]

On Dec 11 2013, Oyedepo's first son, David Oyedepo Jnr, ministered for the first time at the church's annual Shiloh gathering.

In December 2015, Oyedepo Jnr became the resident pastor of the Faith Tabernacle. Oyedepo announced the commencement of the construction of a 100,000 capacity sanctuary called "The Ark" (It was formerly called Faith Theatre).[7] The Ark will specifically take 106,000 seats and will include a 20 Floor Mission Tower (International Headquarters Facility). It is to be built on the site of the old Faith Academy adjoining Faith Tabernacle which will now become its overflow facility.[8] The groundbreaking of the project took place on Thursday 25th March, 2021.[8]

OrganizationEdit

 
Living Faith Church entrance in Canaanland

As of 2014, the Church was in 65 countries.[9]

Dominion Publishing HouseEdit

The publishing house that grew out of Winner's Chapel was founded on 5 December 1992.[10] Dominion Publishing House has published over 120 books, most of which have been written by Oyedepo.

BeliefsEdit

The Church is founded upon twelve core emphases called the 12-Pillars.[11] The theological position of the church is Pentecostal.[12]

The denomination has a charismatic confession of faith.[13][14]

EducationEdit

Several educational institutions are linked to the chapel, including Covenant University,[15] Landmark University,[16] Faith Academy[17] and over 150 Kingdom Heritage Model Schools.[18][19] In addition, there is a ministry training college called The Word of Faith Bible Institute.[20]

United KingdomEdit

In 2014, the church applied to open a Kingdom Heritage Model School in Kent. Concerns were raised by the National Secular Society about the church linking disobedience to witchcraft. The application was later withdrawn.[21][22]

ShilohEdit

Every year in December, the church hosts a global event called Shiloh. The church says the mandate for this event is drawn from the Bible books of Joshua 18:1 and 1Samuel 1:3.[23][24]The event is held mostly in the first week of December.[25][26]

The church sees the purpose of the event as being to usher the visitation of God to his people. It also marks the end of the Church's calendar year.[27]

As of 2012, there were millions in attendance. The Presiding Bishop also said up to 160 nations hooked up to Shiloh 2015, with nationals from 55 nations present at the Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State.[28]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Winners Chapel has six million members spread across 147 countries -- Oyedepo". Vanguard News. 2014-12-27. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  2. ^ "This is the Building Where God Called Bishop David Oyedepo". YouTube.
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120602142147/http://domi.org.ng/about. Archived from the original on June 2, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Martin Lindhardt, Pentecostalism in Africa: Presence and Impact of Pneumatic Christianity in Postcolonial Societies, BRILL, Netherlands, 2014, page 115
  5. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120428040226/http://www.africanpastors.net/Pastors%20Webpages/David%20Oyedepo.html. Archived from the original on April 28, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2012. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Church of the 50,000 faithful". News.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  7. ^ Emmanuel Leke, Living Faith begins construction of 100,000-seat capacity auditorium Archived 2019-03-31 at the Wayback Machine, theeagleonline.com.ng, Nigeria, December 12, 2015
  8. ^ a b "Living Faith Church Unveils 100,000 Capacity Project "THR ARK"". HENOTACE.ORG. 2021-03-21. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  9. ^ Martin Lindhardt, Pentecostalism in Africa: Presence and Impact of Pneumatic Christianity in Postcolonial Societies, BRILL, Netherlands, 2014, page 115
  10. ^ "12 Pillar Messages". Domionlinestore.org. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Living Faith Church Worldwide - Official Website". faithtabernacle.org.ng. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  12. ^ "Winners Chapel Faith Tabernacle HQ". LGTNigeria. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  13. ^ Living Faith Church Worldwide, 12 PILLARS, faithtabernacle.org.ng, Nigeria, retrieved February 18, 2020
  14. ^ Cecil M. Robeck, Jr, Amos Yong, The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2014, p. 40
  15. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120502042201/http://domi.org.ng/education/c-u. Archived from the original on May 2, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ University, Landmark. "Landmark University". Lmu.edu.ng. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  17. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120429235203/http://domi.org.ng/education/faith-academy. Archived from the original on April 29, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ "Education Commission, LFCWW". www.eclfcww.org. Retrieved 2022-02-15.
  19. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120501183932/http://domi.org.ng/education/khms. Archived from the original on May 1, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120502053701/http://domi.org.ng/domi-network/wofbi. Archived from the original on May 2, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ "'Witchcraft' church in school bid". BBC News. 2014-11-06. Archived from the original on 2019-02-02. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  22. ^ "Church of 'witch-slapping' pastor withdraws application to open UK school". 2015-08-25. Archived from the original on 2019-02-02. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  23. ^ "Shiloh 2020: More Prophetic Declarations Released ..." allnews.ng. Retrieved 2022-06-21.
  24. ^ BP-Pub-3 (2019-12-01). "History Of "Shiloh" - Winers Chapel, Living Faith Church". Believers Portal. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  25. ^ "Winners' Shiloh 2019 begins Tuesday". The Nation Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers. 2019-11-30. Retrieved 2020-02-10.
  26. ^ "Shiloh 2019: Oyedepo Charges Nigerians To Embrace Righteousness". Independent. November 13, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  27. ^ BP-Pub-3 (2019-12-01). "History Of "Shiloh" - Winers Chapel, Living Faith Church". Believers Portal. Retrieved 2022-06-21.
  28. ^ "PICTURES: Bishop Oyedepo begins construction of 100,000-seat capacity auditorium". Nigeria News Today. Archived from the original on 22 September 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017.

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