Biggest Churches in Nigeria
Almost all churches in Nigeria claim to be the largest with the highest congregation. Some of their members would also boast that their church has the largest auditorium and is the biggest in Nigeria. Well, I won’t be surprised as these so called Nigerian churches of today focus more on money, population and popularity rather than the true Christian religion which is to win souls for Christ Jesus.
With different big church denominations in Nigeria springing up, fake pastors are also on the increase using sweet bible verses to lure members to vomit money all in the name of God. These so called men of God end up being among the richest pastors in the world. Well, this post will not focus on these fake pastors in Nigeria but on the biggest churches in Nigeria with the largest congregation, auditorium and popularity.
For the records, the biggest church in the world with the largest congregation or population is the Roman Catholic Church which is headed by the Pope at the Vatican city. Below are the List of Top 10 Popular and Biggest Churches in Nigeria Today.
1. The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)
This is the most populated Pentecostal church in Nigeria with the highest membership of more than 2 million persons. The Redeemed church of God also has the largest auditorium that can accommodate its members especially during their crusade along Lagos Ibadan Expressway. The current General Overseer of RCCG is Pastor Adeboye, a highly respected man of God in Nigeria. They also hold the record of the Pentecostal church with the most branches in Nigeria.
2. Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministry (MFM)
This church was founded by Dr. Daniel Olukoya. The church’s auditorium can accommodate about 550, 000 persons during a service. It is one the most popular church in Nigeria with Redeem.
3. Living Faith Church World Wide
Its other name is Winners Chapel International. It is among the biggest in Nigeria today. The owner of the church is Bishop, David Oyedepo and the church has its headquarters in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. The church is able to seat up to 250,000 people at once. Sometimes ago, it was labeled as the largest church in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. The land on which the church is located is called Cananland and it represents the global headquarters of the church.
4. The Apostolic Church
This is one of the oldest churches in Nigeria that has branches almost every where in Nigeria. The membership base of Apostolic church in Nigeria also run in millions. The church headquarters have been under construction for about 26 years now. The church auditorium is located in Lagos, Nigeria and can sit up to 100,000 people at once.
5. Deeper Life Christian Ministry
Deeper life ministry was founded by Pastor Williams Folorunsho Kumuyi. Starting his ministry with just 15 persons in 1973, the church has grown to be one of the most popular churches in Nigeria. Deeper Life auditorium which costs almost N4 billion is also one of the biggest in Nigeria that can sit up to 30,000 people.
6. The Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA)
Coza ministry started in 1999 by Reverend Biodun Fatoyinbo. Since then, it has grown to be one of the biggest in the nation with its branches across Nigeria. Its new headquarters is located in Abuja.
7. Christ Embassy
Christ Embassy is a poplar Nigerian church owned by influential Pastor Chris Oyakilome, one of the richest pastors in Nigeria and even in the world. The church has its branches spread across Nigeria with its headquarters in Lagos.
8. Daystar Christian center (DCC)
The church is currently owned by Samuel Adeyemi who believes in raising leaders and models in Christ. The church’s auditorium is also large. Pastor Sam is more of a motivation speaker than a preacher.
9. The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry (LCCRM)
This is a massive church in Nigeria with large membership of mostly Igbos. The church broke out from the Catholic church and has its headquarters in Lagos.
10. Fountain of Life Church
This church was very popular in Nigeria and one of the biggest when one its owners was alive, late Dr. Bimbo Odukoya. The church is still doing pretty fine with its message focused on the single and married.
Although religion in Nigeria is influential, the various denominations in Nigeria are attracting more members to their fan base. For example, Pentecostalism has almost toppled the orthodox churches in Nigeria as many Catholics and Anglicans are now running into these Pentecostal churches due to the miracles performed there. That is why at the moment, the Pentecostal churches in Nigeria are the most popular not just in Nigeria but in Africa.
Below is a list of the most popular Pentecostal churches in Nigeria presently
- Redeemed Christian Church of God
- Living Faith Church
- Christ Embassy
- DayStar Christian Center
- Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries
- Fountain of Life Church
- Covenant Christian Center
- Synagogue Church of All Nations owned by Prophet T. B. Joshua
- Latter Rain Assembly
- House on The Rock