Living Faith Church Worldwide (also known as Winners Chapel) an Evangelical charismatic Christian denomination and a megachurch. The headquarters is located in Ota, Nigeria. It became a global network of churches with congregations in 65 countries.
The beginnings of the church date from May 1981 when Oyedepo (aged 26) had a spiritual encounter. He claims to have an eighteen hour supernatural encounter which was a vision from God. He says 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 conviction; and I am sending you to undertake this task”. The church began operating with four members on December 11, 1983.
Devotion service at Faith Tabernacle, affiliated to the Living Faith Church Worldwide, in 2005, in Lagos, Nigeria
Canaanland was procured in 1998 and was initially 560 acres (2.3 km2), it is in Ota, Ogun, Nigeria. The international headquarters of the church, Faith Tabernacle, was built in Cannanland between 1998 and 1999, taking twelve months to complete. The laying of the foundation began on August 29, 1998. The building’s dedication took place on September 19, 1999 with 97,800 people in attendance. The structure is purported to have been built without any debts.
In the year 1999, the BBC reported that Faith Tabernacle was the largest church in the world with respect to how many worshipers it can seat. The building could capacitate over fifty thousand people. In terms of size the biggest church is Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.
On Dec 11 2013, Oyedepo’s first son, David Oyedepo Jnr, ministered for the first time at the church’s annual Shiloh gathering.
Oyedepo Jnr became the resident pastor of the Faith Tabernacle in December 2015. Pastor Oyedepo pronounced commencing of the construction of a 100,000 capacity Faith Theatre. The Theatre will be centralized within a 15,000 housing estate to be known as ‘Canaan City’.
The foundation of the church is on twelve core emphases The theological position of the church is Pentecostal.
Living Faith Church entrance in Canaan-land
As at the year 2014, the Church was in 65 countries.
Dominion Publishing House
The publishing house that grew out of Winner’s Chapel was founded on 5 December 1992. The Publishing House has published over 120 books, most of which have been written by Oyedepo.
Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel)
This denomination has a fascinating confession of faith. .
In the year 2014, the church applied to open a Kingdom Heritage Model School in Kent. Trepidations were raised by the National Secular Society about the church linking disobedience to witchcraft. The application was later withdrawn.
Each year in December, the church hosts a global event called Shiloh.
The event is held mostly in the first week of December.
The apostolic views 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.
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.
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