Do you know the top 10 biggest churches in Nigeria? Join us as we take you on a virtual tour of the churches in the country.
Religion is a major part of Nigeria’s culture. From churches to mosques and other traditional worship, religious houses and activities are prevalent in Nigeria.
Largest Nigerian Churches
According to Wikipedia, about 80 to 85 million Nigerians are Christians. Although this is an impressive number, there are several classes of church in Nigeria. The Catholics, Protestants and Pentecostals are some of the major ones. In this post, we at BestLagos will focus on the most widespread group, Pentecostals.
The 10 biggest churches in Nigeria fall under the Pentecostal class. These are megachurches in Nigeria that have a large membership and some of them are the favourite spots of many Nigerian youths.
Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)
The Redeemed Christian Church of God was founded in 1952 by the late Pa Josiah Akindayomi.
The church started in a small living room, where Pa Akindayomi’s commitment to seeking God’s guidance laid the foundation for the beacon of hope for millions.
From the bustling city of Lagos, Nigeria, this humble gathering of believers grew into a global phenomenon.
RCCG stands on the pillars of faith, prayer, and community. So, the annual Holy Ghost Congress, fellowship groups, youth programs, and community outreach efforts are common platforms in the church.
RCCG has now expanded its reach to over 190 countries, with thousands of parishes worldwide. The church’s growth can be attributed to its charismatic leaders, notably Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, whose visionary leadership propelled RCCG onto the global stage.
RCCG’s messages focus on redemption, transformation, and the pursuit of holiness. The church places a strong emphasis on individual spiritual growth, encouraging members to live righteous lives and make positive impacts in their communities.
The impact of RCCG’s social outreach programs, including healthcare initiatives and educational support, reflects the church’s commitment to holistic transformation.
Living Faith Church Worldwide
Living Faith Church Worldwide began as a divine vision received by Bishop David Oyedepo, and established in 1981.
The church, also known as Winners’ Chapel, has evolved into a global movement with a profound impact on its followers.
The church’s foundation is rooted in faith and the Bible.
The core message of the Living Faith Church is prosperity- biblical teachings showing God’s intentions of prosperity for his children.
The annual Shiloh event, a gathering focused on empowerment and impartation, has become a symbol of the church’s commitment to prosperity and faith-based living.
What began as a small assembly in Ota has grown into a global network with branches in numerous countries.
Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM)
MFM is the most popular Nigerian church synonymous with fervent prayer, spiritual warfare, and a commitment to breaking the chains of bondage.
This fire-full ministry was founded in 1989 by Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya.
MFM’s core message is on prayer warfare and deliverance. Believers engage in strategic and targeted prayers against spiritual challenges.
The church’s teachings focus on equipping believers with spiritual tools to confront and overcome challenges through the power of prayer.
From its Nigerian roots, MFM has expanded its reach globally. With branches in numerous countries, the ministry’s impact extends beyond cultural and geographical boundaries.
Deeper Life Bible Church
Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi established the Deeper Life Bible study group in 1973.
He was a lecturer of mathematics at the University of Lagos in 1973, he started the Bible study group in his university quarters. Eventually, he established the Deeper Life Bible Church in November 1982.
The core values of the church are Holiness and intimacy with God. Pastor Kumuyi’s vision was to establish a church that prioritizes a deep, personal relationship with God and a commitment to holy living.
Its new auditorium has a seating capacity of about 160,000 people.
The Apostolic Church
The Apostolic Church Nigeria traces its roots to the early 20th century, marked by a fervent pursuit of apostolic doctrines and a desire for a more biblical expression of Christianity.
The founders were inspired by the early Christian church and wanted to establish a community centred on the teachings of the apostles.
A distinguishing feature of The Apostolic Church Nigeria is its vibrant worship services and adherence to doctrinal purity.
The church places a strong emphasis on traditional hymns, a cappella singing, and orderly worship.
The Apostolic church’s campground has a seating capacity of over 100,000 seats.
Dunamis International Gospel Center
Dunamis, a Greek word meaning ‘power,’ encapsulates the essence of this dynamic institution.
Founded by Dr. Paul Enenche and his wife, Dr. Becky Enenche, Dunamis International Gospel Center emerged with a vision to nurture a generation grounded in faith, purpose, and the miraculous.
The architectural marvel of the Glory Dome, the church’s main auditorium, is remarkable.
The Glory Dome has a capacity of 100,000 people- a seating capacity that rivals some stadiums,
Christ Embassy is one of the popular churches for Nigerian youths.
The ministry was founded by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. It has emerged as a spiritual oasis, offering a blend of dynamic teachings, fervent prayers, and a profound sense of divine connection.
The church’s main auditorium has a 40,000-seat capacity.
Commonwealth of Zion Assembly(COZA)
COZA is another favourite worship centre of Nigerian youths.
The church led by Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, has seen a notable congregation size, with multiple branches spread across Nigeria.
The main auditorium has a seating capacity of 10,000 people while the size of other branches may vary.
The church’s popularity has been fueled by its vibrant worship services, impactful teachings,
Daystar Christian center
Pastor Sam Adeyemi started Daystar in 1995. Pastor Adeyemi’s dynamic leadership and insightful teachings attracted many Lagosians to him.
The church’s emphasis on practical teachings that are applicable to everyday life sets it apart.
Their vision extends beyond the walls of the church, aiming to make a positive impact on society.
The main church comfortably accommodates 6,000 members.
Fountain of Life Church
Late Pastor Taiwo Odukoya and his wife Late Pastor Bimbo Odukoya established the Fountain of Life church in 1994.
The church is under the leadership of their son, Pastor Jimmy Odukoya. Its headquarters at Ilupeji Lagos holds a seating capacity of 5,000 people.
Every church in Nigeria has a distinct message to pass across. Yes, they all believe in the pillars of Christianity but their worshippers respond to the unique teachings of each church. From Holiness, and spiritual warfare to Prosperity, and practical life teachings, these Nigerian Christian worship centres offer teachings on them all.