Most Nigerian churches pride themselves as being the largest in the country due to size of auditorium or maybe popularity of the church or even because their founders/general overseers are listed among the wealthiest pastors in the world. But which churches are the biggest in Nigeria? We shall look into these within this write-up.
There are numerous churches in Nigeria, both old and new-generation, as well as contemporary congregations of the 21st century. Every church in Nigeria has its own doctrine that distinguishes it from every other church. For example, The Catholic church’s teaching and belief system is different from that of other Pentecostal denominations.
Churches are important religious institutions that have survived the sands of time. From being spiritual houses to becoming social, political and even commercial centres, these house of God have come a long way. Nigerian churches are centres where folks go to pray, share fellowship with the Bible among one another and receive miracles.
Overlooking all these however is not their importance in our country Nigeria . To Nigerians, church is a very important part of our lives. It is where we go to receive the word of God which has a great impact on us. The majority of the world’s wealthiest preachers come from Nigeria, which translates to expensive lifestyles such as private planes and other fancy vehicles.
In today’s post, we’ll discuss the largest churches in Nigeria, including their membership sizes, general overseers, and other important information regarding the country’s biggest congregations.
TOP 10 BIGGEST CHURCHES IN NIGERIA (2023)
Here are biggest Nigerian churches this 2023 in terms of population.
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
The Roman Catholic Church still remains the largest church in Nigeria in terms of congregation size, wealth and influence. Most people might argue this, but this particular religious organization is even the richest in the world. Headed by the Pope who is seated at the Vatican, the Catholic church has Bishops, priests and other religious that see to its day to day activity. This particular denomination claims that it traces its origin from Jesus Christ and his apostles.
In Nigeria, almost every Christian/Pentecostal denomination traces its roots and teachings from the Catholic Church, showing just how popular this church is. You can also find parishes and dioceses of various Catholic churches scattered in every place in the country today.
THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD (RCCG)
RCCG is currently the biggest Pentecostal church in Nigeria in terms of population and popularity and is currently headed by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who is the current general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The RCCG’s main auditorium, the Redemption Camp, is located in Ogun State on over 40,000 hectares of land along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and is popularly known as the redemption camp.
During their Sunday service or major program, the camp is said to hold up to more than a million persons at once. In addition, it has branches located all across Nigeria and even abroad. The Redemption Camp of RCCG, one of the top ten biggest church auditoriums in Nigeria, is headquartered in Ebute-Metta, Lagos State. RCCG remains one of the most respected churches in the country.
LIVING FAITH CHURCH WORLDWIDE
Winners Chapel, often known as Living Faith Church Worldwide, was founded in 1983 by Bishop David Oyedepo, Africa’s richest pastor and also Nigeria’s richest clergyman. Winners Chapel main auditorium is called Canaan land and its on a 10,500 acres of land which makes it one of the largest church’s auditorium in Nigeria in terms of size. At this place, holds their major church programs and it is situated in Ota Ogun State. Winners Chapel is a famous megachurch in Nigeria that commands over 900,000 followers and many branches around the country.
MOUNTAIN OF FIRE MIRACLES MINISTRY (MFM)
Mountain of Fire Miracle Ministry (MFM) is a popular Pentecostal church founded in 1989 by Dr. Daniel K. Olukoya. It is located in Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State, Nigeria, and is popularly known as MFM. It has an auditorium called “Prayer City” that has a sitting capacity for over 500,000 congregation and is visited by many Christians seeking healing and miracle solutions to their problems.
THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH
The Apostolic Church (TAC) was founded in 1918, and it is one of the first Pentecostal churches in the county with over 4.5 million followers. The Apostolic Church Camp is situated in Ketu, Lagos State, and took engineers 25 years to build. It has the capacity to accommodate over 100,000 people at once within the church’s auditorium.
THE DEEPER LIFE BIBLE CHURCH
Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi started Deeper Christian Life Ministry in 1973 as a Pentecostal church. The worldwide headquarters of the church are in Lagos State, Nigeria. One of Nigeria’s largest churches is Deeper Life Church with a massive following. The Deeper Life Bible camp is located in Gbagada in Lagos State, and has a capacity of 30,000 people and an underground parking lot that can house up to 200 vehicles at once. The Deeper Life Bible Church’s auditorium is planned to cost approximately $4 billion and serves churches in over 60 countries across the world.
DUNAMIS INTERNATIONAL GOSPEL CENTER
DUNAMIS is one of the new generation Nigerian churches making our list of largest churches in the country. It was established in 2018 by Dr. Paul Idoko Enenche and has a large number of following especially among the youths. The Dunamis International Gospel Center has one of the biggest church auditoriums in Nigeria that is situated in Abuja with a seating capacity of more than a hundred thousand.
CHRIST EMBASSY CHURCH
Christ Embassy is a youth friendly church that was founded by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and is also a popular religious organization in the country. Also known as Loveworld Incorporated, the church is owned by one of the world’s wealthiest pastors. Christ Embassy auditorium is located within Lagos in Nigeria and can accommodate over 40,000 worshipers. You mostly see this church is universities and it has its branches in every state of the country and in over 30 countries worldwide.
THE COMMONWEALTH OF ZION ASSEMBLY (COZA)
The Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA) is another popular new generation church that is seen among the largest Pentecostal churches in the county. It was founded by Reverend Biodun Fatoyinbo in 1999 as a charismatic and bible based church. COZA headquarters is in Abuja, but you can find other branches in major cities like Lagos, Ilorin, and Port-Harcourt. They also boast of one of the biggest church auditoriums in Nigeria that can accommodate over 90,000 church worshippers.
DAYSTAR CHRISTIAN CENTER
Daystar Christian Center was founded by Pastor Sam Adeyemi in 1995. They also are among the fastest-growing churches with an auditorium that houses a congregation of over 60,000 worshipers.