As a Nigerian religion is one important aspect of our lives. The average Nigerian attends one denomination or the other. Infact Africa at large, we are very religious people considering our heritage. In recent times, we have had pastors and top officials make headlines as the media let’s us know the huge amount of sums this individuals possess. Pastors are getting rich these days, recently we had had the media claim that pastors Suleiman just bought a new private jet for himself. This points to the fact that these denomination now spit huge sums of money. In light of this we bring to you the richest church in Nigeria 2019;
1. Christ Apostolic Church (CAC)
CAC is the first Aladura Pentecostal church present in Nigeria and other countries. It arose in the first half of the 20th century, in the then- British empire. It was formally established in 1941 after a split from the Apostolic Church which the original Aladura organization (Faith Tabernacle) had invited to Nigeria. Its growth was led by Joseph Ayo Babalola, a road construction driver who became its founder. The revival led by Babalola resulted in thousands burning their traditional fetishes. This disturbed the colonial authorities, and allegations included witch-hunting and opposition to hospitals and medicine.
The Christ Apostolic Church shows pentecostal features. In the 20th century, it had distance to other Aladura churches. At least in 1999, a dissident faction of the name Christ Apostolic Church existed. Christ Apostolic Church has a major presence among the Yoruba population. The number of its members exceeds 30 million in Nigeria only. Meanwhile, They have various branches overseas.
2. The Roman Catholic Of Nigeria
The Roman catholic church remains and is still one of the richest churches in nigeria owing to the number of worshippers in these church. Infact this church is one of the most populous church in the world with its leader as the pope of the Vatican. Its estimated that 25 million worshippers attend this church in nigeria, recent statistics states. Among this congregation, we also have those that are very wealthy and influential in the society, they donate and give wholeheartedly to the church. They have many diocese and arch- diocese spread all over the country with their heads as bishop.
3. The Anglican Church Of Nigeria
The Anglican church of nigeria is also one of the richest churches in nigeria. The church has grown so fast since its establishment. Since then it has grown in numbers, congregation, and in terms of its provinces spread across the country. Presently the church has 3500 parishes scattered all across the country. Statistics also states that it has over 18 million baptized members with 2 million in attendance on worship. In 2002, the church was organized into 14 ecclesiastical provinces across Nigeria. Since then it has seen an increase in its bishops and diocese from 91 as at 2002 to 161 at 2013.
It has its primate as arch bishop Nicholas who is head to all its members in Nigeria, its headquarters is located at abuja the capital territory.
4. The Redeemed Christian Church Of God (RCCG)
The redeemed Christian church of God makes fourth on our list. A church founded by pa olufemi akindayomi in 1952. Since its inception it has grown to become one of the household names in nigeria, this church has an aim of establishing a branch in every nook and grannies of NIGERIA. Currently statistics states that they have a whooping amount of 14,000 branches scattered all over the country. The own various branches overseas in nations like the USA, uk and other foreign countries. This makes this church one of the richest church in nigeria. Its general over-seer pastors Enoch adeboye is one of he richest pastors in the world. He owns a private jet that help him carryout his ministerial works in Nigeria and all over the foreign countries.
Its auditorium in ogun state has the capacity of 12 million seats that is capable of containing its congregation if any religious activities is been held there. All these facts makes it one of the populous and richest church in nigeria.
5. The Deeper Life Christian Ministry
The deeper life bible church is another richest church in nigeria. The church was established by Pastor William kumuyi in 1973. It started with a fellowship while he was a lecturer teaching mathematics. Since then the church has grown massively across nigeria and other countries with branches spread everywhere. Their pastor W. F kumuyi also has the tittle of one of the richest pastors in Nigeria.
6. The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN)
The synagogue church of all nations is also another church on our list. The church has grown massively since it was established. Every sunday services tends to attract not less than 20,000 worshippers including foreign worshippers who have heard about TB Joshua miraculous healing services.
Prophet TB joshua claimed to have established the SCOAN after God inspired him to do so. He is claimed to be worth between $10-$15 million, and that makes him the richest prophet in Nigeria. The church has many branches both here in nigeria and ghana. Its headquarter is located at Lagos state. His anointing water is one that attracts people in thousands who gather to take of this water.
7. Christ Embassy International
A church labelled to having 13,000,000 worshippers worldwide. The history of the church can be traced back to 1987 when pastor Chris established the church.
The church has many branches worldwide. Part of which is in Sweden, Germany, uk, the usa and other parts of the world. Pastor chris oyakhilome has been labelled one of the richest pastors in Africa in recent times. He is so popular in nigeria and outside the country. Part of the factors influencing the increase in number of worshippers is his preaching style.
8. The Living Faith Church
Another richest church on our list here is the living faith church. The church has grown so rapidly since it was established in 1983 by pastor oyedepo. The church teachings is built on twelve bible verses. Pastor oyedepo proceeded to establishing this church after he claimed to have had an encounter with God who instructed him on carrying out the mission. Since then the church has grown massively. Its 15,000 capacity auditorium which was built in 2015 was labelled the largest in the world. The church headquarter Canaan land is located at ota ogun state. Apart from this, the Pastor oyedepo is net worth was proclaimed to have been over $150 million. He is the richest Pastor in nigeria. Like other churches, the living faith church also has a university which it has established.