Religion and spirituality have always been important to Africans. This may be a logical explanation for the rise of mega-churches on the continent. In this post, we shall discuss the biggest church in Africa. Firstly, in terms of auditorium capacity, and secondly in terms of population and membership.
The top 3 biggest church auditoriums in the world are all in Africa, Nigeria to be precise. The biggest of them can conveniently seat 120,000 people at once. Want to find out the name of this auditorium, where it is located and the church that owns it? Continue reading this piece.
Biggest Church in Africa (Auditorium)
The following churches have the largest auditorium in Africa. Interestingly, the top 6 biggest church auditoriums in Africa are all in Nigeria. Note that only fully enclosed church spaces were considered in drawing up this list. Canopies, tents and the likes were discounted.
Hand of God Cathedral
The biggest church in Africa is the Hand of God Cathedral owned by the Salvation Ministries. The Hand of God cathedral is not only the biggest in Africa, it is also the biggest in the world. It is located in the city of Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.
Construction of the Hand of God cathedral started in 2010. The original plan was to construct a 40,000-seater auditorium but the project was expanded and the final capacity stands at 120,000. Following its completion in 2020, it overtook the Glory Dome owned by Dunamis International Gospel Centre as the biggest church in the world.
The second biggest church in Africa is the 100,000-seater Glory Dome owned by Dunamis International Gospel Centre. The auditorium is also the second biggest owned by any church in the world. It is located in the city of Abuja, Nigeria’s seat of government. The building of the edifice started in 2014 and was completed under 4 years. It was opened in 2018 and became the largest church auditorium in the world at that time.
The building was constructed using locally sourced manpower. It has a height of a 13-storey building and no visible pillar.
Champions Royal Assembly
Third on this list is another auditorium belonging to a Nigerian church. The church is the Champions Royal Assembly founded by Prophet Joshua Iginla. The church auditorium is located in the Kubwa axis of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. The 80,000 seat auditorium was completed in 2015.
Faith Tabernacle is the head church of the Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners Chapel. It is located at Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State. Construction of the 50,000 capacity Faith Tabernacle started in 1998 and was completed the following year, taking about 12 months to complete.
International Gospel Centre
The 5th biggest Church in Africa is the International Gospel Centre owned by the Word of Life Bible Church. It is a 35,000-seater auditorium located in Warri, Delta State. The church is led by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, a one-time CAN President. Weekly attendance at the International Gospel Centre averages about 30,000.
Deeper Life Bible Church Lagos
The Deeper Life Bible Church is the International Headquarters of the Deeper Life Bible Church. The church was founded in 1973 by W.F Kumuyi. It has grown to become one of the biggest churches in Africa. The Lagos head church of Deeper Life Bible Church was commissioned in April 2018 by Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo. It is a 30,000 capacity auditorium.
Liberty Worship Centre
The Liberty Worship Centre is a 15,000 seat capacity auditorium belonging to a church by the same name. It is located in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. The building was completed in 2014. Construction of the auditorium took 10 years to complete. It is a 3 storey building sitting on 17 acres of land.
Perez Dome is the head church of the Perez Chapel International. It is a 14,000 seat capacity church located in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The auditorium was completed in 2011. The Perez Chapel International was initially called the Word Miracle Church International when it was founded in 1987. It took its current name in 2013, 2 years after the completion of the Perez Dome.
Church of the Nations/Bethel Israel Tabernacle
This 12,000 seat capacity auditorium owned by the International Evangelism Centre – African Interior Mission was recently completed. It is located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The church was founded in Ouagadougou in 1987.
Currently, there are over 600 branches of the church worldwide. The Church of the Nations/Bethel Israel Tabernacle is the head church of the International Evangelism Centre – African Interior Mission. The leader of the church is Mamadou Karambiri.
Winners Chapel Nairobi
Last on this list is the Winners Chapel, Nairobi. It is owned by the Living Faith Church Worldwide. It is the second Living Faith Church Worldwide church featured on this list. It was completed in 2013 and can conveniently seat 12,000 people. It is located in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
For those interested in finding out the biggest church in Africa in terms of population, an answer is provided below.
Biggest Church In Africa (Most Populated)
The following churches are the biggest in Africa by population. These churches are highly popular and have millions of members. They also have numerous branches in many African states and on other continents.
The Catholic Church remains popular in Africa despite the rise of Protestant and Pentecostal churches. The church has over 20 million active worshippers in Nigeria alone. This shows just how popular the Catholic Church is in Africa.
Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)
The rise in popularity of Pentecostal churches is best exemplified by the Redeemed Christian Church. There is hardly any street especially in Lagos that you will not find a branch of Redeemed Church. More branches of this church are springing up as it continues to grow. There are branches of the Redeemed Church in several other African countries as well as in Europe and America.
Redeemed Christian Church of God was founded in the year 1952. Its founder was Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi. Rev. Akindayomi passed on in1980 and the mantle of leadership of the church fell on Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye. Under the leadership of Pastor Adeboye, RCCG has experienced massive growth and is today one of the leading Pentecostal churches in Africa.
Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel)
Winners Chapel is another big and popular church in Africa. The church which has its headquarters in the Ota area of Ogun state has spread its tentacles to several other African countries. Currently, the church has a presence in at least 65 countries globally. Winners Chapel was founded in 1981 by Bishop David Oyedepo. Bishop Oyedepo is widely famous as the richest pastor in the world.
It is estimated that the church has over 1.5 million members in Nigeria alone. The number more than doubles when members in other African states are added.
Led by the charismatic Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Christ Embassy is another vibrant church in Africa. The church is also known as Believers Loveworld. It was founded in 1987 and is today one of the most populous churches in Africa with millions of members. Globally, the church boasts of over 13 million members spread across 145 branches on 5 continents.
Deeper Life Christian Ministry
Deeper Life Christian Ministry is an international Pentecostal Church with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. The church was founded in 1973 by Pastor W.F Kumuyi. The church started as a bible study group with 15 university students. Today, it is an international church with millions of members.
Which Church Has the Biggest Auditorium in Africa?
The church with the biggest Auditorium in Africa is the Salvation Ministries. The auditorium called the Hand of God Cathedral was recently completed. It is the biggest church auditorium not only in Africa but globally. It displaced the Glory Dome owned by Dunamis International Gospel Centre as the biggest church auditorium in the world.
The Hand of God cathedral sits on a large expanse of land in the Port-Harcourt, the capital of oil-rich Rivers state in Nigeria. The auditorium has the capacity to seat 120,000 people at once. Construction work on the auditorium started in 2010 and took 10 years to complete.
Is Dunamis the Biggest Church in Africa?
Glory Dome owned by Dunamis has been displaced as the biggest church in Africa. It was the biggest church in Africa from 2018 up until the completion of the Hand of God Cathedral in 2020. The title of the biggest church in Africa now belongs to the Hand of God Cathedral owned by the Salvation Ministries.
What is the Name of the Biggest Church Auditorium in the World?
The name of the biggest church auditorium in the world is the Hand of God cathedral. It is owned by the Salvation Ministries and is situated in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.
Conclusion (Biggest Church in Africa)
Africa is currently experiencing the rise of mega-churches. The top 3 biggest churches in the world are all located in Africa. The reason behind this may be the love of Africans for spirituality and religion. It won’t be surprising at all if much larger churches spring up in Africa in the future.