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About TCLPFW

About TCLPFW

The Yoruba word "Aladura" means "Prayer Fellowship" or "The Praying People". The members of the Prayer Fellowship churches believe in the the power of praying and fasting (Yoruba is a major language of the south-western region of Nigeria).

The founder of the Church of the Lord Prayer Fellowship, the late prophet Dr Josiah Olunowo Oshitelu, received his calling in 1925 and the independent church was officially established in 1930, in Ogere. Prophet Oshitelu preached the gospel of repentance and regeneration from town to town. Right from the beginning he started training Christians for active ministry.

In 1937 he established through divine revelation the Holy Mount Tabieorar (pronounced Taborah) Festival, which since then is celebrated every year on 22 August and attracts thousands of believers. Despite opposition from other Christian churches and resistance from traditional African religions, the church grew steadily.

In 1947, after spiritual inquiry, Prophet Oshitelu sent two apostles to Sierra Leone and Liberia respectively to bring the good news to the west coast of Africa. Today the church is spread over the whole of West Africa, in Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The church also has parishes in Europe and the United States of America. Many politicians and public servants are today members of the church.

The Church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship) is one of the first three Pentecostal churches in Nigeria, which have brought considerable revival among African Christians.

It has introduced a good deal of African culture and many African customs - singing, drumming, clapping and dancing - into its liturgy and church life. This is now becoming a common phenomenon among many churches on the African continent.

The church is of the opinion that these customs and traditions of the Africans, or of any other peoples of the world, are to serve as beautiful complements to the Christian faith and belief, and are not opposed to it.

The church subjects itself to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is engaged in evangelical ministry and has an ecumenical outlook - it accepts all who believe and proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, as brothers and sisters.

The church is also biblical in pattern and Pentecostal in power. Its major concerns in the 21st century are to train more efficient church workers, and to expand its social contributions to the society at large. The church's seminary - Prayer Fellowship Theological Institute - has now been affiliated with the Lagos State University (LASU), and offers graduate and post-graduate degree courses in theology and Christian education.

Administratively and spiritually, the Church of the Lord (Prayer Fellowship) as a worldwide organization has its headquarters in Ogere Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Our Mission

As people called by God, we gather to praise God with all sorts of musical instruments, singing, clapping and dancing unto the LORD God for His goodness in our lives, and we listen to Him and respond accordingly.
We nurture each other in faith and obedience to Christ. We love and care for one another as God's people. We commit ourselves to serve and to tell others about Jesus by witnessing and testifying to the goodness of Christ Jesus. We pursue God's justice and peace in every area of life. We employ the written and spoken word in order to defend the Christian faith, and to spread the message of a Culture of Life to a fallen world desperately in need of the saving truth of the Gospel of Christ.

Our Vision

THE CHURCH OF THE LORD (Prayer Fellowship) Worldwide is a diverse family of healthy congregations, parishes, assemblies, councils and ministries expressing the Good News of God’s kingdom that transforms lives and communities all over the world. This we do in the belief that “the pen is mightier than the sword” and that the “culture war” of our time is a war of ideas, building on the success of those inside the church. We believe that culture is not necessarily diametrical Christianity as long as such practices and observances agree with the Scriptures (Holy Bible). We plan to expand our reach and scope through books, drama, music, concerts, lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences so that we can help foster the unity and understanding between people of diverse backgrounds worldwide.

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