This is the mandate…
Our Mandate, speaks of liberation in all facets of human existence, we focus mainly on destinies that have been afflicted, battered, beaten, tattered, deformed and subsequently in groaning and agonies, as a result of pains, pangs and crying. Today, testimonies of liberation through our messages, books, tapes, magazines and other periodicals are most humbling. The word of faith is working like fire for the liberation of mankind across the nations. Bishop David Oyedepo (Presiding Bishop, LFCCWW, WMA) The operational mandate of our ministry is as follows:
On May 2, 1981, at the end of a visionary encounter that lasted about eighteen hours, I saw a roll of
afflicted, battered,beaten, tattered, deformed and all that one could ever imagine, groaning and agonizing,
as a result of pains and pangs, crying as it were for rescue. I was so moved with compassion that I began sobbing profusely asking,
“Why Lord ?” I heard the Lord say to me, “But from the beginning it was not so”.
I questioned further, “But why Lord ?” and then came the mandate,
“The hour has come to liberate the world from all oppression of the devil through the preaching of the
word of faith and I am sending you to undertake this task.”
This mandate was further confirmed from the epistle of Paul to the Ephesians where God Said, “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Eph 6:16). This was the genesis of this global ministry today and according to this mandate, the Word of Faith is
the key to triumphant living.
Shortly, thereafter, a weekly teaching programme took-off popularly known as the Faith Liberation Hour.
Alongside,a caucus was put in place, tagged The Power House which was involved in prayers and fasting
among others towards the actualization of this heavenly vision.
Today, testimonies of liberation through our messages, books, tapes, magazines and other periodicals
are most humbling.
That is why we’re dedicated to accomplishing this task throughout Edmonton environs and Canada at large. The word of faith is working like fire for the liberation of mankind across the nations.
Therefore, it is our sincere privilege to welcome you today to this great and glorious family – Winners’ Chapel International Edmonton. Know that the God that has brought you here via this website, did it with a specific purpose in mind and also convinced that His purpose will stand. I am sure that your story will take a positive change by your contact with this family. We are glad you have come to this website because we know your life will never be the same again. Take time to browse through the site, it will be a blessing to you. Please join us for any one of our weekly services and, as you come, God will meet you at every point of your need.
The Pastoral Mandate
My understanding of the liberation commission was that it would basically be an outreach operation. I could not imagine any church connection with the commission. My understanding then was that there was no kind of church that was not in existence and that what was needed was to ignite the fire of the Holy Ghost in existing churches through preaching in churches, instead of founding new ones. However, one glorious day, in November 1982, the Lord spoke to me clearly from Luke 1:1-3 that this mandate shall have a church base, all that was in existence notwithstanding. Today, the Living Faith Church, well known in some cities and nations as Winners’ Chapel, has become a worldwide name.
The Publishing Mandate
On the 14th of February 1983, I was in my study going through a piece in a magazine, titled “The New Wine” when God spoke to me in very clear terms, – The Word I put into your mouth, the same commit into writing and I will cause the same unction upon the spoken Word to rest upon the written word, bringing about the same effect – My first two books were published in 1985, namely, ‘The Law of Faith’ and ‘The Miracle Seed.’ Dominion Publishing House (DPH) which now publishes all my books, among others, was officially commissioned on December 5, 1992 at the National Arts Theatre, Lagos, and today has sold over 10 million books.
The Training Mandate
In one of those days of waiting on the Lord in May 1983, the Lord spoke in clear terms saying, “I will, through this ministry, raise the foundation of many other ministries.”I understood this to mean that the ministry would be involved in training of men & women for spiritual leadership, not only in pulpit ministry, but in all areas of human endeavours. Curriculum preparation began by the last quarter of 1985, but the school began with evening classes on September 1, 1986.
The Church Spread Mandate
During our Easter Faith Convention in 1987, I was on my way to the platform on April 27, 1987, when the Lord spoke to me in very clear terms, “It’s time to spread out.” I declared it to the church same day, and to the glory of God by May 27, 1987, our branch network began in five cities and towns in northern Nigeria,namely Maiduguri, Bauchi, Mubi, Azare and Biu. Today, we are in over 300 cities and towns in Nigeria.
The Foreign Mission Mandate
It was on May 4, 1994, as I was driving from a meeting held in Zaria to Kaduna, that the Lord spoke to me in very clear terms, “The harvest of Africa is now over-ripe, rush in and preserve it from decadence.” On May 8, 1994, with a giant map of Africa, we dedicated the mandate to God for execution and by January 15, 1995 the first set of missionaries left the shores of Nigeria. Today, we are in about 32 African nations and operating in 63 cities and towns in those nations. It’s clear again that what God speaks with His mouth, He performs with His Hand (I Kings 8:15).
The Church Growth Mandate
The Church of Christ is ordained for continuous and unending growth. As it is written, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”, that is, the gates of hell shall not be to stop it from advancing / growing until the end of time. Matt. 16:18 / Prov. 4:18.
However, it is by wisdom that a house is built and by understanding it is established. Pro 24:3-4.
Therefore wisdom is key to sustaining the growth of the Church as indicated severally in the early church. Divinely inspired strategies are crucial to sustaining church growth.
As it is written, “And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.” Acts 16:4-5.
From the above scripture, we see the amazing effect of the Church Growth Policy of the early church “and so were the churches established in the faith and increased in number daily” It is obvious from the outcome that the decrees referred to were Church Growth Decrees. They reasoned out well defined strategies in the Holy Ghost and the church continued to erupt in growth.
In the light of the above, our church growth mandate as a Commission is built on the following Church Growth Mandate.