The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), a Protestant Pentecostal evangelical church, celebrated its diamond jubilee in August 2012 having been established in 1952 in Lagos, Nigeria through a specific divine direction to its founder and General Superintendent, Late Rev. Josiah Akindayomi.
The church had its foundation solidly based on a covenant the Lord had with its founder in a vision. In this visitation, God said to him that this church would go to the ends of the earth and that when the Lord Jesus Christ appears in glory, he would meet the church. The Lord then established a covenant, synonymous to the Abrahamic covenant in the bible with Rev. Akindayomi. He said that the Lord would meet the needs of the church in an awesome way if only members would serve him faithfully and be obedient to his Word. The specific mandate by the Lord Himself to Pa Akindayomi includes the following: Each member must ensure that they make heaven; they must strive to take as many people as possible with them to heaven; to have a member of RCCG in every family of all nations of the world; to make holiness a life–style and; to plant churches throughout the world.
The RCCG believes that the entire Scripture, both Old and New Testament are written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; that the Bible is the written and revealed will of God.
In 1981, the incumbent leader, Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye who is fondly referred to as “Daddy G.O” became the General Overseer of the church. His ascension into the apex position was via a direct vision received by the founder several years earlier. The church had less than 50 parishes in the whole of Nigeria at the onset of the General Overseer’s assumption of office. Under the leadership of Pastor Adeboye, the church has experienced an explosive, phenomenal growth with the number of parishes growing in leaps and bounds. At the last count, there are about 6000 parishes of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria. On the international Scene, the church is present in over 140 nations on all the continents of the World.
The first parish of the RCCG in the Republic of Ireland was planted in 1998 at Mary’s Abbey in Dublin. To the glory of God, the RCCG in Ireland has equally enjoyed divine back–up with significant presence in at least twenty five counties in the nation. There are also community outreach centres across the Republic of Ireland.
Basis of Faith
The Constitution of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) sets the basis of belief as follows:
The RCCG believes that the entire Scripture, both Old and New Testament are written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; that the Bible is the written and revealed will of God. The Christian teachings and the Christian attitude of the Children of God are such as are established in the Holy Bible. It believes that all the Bible teachings are holy, what the Bible reveals as the will of God are such that it should be accepted, and whatever God writes in the Bible and His Law are to remain unchangeable.
As revealed in the Bible, RCCG believes that there is only one God, Who is the Creator of both visible and invisible creatures; that is, in God every creature receives life. It believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; Who took away the sins of mankind, and the Savior of the world. It believes in His death on the Cross, and resurrection, by which He brought redemption to mankind. RCCG believes that the Holy Spirit is the third Person in the TRINITY. He has the same power, the same glory with God the Father and God the Son. He is one with Father and the Son who is to be worshiped and served. These three Persons that become one are the source of blessings to all the living creatures in Heaven and on earth. The Holy Spirit has a great work to perform on earth: He teaches, He speaks to his people, and bears witness in all; He performs the work of regeneration in all of us; He also performs the work of sanctification in the born again souls until they are fully sanctified; this same Holy Spirit endows believers with gifts they can use and; He empowers all believers in the Lord.
The RCCG believes in repentance unto God. Repentance is the sorrow of a godly man for his sins with decision to abstain from them. Repentance culminates in justification. This is God’s grace whereby sinners are cleansed from their sins by which they are able to stand before God as though they have never sinned. Justification leads to sanctification; another grace of God by which souls of men are progressively and completely cleansed. This is the second accomplishment of the grace which through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ is wrought after men have been justified and free from their sins or regenerated.
Furthermore, the RCCG believes in baptism by the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and that every saved soul automatically qualifies for Water Baptism via immersion. This is primarily an outward sign, an example of a true repentance of a sinner from his or her sins. Also, anybody who is baptized is joined with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection; therefore anybody baptized is dead to the world and the evils thereof. All born–again souls should ask for the Holy Spirit from above, as the Apostles were ordered to wait in Jerusalem until they were filled from above. It is the promise of the Father. It is God’s gift which He gives to those who obey Him. It is God’s promise unto those who are far and all whom the Lord shall call. Any Christian who receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit must speak in tongues. The RCCG believes that a Christian without condemnation of heart has a right to thank God and be in adoration and in prayer unto the Lord always. Such a soul thirsts for God and the Holy Spirit helps his infirmities in prayer. Prayer must only be said by the name of JESUS. The apostles put prayer first in their life and they spent much time in prayer – Acts 6:4; Rom. 6:4; Rom 1:9; Col. 1:9. It is God’s plan and order that believers should pray to receive all the good He has promised in His treasure for them. It also believes in divine healing through prayer. Healing could be obtained in four ways viz: by individual prayer; by two people (or a group of people) who have agreed to pray by faith; by the laying of hands on the head and; by the ministry of the elders, anointing the sick with prayer of faith. The church does not receive money or charge money before it offers prayer for anybody.
The RCCG believes in due reverence to parent and authority. All Christians are to obey the law of the country, obey the government and authority. They should honor their parents and elders. Rebellion against church ministers is against the will of God. The Bible teaches obedience to Spiritual leaders and submission to them. The church forbids any of its members from willfully entering into any debt which they find difficult to repay. Such debt may also include monetary debt, debt of promise or vow, debt of time, debt of not preaching the Gospel. The RCCG believes in the institution of marriage and holy matrimony. Marriage is honorable in all – therefore all members who wish to marry could do so in the church. The Word of God teaches that monogamy has been the order since the beginning of the Law of Christ. Divorce is permissible only when a life partner has committed adultery. Even then, neither of the two should be married to a new partner while both are yet alive.
The RCCG believes that the Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper is instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ shortly before His death. He commanded all Christians to gather together regularly to share the bread and wine till He comes back again. This injunction is observed in all our parishes worldwide.
Membership in Ireland
RCCG has 118 parishes of various congregational sizes in the Republic of Ireland. With approximately 7000 members as at August 2012. With the exception of Roscommon, the RCCG has at least one parish in all the counties in the Republic of Ireland.
Our unique identifying qualities
RCCG has three primordial defining qualities which each parish is encouraged to model viz: Prayer, Evangelism / community outreach and a life–style of holiness.
Governance of RCCG in Ireland
The headquarters of the Mission is located at the JFK Industrial Estate in Dublin 12. For ease of administration, the Mission is divided into three (3) Provinces, nine (9) Zones and twenty–four (24) Areas. Each Province is headed by a Provincial Pastor, a Zone is headed by a Zonal Pastor and an Area is headed by an Area Pastor who is assisted by an Assistant Area Pastor. Apart from this each Province has three Zones under it. A Zone is made up of at least three Areas, in most cases, and each Area has at least two to four parishes under it. A parish is headed by a parish pastor. The Parish Pastors report to an area pastor. Area Pastors report to Zonal Pastors who in turn report to the Provisional Pastors. The Provisional Pastors report to the Regional Pastor who looks after the entire Region and reports to the General Overseer of the Mission.
However, other ministry arms or offices with specific specialised duties are established namely: the Good Women Fellowship (GWF); Junior Church, Teen, Youth and Young Adult Ministry; the training arm includes the Bible College, Women Institute, Leadership Institute, Missions Board, School of Disciples; Elders Forum; Mothers on a Mission (MOM); Africa Mission (with specific missionary works in targeted African countries).
What to Expect on a Sunday Morning
The majority of the parishes hold Sunday morning service while a few of them hold their service in the afternoon. The content of the service is similar in all the parishes: workers’ meeting, Sunday school and the main worship service (praise and worship, prayer, sermon, offering / donation, announcement and benediction). However, the first Sunday of every month is observed in all our parishes worldwide as a thanksgiving Sunday. The highlight of the service is the compendium of testimonies that form the sermon of the day.
What our church does Monday–Saturday
Monday: House fellowships.
Tuesday (Wednesday in a few cases): Bible study / digging deep into the word of God.
Thursday: Faith Clinic (prayers).
Friday: Night Vigil.
Saturday: Evangelism and community outreach.
How to find out more
Address: RCCG Central Office Ireland,119a JFK Industrial Estate, Bluebell Avenue, Ballyfermot, Dublin 12.
Telephone: +353 (0) 1429 9919; (0) 1249 9923F: +353 (0) 1429 9928
Email: [email protected]