Church of The Lord (Aladura)
The Church of the Lord (Aladura) is an African Initiated Church founded by the first Primate and Late Prophet Dr. Josiah Olunowo Ositelu in 1925, but inaugurated in 1930 in Ogere-Remo, Shagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria; Reference: Journey So Far, ISBN 3-8258-6087-7; Publication – TCLAW Publishers, 2009.
“Aladura” in Yoruba means “owners of prayer”, “Prayer Fellowship” or “The Praying People”.
Also known as Aladura churches, they emphasize the power in praying and believe in faith healing and various elements associated with Pentecostalism. Most of the founders of the churches were associated with Anglicanism, though some Methodists joined the movement as well. The churches despise the power of traditional African religion, because they deem that power to be basically malign. Therefore they sometimes burn cult images as “idols” and oppose both polygamy and witchcraft. Unlike Kimbanguism, the churches tend to avoid politics and focus instead on the “holiness movement.”
Dr. Rufus Okikiola Ositelu (Ph.D. Comp. Sc.; Ph.D. Theo.) is Archbishop And Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Nigeria and the Primate of The Church of the Lord (Aladura) Organisation Worldwide
The Six Tenets of the church can be described as:
Pentecostal in Power
Prophetic in Ministry
Biblical in Pattern
Evangelical in Mission
Ecumenical in Outlook and
Social in Responsibility
Reference: Journey So Far, ISBN 3-8258-6087-7; Publication – TCLAW Publishers, 2009.
World Council of Churches (WCC) 1975
All African Conference of Churches (AACC) 1975
Organisation of African Independent (Initiated) Churches (OAIC) 1978
British Council of Churches (BCC) 1979
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) 1984
Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) 1988
International Ministerial Council of Great Britain (IMCGB) 1993
founding member of the International Ministerial Council of Germany (IMCOG) 1994
Afro-Caribbean Churches in the UK (ACCUK).
founding member of the Council of African Christian Communities in Europe (CACCE) 1999
founding member of the International Convent of Christian Congregations, Rhein-Main, Germany (ICCCRG) 1999
In 1996, the Church hosted a WCC Consultative Meeting with African Instituted Churches.
Wellington, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Bronx, New York, United States of America
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Griffen Glen Way, Ireland