Arms of the Ministry
The operational mandate of our ministry is as follows:
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 itinerant 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 about five million copies in circulation.
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.
Something supernatural happened a week to the time of resumption of the students. My wife asked me, “The students are expected to resume classes in a week’s time, but where are they to resume to?” And I responded humorously, “Is it your school?” As expected, God (the owner of the school) showed up, and showed me a property at 30, Katsina Road, Kaduna, in a flash. I had never been to or known anyone in that facility, but He pointed it out to me saying, “That is the school.”
As I got to the office that morning I dispatched one of my staff, who when he arrived at that facility, met the owner without knowing, and asked him, “Sir, are you the landlord of this building?” The man said, “Jesus is the landlord, I am only a caretaker.” “Sir,” he continued, “We need this property for our Bible School,” and the man responded, “If it’s for Bible School, then it is free.” That was how the property was given to us without paying a dime from 1986 to 1989, when we left on our own volition. Interestingly, the landlord was one of the pioneer students of WOFBI.
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).