How to Start a Church in Nigeria

Read the step by step guide on how to start a Church in Nigeria. Over the years, there have been arguments by philosophers as to whether God really exists or not.

How to Start a Church in Nigeria

Many of them in the past have had to come up with claims to support the maxim that God exists while many different others, on the other hand, have debunked the claims that He does not.

But for the purpose of this piece, I will agree with the school of thought that says He exists. Also, over time people have had to query what certifies a man a man of God.

Is it because of the teachings he has received? Could it be he has been converted over a period of time? How does one ascertain who has the calling considering the unspeakable and sickening things pastors and priests do nowadays?

But the focus of this article will not be to solve this puzzle as those who have thought deeper into it have ended up being bewildered more and more.

Churches no doubt are places of worship in Nigeria so this piece on how to start a church in Nigeria will enlighten us on what we need to do if we wish to start a church in Nigeria.

Therefore, this will serve as a guide on how to start a church in Nigeria.
1. Have the calling and/or attend a pastoral school. Nowadays, many people have the calling in their many ways. Some pastors have claimed that each time they sleep, Jesus appears to them in their sleep and asks them to go into evangelism.

These claims cannot be verified though; this explains why it is pretty difficult to tell who is genuine or not. But make no mistakes about it, for one to be qualified to be a minister of God, there must be sincere commitment on the person’s part to worship God and further His Word.

Some people may not have the calling, but because of their genuine desire to serve God in truth and in spirit, they enroll in theological/seminary schools so as to be trained in what is expected of them as ministers of God.

Therefore, before thinking of how to start a church in Nigeria, you must have a calling and attend a pastoral school.
2. Name your church and register your Church at Corporate Affairs Commission. For your church to be recognized by Nigerian laws, you must register it with Corporate Affairs Commissions (CAC).

CAC is mandated with the sole responsibility of registering all churches and giving them unique names chosen and submitted by their owners.

The name you register your church with is unique to it alone and nobody is allowed to name after their church that same name under CAC acts.

Therefore, if you are thinking of how to start a church in Nigeria, just bear in mind that you must register your church. Read the full piece on how to register a church in Nigeria on


3. Go on evangelism. Now you are done registering the church, congratulations!

However, the next line of action on how to start a church in Nigeria is going on evangelism. Go to schools, markets, motor parks and other public places, and preach about Christ.

I will also assume that after attending a pastoral school you have memorized very important verses in the Bible. So, when you get to such places, preach to people about Christ and His second coming.

Remember that the church is not a business venture and should not be seen that way. It is important also to define the kind of preacher you wish to be – soul winner, prosperity, miracle worker, etc.

You have to print leaflets and get people to donate money into your ministry. These donations will enable you to probably afford to pay for an event hall or worship place or use the classroom of your schools in the area for Sunday activities.
4. Generate money for your new church. Apart from tasking the members of your church to donate to the new church project, you may write books and sell at a fee as a way of generating money independently to fund your church building project.

The proceeds generated from the books you write about God, Jesus Christ, wealth, success, leadership, love, Christ’s teaching, wisdom, etc. will be channelled into the project.

You may also organize crusade in the heart of the city as a way of getting huge donations in form of tithes and seeds sowing towards building a place of worship for God.

Furthermore, you must know how to use the right verses in the Bible to convince people as to why it is important to donate generously to the church project.

So, to start a church that will attract the right set of people in Nigeria you must build a befitting place of worship for God. And this can be achieved by soliciting for money from worshippers and general public to assisting in funding the project.

You may also consider opening a special bank account for it so that people can credit it no matter where they are in Nigeria. Therefore, if you are thinking of how to start a church in Nigeria, you must think of how to generate money to fund your church building project.
5. Start the church building project. This is the last stage of the steps on how to start a church in Nigeria. When members of the church see that the money they donate are judiciously channelled into building a church for God, they will be compelled to do even more as a way of contributing their quota.

Nigerians are always impelled to do more when they see a genuine project or justification why they should give. Yes, they often gove gladly when they see this.

Depending on the capacity of your new church, you should forecast a project that you are able to complete in the foreseeable future. Get all the architects and engineers to advise you on the best possible project that is achievable within the confines of your budget.
In conclusion, this piece on how to start a church in Nigeria is critical for those who have genuine spiritual calling and want to start a church in Nigeria.

The importance of churches in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. This is because churches over the years have helped Nigeria build a better society. That is correct!

They (churches) help to make Nigerians better people by teaching them how to love one another – even non-Christians.

The Nigerian church has remained critical to the good character moulding and child upbringing by inculcating good morals in them.

Also, church leaders advise and rebuke Nigerian leaders when they enact laws that are against the interest of the people they are supposed to protect and lead aright.

Finally, remember, before you think of how to start a church in Nigeria, your calling must be real because any church built on falsehood will collapse in no time literally.

Therefore, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons and do it now so as to contribute your bit in order to make the Nigerian society a better place to live.

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