Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The New Covenant Church started in October 1985 with the first worship venue at the Women Training Centre, Samonda, in Ibadan, Nigeria. In 1986, the first centre in the United Kingdom started at Elephant and Castle, London. We presently have over 500 branches of the Church in Africa, Europe, America, Middle East and Asia. Over 400 of the branches are located in Nigeria. The General Overseer is Rev. Paul Jinadu. Rev. Emmanuel O. Ajao is the Associate General Overseer.
Our Deputy General Overseers are Rev. Obafemi Omisade (Europe and North America) and Rev. M. Olufemi Oyelade (Africa and the Rest of the World).
Rev. Oyelade is also the National Overseer in Nigeria. The Nigeria National Administrative Office is at Ijokodo, Ibadan.
The New Testament knows only one church. The only thing that divided that Church was geographical boundaries. It would appear that if an area could be adequately administered under a local or city council it formed the basis for a local church organization. Bearing in mind that a local church comprises all the congregations in a geographical boundary, what unity there would be when all churches come together under apostolic teams nation-wide? When that happens the Church would have come of age and the gates of hell would no longer prevail.
The Church of Jesus Christ is built on the foundation of apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Cornerstone. This can be described as the “Jerusalem Foundation”. It started in the Upper Room in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. Four hundred years later, during the reign of Emperor Constantine, a new foundation emerged. In his efforts to unite the Roman Empire and at the same time to steer away from the worship of Caesar the newly converted Emperor constituted the Church of Rome. That effort, which can be described as the “Rome Foundation”, brought a lot of corruption and pagan practices to the Church of Jesus Christ.
Numerous efforts have been made ever since to relieve the Church of these burdens. From the protest by Martin Luther against the excesses of the Roman Church to the Baptists who revived baptism by immersion, to the Pentecostal revival accompanied by the manifestation of spiritual gifts, the Church has been going through the reformation process. What the Church needs is not more of reformation (a mere repair job on a wrong foundation), it is Restoration – a return to the original pattern and practices of the Church of the New Testament. This is the vision of New Covenant Church.
A return to the original pattern of the church entails engaging only in biblical teaching and practices, especially as expounded in the New Testament by Jesus Christ Himself in the Gospels, and by the Apostles in the Epistles. If Jesus is the Founder and Head of the Church, then the Church needs to preach, teach and practise only what He (Jesus) taught.
Apostles and prophets are vital parts of the foundation of the Church. To start a church without this foundation is to compound the problem we already have. Though we may have a statement of faith, aims and objectives, these are merely a framework. They cannot form the basis of the church. Yet the dilemma facing many sincere servants of God who want to serve God with a clear conscience, in an atmosphere of liberty, and under Biblical leadership, without domination, is in finding a spiritual home where there is true apostolic vision.
Central to this vision is the provision of a platform for people who have the call of God on their lives and who are willing to enter into relationship and partnership in ministry. We endeavour to create opportunities for these ministries to find expression and fulfillment.
In the Great Commission, our Lord commands us to “make disciples of all nations”. To realistically evangelize the world every believer must be equipped and empowered to win souls and bring them to maturity. In other words, it is the duty of each Christian to duplicate himself/herself in a new convert to Christ. Training and materials are provided for each member to carry out one to one follow-up of new converts who can soon become disciples, able to win others to Christ.
To build city churches around the world.
(These churches are to be at least 1% of the local population. This proportion will enable the Church to be an influence for good and for change in the community).
To bring every member into maturity in Christ.
To foster deep and meaningful fellowship.
To encourage and work for unity among all believers.
To work for the good of the Community.
To play a positive role in the life of the nation.
To provide opportunities for service.
To be actively involved in missions at home and abroad.