Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations

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Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations
LocationKiev
CountryUkraine
DenominationEvangelical Christian Charismatic
Websitegodembassy.com
History
Founded1994
Founder(s)Sunday Adelaja
Clergy
Senior pastor(s)Sunday Adelaja

Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations (also known as Embassy of God) is a Evangelical Christian Charismatic megachurch, denomination, and parachurch organization headquartered in Kiev, Ukraine. The senior pastor is Sunday Adelaja.

History[edit]

In 1993, the church begin with the pastor Sunday Adelaja and 7 people in an apartment.[1]

The church was official founded in 1994 as the "World of Faith Bible Church". [2] In 2002, the church change his name to "Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations".

In 2008, the church open 20 churches in Ukraine and 18 in the world. [3]

In 2013, the church claim 25,000 members in Kiev, 100,000 members in Ukraine, 1,000 churches in the World. [4] [5][6]

Social programs[edit]

Homeless people are served food in the Stephania Soup Kitchen, run by the Embassy of God.

Thousands people are fed daily soup kitchens in Kiev.[7] The church also has a program helping homeless people acquiring skills, thus helping them back to a normal life and work. According to the church 2,000 children have been helped off the street, and have been returned to their families. Furthermore the church runs a 24-hour hot-line, named "Trust line",[8] for people to call in need. The church also works with addicted people and has a program helping addicted people to be set free from various addictions. The main organization is called "Love Rehabilitation Center".[9] According to the church, more than 5000 drug and alcohol addicted people have been set free from their addiction through their work.[10] [11][12][13]

Schools[edit]

There are many educational institutions connected to the church, and among them the following are more known: the Joshua Missionary Bible Institute in Ukraine,[14] the Center of Restoration of Personality and Transformation of the Society in Ukraine,[15] the History Makers Bible School in the USA,[16] the UK,[17] Germany,[18] France,[19] and the Institute for National Transformation in Nigeria.[20]

Criticism[edit]

The church faces opposition from the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic churches, other Ukrainian Evangelicals,[21] authorities, and political groups. The church receives significant criticism for teaching the doctrine of prosperity.[21] The church's reputation also suffered after members were implicated in a financial fraud case: King’s Capital, a financial group led by a former member of his congregation, promised as much as 60 percent returns on investments and drew many of its investors from the church. Later, several former church members went to the authorities claiming they were unable to recover the money they invested, which left many of them bankrupt. Police later arrested Aleksandr Bandurchenko, a church member and one of King Capital's leaders, on suspicion of fraud.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Afe Adogame, The African Christian Diaspora: New Currents and Emerging Trends in World Christianity, A&C Black, UK, 2013, p. 186
  2. ^ Afe Adogame, The African Christian Diaspora: New Currents and Emerging Trends in World Christianity, A&C Black, UK, 2013, p. 186
  3. ^ Mathijs Pelkmans, Conversion After Socialism: Disruptions, Modernisms and Technologies of Faith in the Former Soviet Union, Berghahn Books, USA, 2009, p. 174
  4. ^ Allan Anderson, An Introduction to Pentecostalism: Global Charismatic Christianity, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2013, p. 109
  5. ^ P. Thomas, P. Lee, Global and Local Televangelism, Springer, USA, 2012, p. 10
  6. ^ Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations , For Partners, godembassy.com, Ukraine, Retrieved October 11, 2017
  7. ^ CLIFFORD J. LEVY, nytimes.com, An Evangelical Preacher’s Message Catches Fire in Ukraine, USA, APRIL 22, 2011
  8. ^ Trust line (Page in Russian)
  9. ^ Love Rehabilitation Center (Page in Russian)
  10. ^ Mark Hutchinson, John Wolffe, A Short History of Global Evangelicalism, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2012, p. 4
  11. ^ Information about Embassy of God Church
  12. ^ Embassy of God: Projects
  13. ^ Stephen Hunt, Handbook of Global Contemporary Christianity: Themes and Developments in Culture, Politics, and Society, BRILL, USA, 2015, p. 62
  14. ^ Joshua Missionary Bible Institute, Ukraine (Page in Russian)
  15. ^ Center of Restoration of Personality and Transformation of the Society, Ukraine (Page in Russian)
  16. ^ History Makers Bible School, United States of America
  17. ^ History Makers Bible School, United Kingdom
  18. ^ History Makers Bible School, Germany (Page in German)
  19. ^ History Makers Bible School, France
  20. ^ Institute for National Transformation, Nigeria
  21. ^ a b Ukraine Evangelicals “Dissociate” themselves from Sunday Adelaja. Religious Information Service of Ukraine. 31.12.2008
  22. ^ Sunday Adelaja Marks 15 Years in Ministry Despite Controversy, Charisma magazine, April 2009

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