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The beginnings of living faith church can be traced back to May 1983 when David Oyedepo at age 26 claims to have had an 18 – hour vision from God. In this vision, God spoke to him saying, “Now the hour has come to liberate the world from all oppressions of the devil, through the preaching of the word of faith, “and I am sending you to undertake this task”. Two years later the church began to operate with four members, on December 11th, 1983. And in 2014, the church is in 65 countries. Living faith church world wide (also known as winners chapel) is a Pentecostal Church that went into the establishment of schools early. Therefore this research is set to examine “The Influence of Living Faith Church on the Development of Education in Akwa Ibom State”. In order to arrive at this, the researcher employed distinct research methods, such as distributing questionnaires and the empirical method. The findings showed that living faith church incorporated among its mandate the establishment of schools as a goal, and as much as possible were ever it exists. In Akwa Ibom State, the church had established about 7 schools in different locations. The schools not only complement in the educational development of the state, it serves as Employment Avenue for workers. The work concluded that, while living faith church’s schools are not presently for the poor as compared with the earlier mission schools, the church can do better in realigning with the basic philosophy of church involvement in education by making it affordable to the nearest of the people.









Title Page        –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           i

Certification                –           –           –           –           –           –           –           ii

Dedication      –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           iii

Abstract          –           –           –           –           –           –           –           –           vi

Table of Contents       –           –           –           –           –           –           –           vii



  • Background of the Study –           –           –           –           –           1
  • Statement of the Problem –           –           –           –           2
  • Purpose of the Study – –           –           –           –           –           3
  • Significance of the Study –           –           –           –           –           4
  • Scope of the Study –           –           –           –           –           –           4
  • Research Questions –           –           –           –           –           –           4
  • Organization of the Study –           –           –           –           –           5
  • Definition of Terms –           –           –           –           –           –           5

End Notes       –           –           –           –           –           –           –           6



2.1       A brief Survey of Christianity and Educational

Development   –           –           –           –           –           –           –           7

2.2       Various Views and Methods of Educational

Development –           –           –           –           –           –           –           10

2.2.1    The Class View/ Function of Education         –           –           –           10

2.2.2    The Functionalist Focus on the Position Function

Performed the Education System       –           –           –           –           10

2.3       Reasons and Objectives of Education            –           –           –           13

2.4       The Philosophy of Christian Missionary Educational

Endeavour in Nigeria              –           –           –           –           –           13

2.5       A Brief Summary of the Involvement of Christian

Churches in the Educational Development of

Akwa Ibom State        –           –           –           –           –           –           14

End Notes       –           –           –           –           –           –           –           16



3.1       Akwa Ibom State, History/ Location and

the People       –           –           –           –           –           –           –           17

3.1.1    The Geographical, Economical, Social and

Political Life of Akwa Ibom State     –           –           –           –           19

3.1.2    Educational Development in Akwa Ibom State         –           –           21

3.2       History of Living Faith Church                      –           –           –           22

3.2.1    The History of Living Faith Church and it’s

Advent in Akwa Ibom State  –           –           –           –           –           24

3.2.2    Some Major Belief, Teachings and Practices of

Living Faith Church in Akwa Ibom State      –           –           –           24

3.2.3    Living Faith Church and Educational Endeavour of

Living Faith Church in Akwa Ibom State      –           –           –           26



4.2       Data Presentation and Analysis          –           –           –           –           30

4.3       Discussion of Findings           –           –           –           –           –           37



5.1       Summary         –           –           –           –           –           –           –           38

5.2       Conclusion      –           –           –           –           –           –           –           38

5.3       Recommendation        –           –           –           –           –           –           39

Bibliography               –           –           –           –           –           –           41

Appendixes     –           –           –           –           –           –           –           42




1.1       Background of the Study 

In the 21st century, it is no doubt that education is a vehicle that drives every society towards development and healthy living. In a nut shell, healthy living here has to do with living above the level of ignorance, illiteracy and poverty. In a country like Nigeria for example where there are over 170 million inhabitants, it has been observed that in some areas like in Akwa Ibom State, some people are still far from being educated which is not in the best interest of the country if it must transit into a developed society. Education, they say “is light and failure to live and work in this light, could promote a major set back for her country, as the growth of her economy could be tampered wing to the citizens who are not well enlightened. Osokoya in his article, “education and National development”1 the Nigerian perspectives opines that all schools at various levels are expected to educate future leaders and develop the high level of technical capacities needed for economic growth and development.2

However, while the missionaries brought with them education in the 19th century as a medium to evangelize Nigeria for Christianity,3 it has been observed that the South Western part of the country which comprises the Yoruba speaking people were enthusiastic and made good use of this golden opportunity. This in one way have contributed to the right level of industrialization and the establishment of a good number of schools at various levels of learning in this culture zone.

While the government took over the responsibility of the education of her citizens from the church, the Christian church has not relented in the establishment of schools in nufereon. Today in Akwa Ibom State, Living Faith Church have established a good number of primary and secondary schools as well as tertiary institutions in Nigeria and extended this endeavour to promote the development of education which will bring about the growth of the Nigerian society. Hence, it is against the background of this study that the influence of living faith church on the development of education in Akwa Ibom State would be explored.


1.2       Statement of the Problem

The living faith church international is one Pentecostal church which as not long from it’s establishing undertaken the establishmentof schools early enough in Nigeria and in Akwa Ibom State in particular. However, there is a contrast presently between the primary reasons for the establishment of schools by the missionaries and the schools by Christian churches to day. In the early days of the Christian church in Nigeria, schools were established for the purpose of evangelization and development but on the contrary, today the Christian church is approaching it from the angle of personal benefits. While the general overseer of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo received a vision from God to raise future leaders that will alleviate poverty from the nation, yet the schools established by him through his church are unaffordable by the poor in the society including the children of the average members of the church whose offerings have been used for the establishment of such schools.

Further more, as opposed to what obtained in the early days of the missionaries in the country, became a problem whereby the schools established by these (Pentecostal) churches close their door  against those who do not su7bscribe to their doctrines. It is also observed that these schools established by the Living Faith Church impose their doctrines on the students of thee school. As a result of this problem, stated above there is a severe misconception about any church venturing into the establishment of schools at the present and in Nigeria as such the present endeavour of the mission of the churches, the churches run counter to which is evangelization and development. Without bias as epitomized by the ministry of Christ in the suspecs.


1.3       Purpose of the Study 

The cardinal purpose of this study includes the following:

  1. To outline the influence of living faith church on the development of education in Akwa Ibom State.
  2. To discuss the issue Christianity’s involvement in educational endeavour on a general note, showing the method and goals of education on the Christian church.
  • To briefly survey Christianity and educational development in Akwa Ibom State, and how and when the Living Faith Church fits in.
  1. To examine the motives behind the establishment of schools by the living faith church, and especially as it relates to Akwa Ibom state under the following headings;
  • The advent of Living Faith Church in Akwa Ibom State.
  • The place and role of the establishment of schools in the overall doctrinal belief, teachings and practices of living faith church in Akwa Ibom State.
  1. To appraise the contribution of the educational endeavour of living faith church in Akwa Ibom State.




1.4       Significance of the Study   

This research work is significant in the following ways:

  1. To examine the problem that churches in the country do encounter in the establishment of school and how living faith church has achieved success in the establishment of schools.
  2. To properly position the status of the schools that are established by living faith church in Akwa Ibom State.
  • The findings of this work will also add substantially to the body of knowledge in Nigeria and in Akwa Ibom State church history.
  1. This research, will serve as a resource base to scholars and researchers interested in carrying out further research. In this field subsequently, it applied it will go to an extent to provide new explanation to the topic.


1.5       Scope of the Study 

The researcher limits the scope of this work to the influence of living faith church on the development of education in Akwa Ibom State as a whole, taking into consideration its educational endeavour in some of the 32 Local Government Areas of the State.


1.6       Research Questions  

  1. What is the influence of the living faith church on the development of education in Akwa Ibom State?
  2. What are the educational edeavours of living faith church in Akwa Ibom State?
  3. What are the factors that can contribute to the rapid development of education in Akwa Ibom State?




1.7       Organization of the Study  

This work is arranged in five chapters, chapter one gives a general introduction to the work, chapter two is a review of related literature on educational development in Nigeria, chapter three examines the study area and methodology of the work, chapter four presents and analyze data and also discuss the findings.

And finally, chapter five gives a summary, conclusion and recommendation of the work.


1.8       Definition of Terms

The following terms will be defined in the course of this work such as: influence, development and education.

Influence: The term influence, according to new English dictionary, can be defined as the power to change or affect someone or something. Also it can be seen as the power to course changes, without directly forcing them to happen.

Influence according to vocabulary dictionary, is the power to have an important effect on someone or something.

Development: New English Dictionary defines development as he active placement of new ideas to practical problem. Development can also mean the process of developing growth and direct change.

Education: Education according to oxford dictionary is the process of facilitating learning or the acquiring of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. Education can also be seen as the art or process of imparting knowledge, skill or judgments.





Osokoya, “Education and National Development”.


Fafunwa Baba “History of Education in West Africa”.













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