1. Ecumenical Apostolic Church – 30 AD (“…upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone” – Eph 2:20)
Beginning in Jerusalem, Christianity spread throughout the Eastern Roman Empire in 40s AD and spread to the Western Roman Empire to reach the city of Rome in 50 AD.
2. The Great Schism – 1054 AD: The “filioque” Schism of the original one “Ecumenical Apostolic Church” gave rise to EASTERN Greek Ecumenical Churches led by Constantinople Patriarchate and WESTERN Latin Catholic Church led by Roman Papacy in 1054.
(Constantinople Church which led the East called themselves ROMAN ECUMENICAL Patriarchate in Greek, while Rome Church which led the West called itself ROMAN CATHOLIC Papacy in Latin.)
NOTE: The word UNIVERSAL is ECUMENICAL in Greek but CATHOLIC in Latin.
3. Anglican Church – 300 AD (Reformed from Romanism into Protestantism – 1537)
4. Lutheran Church – 1517. .
5. Presbyterian Church – 1560.
6. Baptist Church- 1605.
7. Church of the Brethren (Germany) – 1708.
8. Methodist Church – 1739.
9. Seventh Day Adventist – 1860.
10. Jehovah Witnesses – 1870.
11. SUM which gave rise to TEKAN – 1904.
12. Cherubim and Seraphim – 1925.
13. Christ Apostolic Church – 1941.
14. Celestial Church – 1947.
15. RCCG – 1952.
16. Winners Chapel – 1981.
17. Deeper Life – 1982.
18. Mountain of Fire – 1989.
19. Christ Embassy – 1990.
20. The Lord’s Chosen – 2002.
There are about 31,000 Christian denominations the whole world and 8,426 of them are founded by Nigerians and still counting…???
Church denominations may be many but the *Foundation* of the Church is One IN Christ and the *Mission* of the Church is One FOR Christ.
*CHURCH TRADITIONS. Which is yours?*
There are FOUR MAIN types of CHURCH TRADITIONS for doctrinal and liturgical authority:
1. CATHOLIC TRADITION places highest authority on traditional teachings and practices obtainable in the historical past of the Church deemed to be reliably progressive on top of the Scriptures. Seen in Orthodox, Roman and Anglo-catholic churches.
2. EVANGELICAL TRADITION places highest authority on teachings and practices derivable from or agreeable to plain Scriptures, regarding as unreliable for salvation and eternal verity any further progress on top of the Scriptures. Seen in Reformed, Presbyterian, Anglican, Puritan, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal and Charismatic churches.
3. RATIONAL LIBERAL TRADITION places highest authority on teachings and practices derivable by human reflections and acceptable to human reason, deemed to be reliably progressive on top of the Scriptures. Seen in liberal Reformed, Presbyterian, Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist churches
4. MYSTICAL LIBERAL TRADITION places highest authority on teachings and practices derived from revelations and leadings perceived to have come from the Holy Spirit, deemed to be reliably progressive on top of the Scriptures. Seen in Pentecostal and Charismatic churches.