CHURCH OF GOD MISSION INTERNATIONAL (CGMi).
To build people into leadership, with a global passion,
deeply rooted in Christ.`
Evangelizing the lost for their total transformation,
spirit, soul and body, developing them into leaders.
Our processes include:
Church of God Mission International, CGMi, as it is now known today, was divinely born by the urge of the Holy Spirit with specific instructions of the Lord to Archbishop B.A. Idahosa, of blessed memory, as follows:
“Raise up an army for me, to go with the gospel to all nations. Gather together those whom I have called and I will send them with the fire of My Spirit. Give My Word and your example to many who will go to teach, preach and heal”.
The Ministry grew from a very humble beginning in 1962 as a prayer and Bible study group first called Calvary Fellowship at a shop in Ivbizua Street, on Mission Road. The formation of this group witnessed the coming together of young men and women hungry for the Word of God.
It was officially inaugurated in 1965 by Rev. Edgar Perkins. On October 26th 1968, Rev. Edgar Perkins approached Assemblies of God to release Benson Idahosa, then a Sunday School Superintendent, to oversee the prayer ministry. The fellowship moved to No. 26, Forestry Road, Benin City with Pastor Benson Idahosa fully in charge. The membership of the fellowship grew numerically. So Pastor Benson Idahosa decided to build a church and this began his building ministry.
He moved the members to Iyaro Church, popularly known as the “Mother Church”. The Ministry became incorporated on the 18th of September, 1974, when it was registered under the Land perpetual succession Acts and Certificate number 1245 was issued. By the time Church of God Mission Iyaro was completed the membership had risen tremendously. The church was declared opened by Papa Gordon Lindsay and Papa Elton.
From Iyaro, the Mother Church, the Ministry’s headquarter moved to Miracle Centre at Airport Road. Archbishop Benson Idahosa laid the foundation of Miracle Centre on Saturday 1st December, 1973 and the church was dedicated on Sunday 9th November, 1975 by Mrs. Freda Lindsay. Later the Ministry’s headquarter finally moved to the historic auditorium known as the Faith Miracle Centre (Faith Arena) Off Adesuwa Road GRA. Faith Arena, an edifice that is a huge dome shaped auditorium, has a large sitting capacity. It is believed to be the first ‘stadium church’ in Africa. It was dedicated and officially opened on 2nd November, 1986.
The building of Faith Miracle Centre auditorium which many refer to as a marvel was a vision fulfilled. In 1983 in far away Australia the Archbishop Benson Idahosa heard God told him to build Him a building that will bring glory and honour to His name.
The primary ministry and focus of Church of God Mission International, CGMi, has always been evangelism. This is living to her motto: Evangelism our Supreme Task. Thus, the church did not only blaze the trail but has always engaged in street evangelism and open air crusades. Through these activities souls were, and still are, daily added to the church and to the Kingdom of God. Indeed, everywhere Archbishop Benson Idahosa, popularly known as Papa, went with the gospel churches were planted and solid structures erected. This has continued even till now under the leadership of His Grace the Most Rev. Margaret E. Benson-Idahosa, the present Archbishop of CGMi.
The Most Rev. M. E. Benson-Idahosa, JP, OON, became the Presiding Bishop of the Ministry after her husband and the founder Archbishop B. A. Idahosa went to be with the LORD in 1998. She was elevated to the position of Archbishop on November 7, 2009.
Today, Church of God Mission International, CGMi, not only has branches in Nigeria, Africa and worldwide but it has also developed infrastructures and various arms in the Ministry to strengthen her ability to fulfill her mandate: Preparing an army to rescue humanity for God. These include:
- The Benson Idahosa University (BIU ).
- International Leadership Resource Institute ( ILRI ).
- All Nations For Christ Bible Institute International ( ANFCBII ).
- Word Of Faith Group Of Schools ( WOF ).
- Faith Mediplex, ( the hospital arm ).
All these could not have happened without a focused, dynamic and spirit filled leadership maintained and enhanced today by our goal getting Archbishop M. E. Benson-Idahosa.