What Is The Universal Church? Who We Are, and How We Define The Universal Church


The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God was established over four decades ago as an expression of faith in the living God. As a Bible-based church, its goals are to reveal the power of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in transforming and saving lives.

After the creation of the universe, God the Father was the member of the Trinity to first manifest to mankind, speaking and teaching them how to follow and obey His principles. These teachings were given to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and so many other heroes of faith who followed and obeyed His voice.

Yet despite centuries of God’s attentive love and mercy and establishing a covenant with His people, mankind allowed their sin to corrupt them and turn them away from God. Most strayed from righteousness and obedience to God and followed the urges of their own heart. But God, in His infinite grace and love for humanity, sent His Only Son as the fulfillment of His Holy Law and Commandments, to be a sacrifice for our sins.



God’s Solution for a Sinful World


The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son, revealed Himself to mankind in human form when He was born into the world. He suffered, was crucified, died and was buried, but on the third day He rose again. He guaranteed salvation for mankind and freedom from all of the oppression of the evil one, for any and all who repent and choose to believe.

After the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and His return to heaven, God the Holy Spirit manifest His presence among mankind, beginning from the day of Pentecost and continuing on until today. He reveals Himself within the hearts of believers who surrender their lives completely to Him as they put their faith in the risen Savior, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sins through of our conscience, revealing our sinful state so that we can truly repent, receive God’s forgiveness and be welcomed into His Kingdom.

The Holy Trinity acts in unity, power and wisdom from eternity to eternity, and reveals His will to us today through the Bible, which is divinely inspired as stated in 1 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for rebuking, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be perfect and perfectly equipped for every good work.”

Whoever places his life in God’s hands can only perform His good works once he first repents of his sins. This inner transformation is publicly expressed through water baptism by immersion. The sinful human nature is buried, and a new person is born as he is raised up from his watery grave, ready to do God’s will on earth.


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Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Baptism in the Spirit of God is an act of grace and is performed by the Lord Jesus Himself in any who desire to be purified and walk in holiness. The Universal Church (UCKG) bases its faith and belief on the Word of God alone, in order to ensure that there is no deception and that the Holy Spirit is the only one who leads the church.


The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper holds a high place of importance as a ceremony of the church. Not only is it a symbol of God’s people partaking in the body and blood of the Lord, but the church is strengthened physically and spiritually as each person is reminded of the blood that was shed for them and the high price with which their salvation was bought. It is a solemn time of renewing our covenant vows with God.


Tithes and Offerings

The Universal Church also believes that the Word of God teaches that the giving of tithes and offerings is sacred to Him. Tithing signifies faithfulness, and offerings signify the love of a servant for his Lord. Anyone who serves God is granted the right to an abundant life, as stated by the Lord Jesus in John 10:10, “I came that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.”

In short, the Universal Church believes that everyone is called to have an active faith and lifelong relationship with the Lord Jesus to gain eternal life, which He has promised to all who persevere until the end. “To the overcomer, I will give you to sit with Me on My throne, just as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:21


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Social Networks

Follow the Universal Church on its various social media platforms as we teach salvation, deliverance, love, knowledge of His Word and the abundant live that He promises all who believe. Follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Living Faith Network

The Universal Church sponsors and produces this 24-hour nationwide cable network that airs programs of faith, deliverance and testimonies of radical life transformations through the power of God. The majority of the programming is aired live and hosted by Universal Church pastors from a variety of states around the US. A 24-hour helpline is available for counseling, taking prayer requests and providing information to callers.


What is the universal church USA
What is the universal church USA

Showdown of Faith

The Showdown of Faith television program is hosted by Bishop Joshua Fonseca of The Universal Church and currently airing on the Living Faith Network every day, and the BET network on weekends. The Showdown of Faith has changed the lives of thousands of people around the US, breaking the chains of spiritual oppression, generational curses, sicknesses, depression, and teaching the power of salvation by faith.


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It all started in a small gazebo in the Meier neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. Carting his portable speaker, microphone and Bible, the then pastor Edir Macedo Bezerra would climb up the seven steps of the gazebo to preach to the few who gathered at the park every Saturday afternoon. This was the first step in the growth of The Universal Church, whose main supporter was Mrs. Eugênia Bezerra, mother of today’s Bishop Edir Macedo.

The Funeral Home

The first church building was an old funeral parlor in the neighborhood of Abolição, (named after the abolition of slavery) in Rio de Janeiro. That was where the first meeting was held on July 9, 1977 after simple renovations were done by the pastors and volunteers among the church members. The help of those first members was crucial. Albino da Silva found the property and his wife Lindalva donated the fan to help with the intense tropical heat.

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The founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, Bishop Edir Macedo, was born in the state of Minas de Gerais. He became a civil servant in 1963, organizing the operations of the State Lottery of Rio de Janeiro (Loterj) and worked at the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) as a researcher in the economic census of 1970. He chose to resign from his 16-year career as a civil servant in order to dedicate himself to doing the Work of God full time, which many of his detractors saw as reckless and irresponsible at the time.

He married Ester Bezerra, and they now have two married daughters of their own, Cristiane and Viviane, and an adopted son, Moyses. Edir Macedo always enjoys speaking about the invaluable support given to him by his wife over their decades-long marriage and ministry. A foundational part of his teaching is the importance of marriage, and that a woman plays a crucial role in the family. She teaches her children to grow into men and women of faith, she cares for her husband and home, and is busy filling her day with the direction she receives from the Lord. This is how a woman of God makes a difference in this world.

Edir Macedo’s educational background consists of: a Masters in Theology from the seminary of United Evangelical University of Theology and the University of Theological Education in the State of São Paulo (Fatebom). An honorary doctorate in theology and Christian philosophy in divinity, in addition to a master’s degree in Theological Sciences at the Federation of Evangelical Religious Entities of Spain (FEREDE) in Madrid, Spain.


Published Works

Bishop Macedo has authored over 50 books on faith, doctrine and biblical studies that have all focused on teaching a practical faith that is meant to be lived in an intimate relationship with God. His first published work propelled his ministry into the thousands of members as people were amazed to learn about the biblical truths behind the demonic practices of witchcraft and the occult that were (and still are) so common in Brazil. After the printing of “Orixas, Caboclos and Guides,” the doors of the Universal Church swarmed with people day and night, eager for deliverance from evil spirits and healing from sicknesses, and many new churches had to be opened and pastors needed to be trained.

From that point on, Bishop Macedo saw the need for more teaching to help unbelievers find salvation and grow strong in faith, and new books were written steadily over the years. Each of his books have been translated into various languages where the Universal Church is established around the world.

The release of the three books of his memoir trilogy created a revolution in the publishing industry in Brazil where they were first published in the Portuguese language starting from 2012 until 2015. “Nothing to Lose,” by the Planeta Publishing Company, is based on extensive interviews with journalist Douglas Tavolaro.

The autobiography covers the many controversial issues surrounding his life, his struggles during persecution, his eleven-day incarceration under a corrupt justice system in 1992, and how he was able to overcome insurmountable odds through his faith. He reveals secrets that had been kept for decades, as well as intimate details of his personal life. He recounts the miraculous turn of events that allowed for the purchase of the Brazilian Record TV network during a tumultuous, financial crises in the country, and the constant attacks against his character and the church itself, proving that whatever God opens, no one can close.

The first book of the trilogy was released in several cities in Brazil and broke all records to become an all-time best seller in 2012, repeating that success in other countries. Artists, politicians, academics and people of all walks of life were eager to find out who this man was, the man who had changed the course of their country and would not let his faith be shaken, even in the face of so much persecution.

Volumes 2 and 3 of “Nothing to Lose” repeated the success of the first book. They cover the subjects of the purchases of the first radio and TV Record, the expansion of the Universal Church to countries around the world and the unique struggles found in each place. The final book culminates in the construction of the new Universal Church headquarters, the replica of the Temple of Solomon in Sao Paolo in 2014. The story recounts the poignancy of the once vilified Pastor Macedo finally preaching to a packed sanctuary filled with leaders of the same political, legal and media institutions that once hated him, yet who were now respectfully honoring his words in that inaugural meeting of the Temple of Solomon. God proves Himself faithful to those who are faithful.