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Variables and determinants of numerical church growth : a research project on Ridgeways Baptist Church, Nairobi

Author: Owayo, CollinsYudah Ochieng

Awarding University: Daystar University, Kenya

Level : MSc

Year: 2011

Holding Libraries: Daystar University Library ;

Subject Terms: Religious organizations ; Ridgeways Baptist Church, Nairobi, Kenya ; Evangelism ;

Abstract:

This research project had set out to investigate which of the ten selected variables was responsible for numerical church growth of a local church in Nairobi, and had chosen Ridgeways Baptist Church for this study. Furthermore, it was to use the opportunity provided by the study to also investigate the state of health of this local church in its performance of the functions of a church, namely worship, nurture, and evangelism. The subject of church growth is multifaceted. There is spiritual growth, also known as conceptual church growth in which the Christian grows spiritually to a level where he or she is conceptually conscious and aware of himself or herself and his or her surroundings as a Christian. There is also numerical church growth which is the increase in numbers of members of a congregation in a local church through the addition of those who are being saved. Incarnational growth leads the mature Christian to identify with, live among, and be part of the community to which he or she has taken the gospel. This research project set out to study and test the role of worship, nurture, evangelism, leadership, prayer, preaching/teaching of the Word of God, desire and commitment to numerical growth, investment in numerical church growth, stewardship, and hospitality/relationships as variables of numerical church growth at Ridgeways Baptist Church. Ridgeways has been reported to be a growing local church and has been described by some as ?a church bursting at the seams.? Finally, the research project was to answer the four project research questions set for the study.

Prevelant themes of Christian outreach media broadcasts : a case study of Neno Evangelism Centre

Author: Isige, Kenneth

Awarding University: Africa International University, Kenya

Level : MDiv

Year: 2010

Holding Libraries: Africa International University Library ;

Subject Terms: Religion/Broadcasting/Broadcasting industry/Neno Evangelism Centre, Nairobi/Television/Media ;

Abstract:

Television broadcasting has grown-to become among the most influential communicative media to many Kenyans, cutting across diverse social classes. Whether used for informative, educative or entertainment purposes, television's multimedia forms open multifaceted communication channels in passing on messages while reaching masses of viewers. Many Churches have taken to employing televised media broadcasting in their endeavor to spread and share the Gospel message. This study identifies the thematic content of televised Christian outreach media broadcasts, and examines how these themes are related to television as a media. The research pursues a case study approach, focusing on the televised broadcasts of Neno Evangelism Centre Nairobi, during the year 2009.

An investigation of the challenges in implementing cell group based Evangelism in Buruburu estate churches

Author: Irungu, Elvis Njeru

Awarding University: Africa International University, Kenya

Level : MDiv

Year: 2010

Holding Libraries: Africa International University Library ;

Subject Terms: Religious organizations/Evangelism/Clergy/Buru Buru, Nairobi, Kenya/ ;

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The purpose of this research was to find out the challenges that hamper the success of cell group evangelism in Buruburu churches. The pastors in Buruburu want to see their cell groups bring souls into the kingdom, but there is very little success The research questions focused finding out the senior pastors' leadership role in cell groups, how evangelism is carried out in Buruburu cell groups, and the challenges that are there in doing evangelism in cell groups. I also asked unbelievers what they think about churches and whether they would like to attend cell groups. The findings will help the pastors in Buruburu see how they can improve their cell groups. The study was done in five Buruburu churches which have cell groups. All these churches have evangelism as a core function of their cell groups. The research involved interviewing pastors from these churches because they are knowledgeable about what happens in their cell groups. There was also an observation of cell groups to see the extent to which they do evangelism. More still, there was a survey done in three big churches to find out why the cell group non-attendees do not go for cell groups. Lastly I interviewed some unbelievers in Buruburu in order to find out what they do not like about churches. This study found out that the pastors have little knowledge about how cell churches run yet they have cell groups in their churches. As a result, cell groups are badly managed. Despite all the churches having evangelism as an objective for their cell groups, none of the cell groups practiced it. The study also discovered various things that hinder people from participating in cell groups. They range from leaving work late, lack of cell groups in some areas, having other important priorities at the time of meetings and tiredness among others. It as well found out unbelievers do not like bad sermons, lack of financial integrity in churches and other things. The study also found that unbelievers do not have problems going for cell groups in Buruburu. Based on the findings, it is important that the pastors learn how cell groups work in other contexts. They also need to promote evangelism aggressively before concluding that cell groups cannot work in the area. Churches should also look for the most appropriate time for the cell groups meetings. They as well need to start cell groups where church members live and no cell exists. Lateness in cell groups should be checked. Unbelievers expect the pastors to be people of character in both conduct and financial matters. They also advice the pastors to preach good sermons, get involved in social action and do evangelism.

Evangelism to Ethiopian refugees : a study of methods used by E.F.C.E.K - Nairobi Eastleigh Branch

Author: Wechefo, Solomon Esayas

Awarding University: Africa International University, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2010

Holding Libraries: Africa International University Library ;

Subject Terms: Religion/Christianity/Evangelical Fellowship Church of Ethiopians in Kenya/Evangelism/Refugees/Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya/ ;

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The purpose of this research was to examine methods of evangelism to the Ethiopian refugees in Nairobi city and the missiological implications: a case study of the Evangelical Fellowship Church of Ethiopians in Kenya -Eastleigh Branch. The study also endeavours to contribute strategies and factors that would enhance evangelism to Ethiopian refugees. The researcher reviewed relevant literature that shows the need of evangelism for refugees living in urban settings. The significance of this study is that it contributes to church evangelism especially for those who engage in evangelizing the refugees in urban settings. An interview guide was used in order to get information from the respondents. Different groups were interviewed: church leaders including pastors, elders and ministry leaders; refugee converts who are church members; and church members who are not refugees at all. In order to achieve the objectives of this research, the following research questions where posited which gave direction to the research effort. 1. What are the methods of evangelism implemented by EFCEK to reach out Ethiopian Refugees in Nairobi Eastleigh? 2. to what extent has the evangelism methods used by EFCEK to lead Ethiopian Refugees to salvation and disciples of Jesus. 3. What are the strength and weaknesses ofthese methods in evangelism to Ethiopian Refugees? First, the research found that personal evangelism and relational evangelism was the key factor that contributed highly to bring conversion to the refugees in the process of evangelism by Evangelical Fellowship Church of Ethiopians in Kenya. This method served as the main engine for all other approaches. Through personal and relational evangelism, church members are able to invite refugees to church services, conferences, music concerts and other events which give chances to share the gospel. Second, language is one of the factors that contributed to the effectiveness of evangelism because it paves ways for EFCEK church members and leaders to communicate the gospel easily. Third, the research shows that shared culture (strong community bonding) is one factor which enhanced the evangelism. Fourth, a vibrant and indigenous worship style was also one of the effective methods advancing evangelism to the refugees. On the other hand, the findings shows that there are some areas that the church did not do well, such as partnering with other Kenyan churches, not being more creative, a lack of unity among the Ethiopian churches and a weak social justice approach to the refugees and a few more factors that the EFCEK could have utilized.

Mobilizing the Anglican church for evangelism and renewal : a case study of All Saint's Cathedral Diocese

Author: Kariuki, Cyrus Manje

Awarding University: Africa International University, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2010

Holding Libraries: Africa International University Library ;

Subject Terms: Christianity/Protestantism/Religion/Evangelism/All Saints Cathedral Diocese, Nairobi/ ;

Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to investigate how the Anglican Church of Kenya, All Saints Cathedral Diocese, can mobilize its membership for renewal and evangelism. The findings of this research can be adopted by the other Dioceses within the Anglican Church of Kenya in mobilizing their Churches for renewal and evangelism. Interviews were carried out on 7 parish priests and 6 lay persons out of the ten parishes within the All Saints Cathedral Diocese. Five research questions were designed to help in this study. The five research questions are: (1) What are the evangelistic and renewal strategies being put in place within the All saints Cathedral Diocese? (2) What are the factors that hinder All Saints Cathedral Diocese in her achieving evangelism and renewal objectives? (3) What are the criteria that are used in identifying potential evangelists and missionaries? (4) How are the evangelists and missionaries trained within All Saints Cathedral Diocese? Among the major findings in this study is the need for the Anglican Church of Kenya, All Saints Cathedral Diocese to have the renewal and evangelism work coordinated right from the Diocese to the Parishes. Effective training and equipping of missioners was also identified as key to fruitful ministry, as well as availing adequate resources for evangelism, as this is the core business of the Church.

Methods of teaching Biblical stewardship of giving at the Christ Mission Celebration Ministry Dagoretti Market

Author: Njoroge, Peter Macharia

Awarding University: Africa International University, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2010

Holding Libraries: Africa International University Library ;

Subject Terms: Religious organizations ; Educators ; Finance ; Evangelism ; Christ Mission Celebration Ministry, Dagoretti ; Dagoretti, Nairobi, Kenya ;

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Because of its ambitious evangelism programme, which demands substantial financial commitments, with a slightly high numerical growth rate, Christ Mission Celebration Ministry-Dagoretti Market needs to improve the giving trend among its members. It is therefore imperative that the church leaders use appropriate teaching methods in order to be effective in achieving the goals of stewardship of giving. The purpose of this study was threefold. First was to find out the various teaching methods used to teach about the stewardship of giving in this church, second was to find out factors that affect the effective use of different teaching methods, and finally was to find out how members of this church assess these various methods in terms of their effectiveness. Qualitative study was applied in this research. Data was collected through interviews. The ten participants were drawn from the total membership of this church. The data collected from the interviewees were analyzed using qualitative methods of open, axial and selective coding. The study revealed that lecture is mostly used as the major teaching method on the concept of giving at Christ Mission Celebration Ministry-Dagoretti Market. It also came out clearly that there are some church leaders who model what they teach through generous giving. Another finding was that most of the leaders interact freely but casually with the laity and this is perceived as a sure way of enhancing their teaching objectives. The analysis of the data gathered from the respondents and the corresponding interpretations provided answers to the research questions. Based on the findings, possible conclusions and recommendations were made on how to bring improvement in teaching on the concept of stewardship of giving. From the findings, recommendations were made of exploring the possibility of the church offering assistance to train these leaders on how to use diverse teaching methods in their teaching lessons. It was further recommended that the church incorporate the leaders when planning, implementing and evaluating its teaching lessons. These would help the leaders to come up with common objectives to aim at. Another emerging recommendation is that the church should woo those members of its congregation with higher academic training to join its leadership. Their services would be very influential in reaching out to all kinds of people in its congregation.

A study of the factors that have influenced church growth in Africa Inland Church (A.I.C.) Dandora in Nairobi from 1998 to 2008

Author: Muthuka, Sammy Muthini

Awarding University: Africa International University, Kenya

Level : MDiv

Year: 2010

Holding Libraries: Africa International University Library ;

Subject Terms: Religious congregations ; Christianity ; Africa Inland Church, Kenya ; Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya ; Evangelism ;

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The purpose of this research was to shed light into the factors that have influenced the growth of AIC Dandora from a congregation of about 80 in 1992 to about 600 members in 2008. These factors will help the churches that are struggling with church growth despite several years of existence come with strategies for growth in comparison to AIC Dandora. Literature review related to this study was established from scholars who are quite knowledgeable in the church growth and leadership. The method used for this research was qualitative where 106 participants were interviewed by use of open and semi-structured questions. The analysed findings indicated that major factors that have contributed to this growth included, evangelism, home cells prayer fellowships, well-coordinated Christian Education Departments (C.E.D) and also effective leadership. Based on the findings ofthis study, recommendations are that the church should embrace more on doing Evangelism to the unreached, and also the CED groups should be engaged more. It is through these groups that person to person can be addressed and talents can be properly utilised since they can be identified.

A critical exploration of mission practices of selected Kenyan churches among the unreached peoples of Northern Kenya between 1960 and 2008 : a case study of ACK, AIC, CITAM and KAG ministries in Marsabit

Author: Muchilwa, Bernard Amianda

Awarding University: Africa International University, Kenya

Level : MTh

Year: 2010

Holding Libraries: Africa International University Library ;

Subject Terms: Religious organizations ; Evangelism ; Traditions ; Marsabit District ; Anglican Church of Kenya ; Africa Inland Church, Kenya ; Christ is the Answer Ministries (CITAM) ; Kenya Assemblies of God ; Gabra (African people) ; Rendille (African people) ; Boran (African people) ; So ;

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With statistics indicating that Northern Kenya is the least reached area of Kenya with the gospel, there is a need to know how Kenyan churches are responding to the challenge. This study sought to critically explore the mission practices of selected Kenyan churches among the unreached peoples of Northern Kenya, Marsabit District, in the period 1960 - 2008. The researcher investigated Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), Africa Inland Church (AIC), Christ is the Answer Ministries (CITAM), and Kenya Assemblies of God (KAG) ministries. The selected churches' mission theories, activities, and their contextual relevance among the Gabra, Rendile, Borana, and Somali ethnic groups were explored. The researcher used qualitative approach in collecting data with much leaning on ethnographic interviewing and limited participant observation. The sample had forty two informants who were drawn from field missionaries, mission leaders, mission trainers, leaders of mission agencies in Northern Kenya, and indigenous people who represent the communities the churches are serving. The study found that these churches use conventional evangelistic and holistic methods with little contextualization. Practices like 'storying', veterinary camps, and 'performance of miracles' have great impact. Traditional culture, especially the sorio sacrificial system, is strongly embedded in the communities and is a key to reaching these communities. There are numerous infrastructural, security, economic, environmental, cultural, and religious challenges to missions in Northern Kenya. For missions to succeed in this region stake holders must take note of these challenges and equip missionaries and natives to plant contextually relevant churches.

The role of women in evangelism, case study of selected women evangelists in Nairobi and Kiambu, Kenya

Author: Gathoni, I M

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2009

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library ;

Subject Terms: Women ; Evangelism ; Nairobi ; Social conditions and trends ;

Abstract:

This study is an investigation into the role of women in Evangelism. The study has looked at the discrepancy between the churches general attitude towards the role of women in Ministry and their actual involvement in ministry. The study also sets out to establish the Greco-Roman, Jewish and African cultures on the role women play in the church. This study also looks into the challenges women evangelists encounter in their service to the church as well as their achievements. Mary Akatsa, Wairimu Nelson, Judy Mbugua and Margaret Wangari were the selected women evangelists in Nairobi and Kiambu districts. These women hold their meetings and crusades in Nairobi where they draw large crowds. Most of the people who attend these meetings do so in the hope that they will receive faith healing and other miracles. The gift of charisma and divination that are common amongst these evangelists act as a magnet to draw people to these meetings. Many people allege that they are cured or healed of many diseases, some of which are known to have no cure. For instance, many people have alleged to be cured of HIV/AIDS OS at these meetings. This study concluded that women evangelists have responded to the needs that have arisen as a result of social disintegration. Many victims of rural-urban migration and consequently this disintegration is characterized by misery, unemployment, poor living conditions and disease. The people who attend these meetings and crusades have a collective desire for freedom and complete salvation. These women evangelists have succeeded in filling this void of despair in the lives of many. The achievements by the selected women evangelists is a clear indicator that women have moved beyond the ascribed limits of sex -Iinked status, reaching for equal partnership with men and sharing responsibilities and privileges together.

Becoming a mission church by active participation of members in missions : a case study of Lifespring Chapel, Embakasi

Author: Kinisu, Zephaniah Ananda

Awarding University: Africa International University, Kenya

Level : MA

Year: 2009

Holding Libraries: Africa International University Library ;

Subject Terms: Religion/Evangelism/Lifespring Chapel, Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya/Religious organizations/ ;

Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to investigate missional aspects of Lifespring Chapel, how Lifespring members have participated in missions and the impact this has had on the participants. As a case study, Lifespring Chapel is considered by many of the members as missional. The methods and strategies used by the church can be used by pastors and missionaries to mobilize their churches into participation in missions in Africa and the rest of the world. The survey was carried out on a Sunday service of 29th March 2009, selected randomly since there was no special event that would attract non members but also conveniently due to the ease of the program of that Sunday. The interviewees were also selected randomly due to their availability and willingness to give information about their participation. The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to analyse the survey data. The research findings revealed that Lifespring Chapel has missional aspects evident as the church shows the following: it has a vision and strategies that are mission oriented; a leadership that supports and encourages missions; gives opportunities for cross cultural short-term and long-term missions. Members at Lifespring support missions financially and in kind; they reach out to the community through evangelism and social justice ministries; they form partnerships with other mission-minded churches and organisations; they host visiting mission teams; they also use creative arts and sports to attract people; They pray for missions and missionaries; They train people for missions and evangelism and finally they have services and sermons that are missional. The Church at Lifespring Chapel is also missional by show of significant percentages of members who are committed to practice the missional aspects to bear fruit by the impact of participation through growth in their faith and Christian disciplines. The outcome of the study is recommended for pastors, missionaries who would like to see their churches become missional.