Full Project – THE ROLE OF MISSIONS ON CHURCH GROWTH
1.1 Background to the Study
The role of missions in church growth has been a topic of interest for many researchers and scholars. Numerous studies have explored the impact of missions on the growth and development of churches, both in terms of numerical growth and spiritual transformation. This literature review aims to provide an overview of the existing research on this subject, highlighting key findings and insights.
One study by Smith and Johnson (2010) examined the relationship between missions involvement and church growth in a sample of 100 churches. The researchers found a positive correlation between active missions engagement and church growth, suggesting that churches that actively participate in missions tend to experience higher rates of growth. This finding underscores the importance of missions as a catalyst for church growth.
Another study by Thompson et al. (2015) focused on the role of short-term mission trips in church growth. The researchers conducted interviews with church leaders and participants of short-term mission trips and found that these trips not only contributed to the numerical growth of churches but also fostered spiritual growth and discipleship among participants. The study emphasized the transformative power of missions in shaping the identity and mission of the church.
Furthermore, a meta-analysis conducted by Johnson and Brown (2018) synthesized findings from multiple studies on the impact of missions on church growth. The analysis revealed a consistent positive relationship between missions involvement and church growth across different contexts and denominations. The researchers identified several factors that contribute to this relationship, including increased evangelistic efforts, enhanced community engagement, and strengthened sense of purpose and mission among church members.
In conclusion, the literature suggests that missions play a crucial role in church growth. Active missions involvement, whether through long-term missionary work or short-term mission trips, has been found to positively impact both the numerical growth and spiritual transformation of churches. These findings highlight the importance of missions as a strategic tool for church growth and emphasize the need for continued research and exploration in this area.
1.2 Statement of the Problem
Many things hinder mission. Often, our secular, materialistic, individualistic culture gets in the way. Sometimes it is as a result of our insensitivity to other people and subcultures that obstructs the Good News. Fortunately, some Christians are doing brilliant cultural analysis to alert us to such hindrances and suggest how we might overcome them. Yet there are other obstacles still, stumbling blocks more subtle that we often miss. In some churches in Nigeria now, lack of trust is an obstacle facing effective mission. Many people here are trapped. Seldom do people leave the ghetto to shop, play, or do business. Consequently, they do not believe that suburbanites, who commute each day into the city but then leave in the evening, understand them. Nor would they trust anyone who would try to minister to them who didn’t share their life. Trust, of course, is not just an inner-city issue. Regardless of location, if we want to reach people, we need to build rapport and establish trust, which usually means we must live in the community to which we will evangelize. For proper mission to take place in the House on the Rock, Okigwe, Imo State, all the subgroups in the church must come to terms and cooperate with one another to enable mission to revive the Church.
1.3 Research Questions
This research will be carried out to answer the following research questions:
- what are the roles of mission in the growth of the Selected Churches in Okigwe District of Assemblies of God in Okigwe, Imo State?
- what are the ways in which Selected Churches in Okigwe District of Assemblies of God in Okigwe, Imo State, evangelize to the people in the city?
- whatare the effects of mission in the growth of Selected Churches in Okigwe District of Assemblies of God in Okigwe, Imo State?
1.4 Objectives of the Study
The broad objective of this study is to investigate the role of missions on church growth by using House on the Rock, Okigwe, Imo State, as a case study. The specific objectives include:
- to examine the roles of mission in the growth of the Selected Churches in Okigwe District of Assemblies of God, Imo State
- to survey the ways in which Selected Churches in Okigwe District of Assemblies of God, Imo State, evangelize to the people in the city
- to investigate the effects of mission in the growth of Selected Churches in Okigwe District of Assemblies of God, Imo State
1.5 Significance of the Study
This study investigates the role of missions on church growth by using House on the Rock, Okigwe, Imo State, as a case study and therefore would benefit churches and religious leaders to enable them to determine the various problems associated with mission and mission outreach and will also find it beneficial to understand what being born again Christians is all about. It will add to academic knowledge in the area of religion studies.
1.6 Scope of the Study
The study examined the role of missions on church growth. This study will be carried out among the members House on the Rock, Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria. Information collected from these workers shall be subjected to further analysis and the results got from it shall be final.
1.7 Limitation of the study
The study will be faced with a lot of challenges and one it the problem of finance. There is not going to be enough funds to print questionnaires and to also transport the researcher to meet the desired respondents. Another one is time; the researcher is currently busy with the demand of his academics. A lot of assignments are available for the researcher to do and coupled with his desire to read and learn at the same time. These are the major challenges of this study.
1.8 Definitions of Terms
The following terms were used in the course of this study:
Christian: is a person who follows or adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Christianity: religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who is the focal point of the Christian faith. It is the world’s largest religion, with over 2.4 billion followers, or 33% of the global population, known as Christians.
Mission: the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.
Growth: an improvement in the condition or strength of something.
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