IMPACT OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP ON CHURCH GROWTH (A CASE STUDY OF SELECTED CHURCHES IN OGUN STATE)
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
Lack of proper and efficient leadership seems to have resulted in many crises, especially in the northern and southern part of Nigeria. According to Dairo (2008), many Churches in Nigeria are characterized with false teaching, preconceived ideas and human-formed regulations which have too often undermined the Holy Spirit’s specification and has militated greatly against church growth and survival. According to Apostle Paul, church leader must be kind of man that can carry the followers along. All church leaders may not possess these qualities in the same measure but a leader must have these quality attributes to a degree that is noticeable in his life to ensure sustainable growth. If a man is known to be harsh instead of being gentle, intemperate instead of being temperate, disgraceful instead of being respectable, he has disqualified himself (Bible Org. 2014). The work of church leadership is a noble task. Such an office needs the right kind of people to serve. Accumulation of material wealth, by capitalizing on the “gross ignorance” of the people about the teaching of the Bible on wealth by church leaders as also limited growth and survival of many churches because of the increased awareness of these dubious strategies. However, this present study is examining the impact of church leadership on church growth.
1.3 AIMS OF THE STUDY
The major purpose of this study is to examine impact of church leadership on church growth. Other general objectives of the study are:
1. To examine the role of church leaders in the growth of a church.
2. To identify the functions and duties of church leaders in a church.
3. To examine the impact of the leaders on the growth of the church
4. To identify the other factors militating against church growth and survival.
5. To examine the relationship between leadership quality and church growth rate
6. To proffer lasting solutions to the challenges facing church growth in Nigeria.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
1. What is the role of church leaders in the growth of a church?
2. What are the functions and duties of church leaders in a church?
3. What is the impact of the leaders on the growth of the church?
4. What are the factors militating against church growth and survival?
5. What is the relationship between leadership quality and church growth rate?
6. What are the solutions to the challenges facing church growth in Nigeria?
1.5 RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS
H0: There is no significant impact of church leadership on Church growth.
H1: There is a significant impact of church leadership on Church growth.
H0: There is no significant relationship between leadership quality and church growth rate.
H1: There is a significant relationship between leadership quality and church growth rate.
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The following are the significance of this study:
Findings from this study will educate the church authorities and the general public in Nigeria on what the church leaders need to do or incorporate into the system to ensure growth and survival. It will provide valuable insights into existing relationship between the church leaders and the growth of Christian families in our rural communities. This research will also serve as a resource base to other scholars and researchers interested in carrying out further research in this field subsequently, if applied will go to an extent to provide new explanation to the topic.
1.7 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The study is based on a study of impact of church leadership on church growth, case study of selected churches in Ogun state.
1.8 LIMITATION OF STUDY
Financial constraint- Insufficient fund tends to impede the efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature or information and in the process of data collection (internet, questionnaire and interview).
Time constraint- The researcher will simultaneously engage in this study with other academic work. This consequently will cut down on the time devoted for the research work.
1.9 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Leaders: Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.
Leadership: Leadership is both a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or organization to “lead” or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations.
Church leaders: Church leaders include the following set of leaders in church: Senior Pastors, Worship Leaders, Youth Leaders, Outreach Leaders, and Children’s Ministry Leaders, Small Group Leaders.
Growth: growth is defined as the process of increasing in size or something that has grown or is growing.
Christian: Christianity is a religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, as described in the New Testament. Its adherents, known as Christians, believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and savior of all people, who’s coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Old Testament.
Church: Christian Church is an ecclesiological term generally used by Protestants to refer to the Church invisible, and/or whole group of people belonging to Christianity throughout the history of Christianity.
Healthy Church: It is defined as a state in which the church is free from rancour, acrimony and any form of relationship crisis or power tussles that hinder growth and development
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