1.1 CHAPTER INTROUDUCTION
This chapter outlines the purpose for which this study was initiated. It will explain in some detail, the background of the study as well as the main aim and objectives of the study.
In this chapter, we can find a brief summary of intended tasks and results which have to be achieved to have the final implementation.
1.2 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The study is based on the day-to-day operations of the God’s Fire Ministry International church in Ghana. As a large church which is constantly expanding, there is need for a smoother and less cumbersome way of handling information such as attendance, ministration planning, accounts etc.
For this study, we will design and implement a software with capabilities of data collection, storage, and retrieval. This focus is because of the time constraints and the complexity of implementing all the operations as outlined above. The aim to is build a prototype that shows the relationship between data and the use case to lay out a framework on which larger implementations can potentially rest on.
1.3 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The church management is a task that has to be done with the best of objectivity and accountability. Putting this task in the hands of the algorithms can help get to the ideal outcomes outlined.
The study simply looks at the data collection methods and proffers potential solutions in form of prototypes and models for other Ghanian churches. This study will result in an implementation of a web-based service and will end with recommendations for future implementations and improvements.
1.4 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The aim of the study is to build a database system which would be effective in storing data and serving as a church management system for God’s Fire ministry International, Ghana.
The objectives include:
- An extensive study of the literature around the operations of a typical information management system.
- Identifying the key areas of operation in the church where automation is needed.
- Design of systems with the potential of proffering solutions to those areas identified in (ii) above.
- Implementation of the designs in (iii) above and providing recommendations for the future.
1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The significance is such that the study can be added to a long list of research papers that can be referred to imbibe the culture of automated systems into our daily information management operations in particular, the operations of the God’s Fire, Ministries International.
1.6 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This study will encompass the operations of one of the parishes of the church, notably the Accra branch. This reduced scope is due to the time constraints as well as the tedious nature of implementing such a software for an entire church organization.
1.7 ORGANISATION OF THE PROJECT
The project is organized such that; Chapter One gives a brief introduction in form of the Background of the Study of a general overview of the concept of computerized church management. In Chapter Two, we have a broad look at the related implementations of computerized church management. Chapter Three examines the System Architecture, the system design and analysis. Chapter Four presents the implementation of the project using necessary programming languages and development models. It also presents the result of testing carried out. Chapter Five rounds off the project work with the summary, conclusions and recommendations for future works.
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