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The Role of Church in Meeting the Growth and Survival of the Society

Abstract

This study was on the role of church in meeting the growth and survival of the society. Four objectives were raised which included; To identify to what extent the Church can contribute to the growth and survival of the society, to determine to what extent the Church has been vital and relevant in growth and survival of the society, to determine the problems of development still facing the Church and how it can still contribute in developing our society and to examine the role of church in ensuring peace and harmony in the Nigeria. A total of 77 responses were received and validated from the enrolled participants where all respondents were drawn from selected members of selected churches in Uyo, Aka Ibom state. Hypothesis was tested using Chi-Square statistical tool (SPSS).

Chapter 1 – Objectives

The primary aim of this study is to examine the role of the church in meeting the growth and survival of the society, the specific objectives of the study include:

  1. To identify to what extent the Church can contribute to the growth and survival of the society.
  2. To determine to what extent the Church has been vital and relevant in growth and survival of the society.
  3. To determine the problems of development still facing the Church and how it can still contribute in developing our society.
  4. To examine the role of church in ensuring peace and harmony in the Nigeria.

Chapter 2 – Literature Review

Several works have been done on various aspects of the Chapel of the resurrection, University of Ibadan, and the church as an agent of social transformation and development. Tamuno, Yoloye and Princewill (2008, pp.3- 68), give an overview of the era of its dynamics, growth and development since inception focusing on physical development, crises arising from change and adaptation as well as inter-denominationalism. They do not neglect the fact that society has benefited from the church in terms of material gains in addition to spiritual development. The view of Emerole and Iwayemi (2008, pp.157-168), is that the Chapel has always faced challenges of change. They emphasize that the Christian church experience at the Chapel is both evolutionary and revolutionary since worship commenced at the old university site Eleyele in 1948. The evolutionary phase coincided with the period prior to the 1980s and between 1990 and 2004

Chapter 3 – The Methodology 

Research designs are perceived to be an overall strategy adopted by the researcher whereby different components of the study are integrated in a logical manner to effectively address a research problem. In this study, the researcher employed the survey research design. This is due to the nature of the study whereby the opinion and views of people are sampled. According to Singleton & Straits, (2009), Survey research can use quantitative research strategies (e.g., using questionnaires with numerically rated items), qualitative research strategies (e.g., using open-ended questions), or both strategies (i.e., mixed methods). As it is often used to describe and explore human behaviour, surveys are therefore frequently used in social and psychological research.

Chapter 4 – Data Analysis

H0: The Church has not been relevant in the growth and survival of the communities in Akwa Ibom State

H1: The Church has been relevant in the growth and survival of the communities in Akwa Ibom State

H0: The Church has played no significant role in the growth and survival of communities in Akwa Ibom State.

H2: The Church has not played a significant role in the growth and survival of communities in Akwa Ibom State.

Chapter 5 – Conclusion

It is important to ascertain that the objective of this study was to ascertain the role of church in meeting the growth and survival of the society. In the preceding chapter, the relevant data collected for this study were presented, critically analyzed and appropriate interpretation given. In this chapter, certain recommendations made which in the opinion of the researcher will be of benefits in addressing the challenges of the role of church in meeting the growth and survival of the society.

References

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Cochrane, C.N., 1974, Christianity and classical culture: A study of thought and action from Augustus to Augustine, Oxford University Press, New York.

De Gruchy, J.W., 1979, The church struggle in South Africa, David Philip, Cape Town.   De Santa Ana, J., 1979, Good news to the poor: The challenge of the poor in the history of the church, WCC, Geneva.

Duchrow, U. & Jochum-Bortfeld, C., 2015, Liberation toward justice, LIT VERLAG. Dr. W. Hopf, Berlin.

Elliston, E.J., 1989, Christian relief and development: Developing workers for effective ministry, Word Publishing, Dallas, TX.

Frend, W.H.C., 1985, The Donatist church: A movement of protest in Roman North Africa, Clarendon, Oxford.

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