EVANGELISM AND CHURCH PLANTING IN NIGERIA
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This study examines evangelism and church planting among churches in Nigeria.
The question running through the hearts of many church members is: why do we still need to plant more churches? Majority of members believes that the number of existing churches in Nigeria is adequate for the work of evangelism. Yet even with the proliferation of churches the present number of churches could not adequately evangelize Nigeria. In fact, the current increase in churches is only a quarter of what we need to keep up with rapid population growth. Therefore, the need for the reconciliation message which requires reaching out to the lost souls become more essential. For biblical ethics and the church to be sustained for posterity sake, evangelism and church planting must be on the increase. The findings revealed that most churches were planted with little or no evangelism. It was also discovered that prayers was the foundation that triggered motivation for church planting with the power of the Holy Spirit and vivid reliance and confidence on Christ Jesus, the planter and builder of His Church. Some recommendations were made from the findings of the study to improve evangelism and church growth.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title Page – – – – – – i
Declaration – – – – – – ii
Certification – – – – – iii
Dedication – – – – – – iv
Acknowledgement s – – – – v
Table of Contents – – – – – vi
List of Tables – – – – – x
Abstract – – – – – – xi
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background of the Study – – – – 1
1.2 Statement of the Problem – – – – – 3
1.3 Purpose of the Study – – – – – 3
1.4 Significance of the Study – – – – – – 4
1.5 Research Questions – – – – – – 6
1.6 Research Methodology – – – – – 7
1.7 Definition of the Study – – – – – 8
CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
2.1 Introduction – – – – –
2.2 Concept of Evangelism
2.2.1 The concept of Church Planting
2.3 Evangelism in the Old Testament
2.4 Evangelism in the New Testament
2.5 Historical Perspectives on Church Planting Mission in Nigeria
2.6 Evangelism and Church Planting as a Common Duty for all Churches
2.7 Evangelism among Churches as a Fruit of Love
CHURCH PLANTING METHODOLOGY
3.1 Biblical Foundation of Church Planting
3.2 Theology and Methods of Church Planting
3.3 Church Planting in the Old Testament
3.4 Church Planting in the New Testament
3.4.1 Church Planting in Jerusalem
3.5 Population and Sample
3.6 Data Collection Procedure
DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALSIS
4.1 Data Analysis
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS, CONCLUSION, RECOMMENDATION
1.1 Background to the Study
Evangelism and church planting is the biblical pattern for the evangelistic expansion of the Church. Christianity without evangelism is a dead faith, “go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house be filled (Luke 14:23b). Evangelism and church planting has been misunderstood by many church leaders and members. It is believed by many as a mission to be carried out by professionally trained ministers, missionaries and a few others specially gifted to do this work, not something that all Christian are called to do. But the biblical call is for all Christians to be evangelists and do their unique part to bring the gospel to others.
The biblical and theological foundation for the planting of churches has generally been assumed rather than explicitly articulated. As (Gailyn Van Rheenen, 2001) points out, ‘theological reflection is the beginning point of ministry formation’. Evangelism and church planting walks hand in hand with each other in fulfilling God’s desire of reconciling the world back to himself. To understand how this two different phrase functions independently there is need for a clear definition of evangelism from church planting.
Evangelism is the proclamation of salvation in Christ to those who do not believe in him, calling them to repentance and conversion, announcing forgiveness of sin, and inviting them to become living members of Christ’s earthly community and to begin a life of service to others in the power of the Holy Spirit” (Bosh 1991, pg:10).
Church planting is the sending out of people, by a church, churches, or mission agency, in order to establish a new congregation, revive a struggling one, or even replace a closed one. The result may be separate independent churches, congregations responsible to a “mother church”, or congregations which are part of a network with sister congregations.
A church is planted to win people to Christ, help them grow in their faith and then send them out to participate in the mission of winning the entire world. The process of growing them in their faith and sending them is called discipleship, and it is God’s will for every church” (Rod Dempsey, 2008).
Less interest for evangelism among churches today have wasted the power of God vested on the apostles at Pentecost, for it is written “But ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8 kjv). When Jesus ascended into heaven, he commanded, “therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19-20 NIV).
In a statement made by Ogidi (1997), he categorically asserts that, “Nigeria is a country with easily the largest number of churches per capital in the world.”(Ogidi, 1997). Fayomi (1993) also described Nigeria as “a fertile soil for the growth of independent churches.”(Fayomi 1993). In urban cities and even rural areas, for lack of space and accommodation, six or more different churches could make do with a storey building. Such is the present state of events all over Nigeria. For example, in Ekiti State, as rightly observed by Tokunbo (2007), there are well above One hundred and fifty-seven Pentecostal denominations alone between 1970 and 2004 (Tokunbo, 2007). More parishes and new religious movements continue to be springing up each passing day. It is not easy for people to move from being inactive or unreached to being active and committed disciples of Jesus Christ. For doing this, an effective evangelistic strategy consisting of several stages is required (Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson, 2007). The mission statement of a church generally consists of five purposes: worship, evangelism, fellowship, ministry, and discipleship (David Wheeler, 2008). Evangelism should not function as a mere section of God’s whole strategy for a church, but it should be the engine that drives motivation and direction for each aspect of the congregation’s productivity (Jonathan Falwell, 2008). In other words, if the existing people are not involved in evangelizing the unbelievers who attend regularly, the church may experience difficulty in the aspect of evangelism. Both the reasons for and the objections to evangelism and church planting beg the question of what theological foundations underlie such considerations.