PREACHER’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE AND CHURCH GROWTH

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PREACHER’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE AND CHURCH GROWTH

Pastoral family lifestyle is one of the keys to success in the ministry of the church. Capable and skillful leaders will create an atmosphere of excitement, give directions to move forward, and develop people to grow into maturity. Only when pastors understand leadership in the light of God’s calling on their lives will they be equipped to lead eectively. As the Barrs state, “Leadership is the process of influencing people to give their energies, use their potential, release their determination, and go beyond their comfort zone to accomplish goals. Leadership is a dynamic process. It aects, risks, drives, inspires, threatens, supports, and leads.” Local churches are looking for someone to lead them into God’s purposes God’s way. Local churches need leaders who truly believe God will do what he says. People will follow spiritual leaders who understand God’s agenda and who know how to move them toward it. Eective leaders recognize the three elements of a triangle: (1) their own preferred and comfortable leader style, (2) the comfortable relational styles of their followers, and (3) the most productively structured ministry situations for them. Pastoral leaders should be alert to the most comfortable and productive combination of these three elements leader follower-situation. Is this leadership triangle too complex to analyze? No, leaders can select their own leader style and can help structure the ministry situations they work in. In other words, leaders can influence two of the three points of
the leadership triangle. That creates favorable, reciprocal, and complementary possibilities for eective leadership. Leaders determine their followers’ style reactions, however, unless they choose to manipulate.
The lack of leadership in today’s churches, especially the smaller churches, has caused all kinds of problems which have stagnated the healthy growth of the church. In this time of unprecedented opportunity and plentiful resources, the church is actually losing influence.

1.3 Objectives of the Study
1. To better understand the impact of preachers’ family lifestyle on church growth.
2. To investigate preachers’ family lifestyle on the general well-being of a church.
3. To establish a relationship between preachers’ family lifestyle and church growth.

1.4 Research Questions
1. Does preachers’ family lifestyle have any significant impact on church growth?
2. What impact does preachers’ family lifestyle have on the general well-being of a church?
3. What is the relationship between preachers’ family life style and church growth?

1.5 Research Hypothesis
Ho: There is no significant impact of preachers’ family lifestyle on church growth.
Hi: There is significant impact of preachers’ family lifestyle on church growth.

1.6 Significance of the study
The greatest challenge facing the church is that of growth. Congregational growth is not automatic. It is aected by a complex set of factors, not all of which can be controlled by the church.
This research work seeks to study preachers’ lifestyle and church growth. Though pastors’ salaries have improved, they remain well below most professionals, oen making it necessary for the spouse to work outside the home.

1.7 Scope/Limitations of the study
This study is on preachers’ family lifestyle and church growth with a view to analyzing the impact of preachers’ family lifestyle on church growth.

Limitations of study
1. Financial constraint- Insuicient fund tends to impede the eiciency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature or information and in the process of data collection (internet, questionnaire and interview).
2. 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.

1.8 Definition of terms
Lifestyle: A set of attitudes, habits, or possessions associated with a particular person or group.
Church Growth: is a movement within evangelical Christianity which aims to develop methods to grow churches based on business marketing strategies.
Preacher: A preacher usually identifies a person who delivers sermons or homilies on religious topics to an assembly of people Family: A basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not

PREACHER’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE AND CHURCH GROWTH

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