1.1 Background of the study
Church Growth is a movement within
evangelical Christianity which focuses on developing methods to grow
churches based on business marketing strategies.It cannot be disputed
that youths play a vital role in the life of a Church as they are the
leaders of tomorrow and future of the church. The elderly stands out but
youth’s contributions have been shinning and have always been
flagbearers of every Church. For any tangible growth to take place in
any Christiancommunity, the youth must be significant in that process of
growth. This is the more reason whywise nations, countries, groups and
organization focus more on the development of youths so that thefuture
of such investments would never be improvised or blind. It is therefore
of vital importance in the Catholic Church to prepare assiduously youths
for the tasks they would naturally face inthe coming future. It is only
when we have nourished our youths that they in-turn develop theChurch.
The questions are “what amount of attention do we give the youths and
what levelof devotion does the youths give to the church.
The youths of today have very high
ideals, and to deny this would be grossly unfair. But we mustadmit that
very often these ideals can sour, can be perverted and can be exploited.
Often youngpeople ultimately relinquish their ideals if they suspect
that the situation is hopeless; if theyconclude that nowhere can these
ideals be fulfilled. Unfortunately, this is the usual progressionof
events today. Disappointments lead to abysmal falls, often to depths
lower than those theycondemned when their idealism was fresh. Where this
does not happen, ideals are exploited byfalse prophets of good. The
sectarians far from the fullness of truth are able to inspireyouth to
make such amazing sacrifices Yet at the same time, the Orthodox Church,
possessingthe fullness of Truth, has a real difficulty in keeping her
youth(Abednego: 1989). It could be that in ignoring the high ideals and
potential moral heroism of our youth we have failed to familiarizethem
with our examples of such heroism, displayed by our own young, even the
very young,who loved Christ and His Church in past ages. The youths are
important fabrics in the society. Can there be any society without
youth?Obviously no, that is why we must see to it that our youths find
their rightful places in the church.
Church growth begins with church health
and not the other way around. We see in nature that healthy things grow.
This is by no means a new concept, but it's still true. From this
research, we will discover what a healthy church is like and how youth
life style can boost church growth.
1.2 Statement of the problem
One key problem is the inability to
examine youth life style and church growth.Another problem is how best
to measure numerical growth. A variety of indicators for attendance and
occasional offices are available, but all are affected to some degree by
measurement error and random fluctuations. Such variability poses
particular problems with small churches, where the addition or
subtraction of just a few people produces large proportional changes in
1.3 Objectives of the study
- To examine youth life style and church growth.
- To change the unhealthy culture of some church youth ministries.
- To cast a fresh vision for the church.
1.4 Research questions
1. What amount of attention do we give the youths?
2. What level of devotion do the youths give to the church?
1.5 Research hypotheses
1.6 Significance of the study
This research work will assist churches,
ministries, pastors, etc in discovering the vital roles youths play in
the life of a Church as they are the leaders of tomorrow and future of
every church.From this research, we will discover what a healthy church
is like and how youth life style can boost church growth.
1.7 Scope/Limitations of the study
This study is on youth lifestyle and church growth.
Limitations of study
- 1. 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).
- 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
1.8 Definition of terms
Church Growth: is a
movement within evangelical Christianity which focuses on developing
methods to grow churches based on business marketing strategies.
Youth:Youth is the time of life when one is young, but often means the time between childhood and adulthood (maturity).
Life style:Lifestyles define us; they are the way we live our lives, what we do, with whom, where, how and what we use to do it.