The Church Minister And Challenges Of Moral Upbringing Of His Family (A Case Study Of Selected Churches In Osun State)

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The Church Minister And Challenges Of Moral Upbringing Of His Family


Abstract


This study was carried out to examine the church minister and the challenges of moral upbringing of his family using selected churches in Osun State. To achieve this objective, fiveresearch questions and two research hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The data was collected from primary sources. The primary data were collected with the help of a well-structured questionnaire of two sections administered respondents in the selected churches in Osun State. The collected data were analyzed with tables and simple percentages to analyze the research questions while Chi-square statistical tool was used to test research hypotheses. The study reveals that there is significant influence of the church minister on the moral upbringing of his family and there is a significant relationship between the church minister and his family leadership. The study concluded with some recommendations that the church should endeavour to educate the parents since the parents are entrusted with the responsibility of child training because it will help to enhance the child’s training at home and church and parents should be encouraged to provide their childrenwith the needed materials for studies such as textbooks and other necessary materials for studies such as textbooks and related materials for their education.


Chapter One


Introduction

1.1. Background of the Study

Each of us should determine with God’s help to be the best of whatever we are. Some pastors have stressed one or more of these relationships to the detriment of the others. But God expects from us “reasonable service,” and there should be no conflict in our relationships and duties. When we allow conflicts to arise it is because we have our priorities confused. Now, let us consider the pastor’s relationships to his wife and family.” A pastor has a family. Sometimes the congregation forgets. Sometimes even the pastor seems to forget. If the pastor is single, relatives and close friends are the family. Each member of that family–as each member of your family–has needs to be met and potentials to be developed. Peter preached, recalling Genesis and God’s promise to Abraham, “In your descendants all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Acts 3:25). So we become one family in Christ, caring for every member of the body. Sometimes a pastor’s family may feel that the church members are the pastor’s family, because they seem to have more impact on the pastor. Whenever they call, whatever they want, the pastor seems to be ready to counsel, teach, preach and visit. Because pastors care about what they do, it oen is diicult for them to turn people away who crowd into family time. More and more pastors, however, are scheduling regular time away from their pastoral duties for their families in addition to time for themselves. There are great rewards in the pastor’s home. Children have access to a parent at times other children can’t reach theirs. They understand what their parent, who is a pastor, does more clearly than children whose parents “go to the oice.” But there may be a sense of intrusion, especially when the pastor’s family lives in a parsonage. To fulfil its meaning and purpose, a family: Brings love and support. Gives continuity. Influences lifestyle. Faces daily problems and opportunities for growth. To be strong, a family must have members who: Provide love and support. Oer continuity to those they love. Make room for other family members. Give the time and concern necessary to work out problems and grow as a family member. It is the task of this paper to therefore look at what informs the society’s expectation of what pastors’ family ought to be and what are the factors that ultimately aects pastor’s family conduct or behaviour positively or negatively. The paper then looks at the building blocks for developing ethical life and conduct in pastors’ family. It is the position of this paper that if the right physical and spiritual conditions are put in place and the pastor and his or her family understand what should be the ethical standards for their conduct, pastor’s family will live a life that is more pleasing to God and exemplary in the society, thereby upliing the ministry of their parents and not pulling it down.


1.2. Statement Of Problem

Pastors carry out the moral-religious education of children by praying together as a family , taking children to the Church to receive sacraments of Christian initiation, allowing them also to attend Sunday Masses/ Services and also allowing them to join church movements and others. In addition to this, they do this by taking children for courses at the Church and for other Church programmes for children. But why do so many pastors struggle to balance the call to faithfully shepherd the church with the call to care for their wives and children? The authors attempt to answer this pastoral and practical question solely from the perspective of male pastors. They conclude that the cause of the struggle is the sinful tendency of pastors who prioritize the church over the family and that it is possible for pastors to find a balance between these two holy duties by undertaking two practices: repentance of the tendency embedded in sinful nature, and being more attentive to the priority of shepherding their families while faithfully serving the church.


1.3 Objectives of the Study

The major purpose of this study is to examine the church minister and the challenges of moral upbringing of his family. Other general objectives of the study are:

  1. To examine the rights and duties of pastors regarding religious and moral upbringing of their families.
  2. To examine the role of the pastors in the religious and moral upbringing of children.
  3. To examine the impact of church minister on the moral upbringing of his family.
  4. To find out the challenges facing church ministers in the religious moral upbringing of family and how they can be solved
  5. To examine the relationship between the church minister and his family leadership

1.4 Research Questions

  1. What are the rights and duties of pastors regarding religious and moral upbringing of their families?
  2. What are the roles of the pastors in the religious and moral upbringing of children?
  3. What are the impacts of church minister on the moral upbringing of his family?
  4. What are the challenges facing church ministers in the religious moral upbringing of family and how they can be solved?
  5. What is the relationship between the church minister and his family leadership?

1.5 Research Hypotheses

Hypothesis 1
  • H0: There is no significant influence of the church minister on the moral upbringing of his family.
  • H1: There is significant influence of the church minister on the moral upbringing of his family.
Hypothesis 2
  • H0: There is no significant relationship between the church minister and his family leadership.
  • H1: There is a significant relationship between the church minister and his family leadership.

1.6 Significance of the Study

The greatest challenge facing the church minister is that of managing the ministry and his family. Moral upbringing of a family is not a simple task and 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 church minister and the challenges of moral upbringing of his family. Though pastors’ do concentrate on the ministry work more than their families, there is need for them to manage their work well so as to have time for their families.


1.7 Scope of the Study

The study is based on the church minister and the challenges of moral upbringing of his family. A case study of selected churches in Osun state.


1.8 Limitation of Study

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).

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.


1.9 Definition of Terms

Moral-Religious Education:

It is the process of imparting religious and moral principles and values into an individual Church

Minister:

A church minister 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.


Chapter Five


Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations

5.1 Introduction

This chapter presents the summary of the findings, conclusion and recommendations for further studies.


5.2 Summary of the Findings

This study was carried out to examine the church minister and the challenges of moral upbringing of his family using selected churches in Osun State. To achieve this objective, five research questions and two research hypotheses were formulated to guide this study. A structured questionnaire was used as the main instrument to gather data from 30 respondents in the selected churches in Osun State. Out of this number, 30 (100%) copies of questionnaire were appropriately completed and returned for data analysis.

The data collected from the respondents were analyzed using tables and descriptive statistics to analyze the research questions while Chi-square statistical method was used to test the hypotheses. The findings revealed that;

  1. There is significant influence of the church minister on the moral upbringing of his family.
  2. There is a significant relationship between the church minister and his family leadership.

5.3 Conclusion

The success of a child’s upbringing lies in the hand of the parents. The privilege of teaching and training children in the way of Jesus belongs to the parents and the church. They are the ones whom God will hold accountable. From the research carried out, the researcher has come to the conclusion that church and parents who have the mind of bringing the children into a Christ-like manner should carefully guide the children.

Therefore, there is a need for them to receive adequate academic training by the church and parents who have determination. The child should be made to understand that God must be worshipped in spirit and in truth. The church and parents should always remember that he/she is a worker for God. And can fully rely on God’s grace to supply the human lacks that will help him/her to bring up the child as a good citizen who will become an instrument of change, in the school, home, community, and church as a true Christian believer.

With teachers, tutors, coaches, instructors, and other specialists in the children’s lives, it becomes increasingly important that the church does not succumb to the pressure to be just another specialist to do the work of faith training and instruction. Instead, the church needs to shift the paradigm so that parents are given not only the lead role in the faith development of their children but also the confidence to do so. Therefore, the church’s role is to come alongside parents in a ministry of support to equip and encourage them. Lack of proper Christian education to our children lures the children to open misconduct both at home, school, society and even in the church.


5.4 Recommendations

Based on the findings of this study, the researcher made the following recommendations;

  1. The church should endeavour to educate the parents since the parents are entrusted with the responsibility of child training because it will help to enhance the child’s training at home.
  2. Church and parents should be encouraged to provide their children with the needed materials for studies such as textbooks and other necessary materials for studies such as textbooks and related materials for their education.
  3. The church and parents should endeavour to impose their educational status so as to provide the needed advice and environment for their children to learn effectively.
  4. The church should employ dedicated teachers who are devoted to children’s education for sound biblical, spiritual and moral development of the child.
  5. Teachers should try to relate positively with children, because some may not have the same ability to meet up with academic work because of their educational background.
  6. The church leaders should make efforts to provide adequate teaching facilities and a conclusive environment for children’s training.
  7. Efforts should be made to train and retain children’s teachers so as to improve service delivery.

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