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Title: An investigation of the challenges faced by a religious charitable organisation in efforts to attain self-sustenance in non-religious secular Britain
Author: Alli, Tunde
ISNI:       0000 0004 6495 0371
Awarding Body: University of Bolton
Current Institution: University of Bolton
Date of Award: 2017
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Christianity is on a downward slope in the United Kingdom. A country which used to pride itself as a Christian nation, Britain sent out Christian missionaries in the 17th and 18th centuries to almost every part of the world to do the work of evangelism. In the ‘dark continent’ of Africa for instance, missionaries from Britain not only brought religion, but along with it, education and health care, setting up not only churches, but also schools and hospitals. Fast forward to 21st century, Britain has become a ‘non-religious’ secular state. Church attendance is on a rapid decline, churches are closing their doors due to lack of funding, pubs and other businesses are taking over church buildings It is in this gloomy backdrop that RCCG HP Salford – a small Pentecostal church, is striving to achieve self-sustenance. Efforts in this direction have been a struggle. Sunday service attendance have stagnated for some years, and so is funding. The aim of this study therefore is to investigate and identify factors that have contributed to the said stagnancy and consequently proffer solutions that will aid the church’s self-sustaining effort. The author employed three key research methods to achieve set objectives – Data Line Analysis, Self-Completed Questionnaire, and Semi-Structured Interview. Analysis tools employed were varied – Excel and SPSS (for SCQ and DLA respectively) as well as manual analysis for SSI’s. The findings of the research were also varied. Factors such as location, and competition among churches did not have much impact on the subject matter. However, other factors such as church website, and search engine visibility which were unearthed in the course of the research, bore more relevance to the research topic. The research aim of enhancing the financial position of RCCG HP Salford were fully met by the recommendations proffered in chapter 6. Current funding streams for most churches have proved grossly inadequate, however, this study will help churches develop alternative options in their effort toward self-sustenance. The implications of this research, its limitations, and indication for future research are documented in chapters 7 and 5 respectively.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Eng.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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