Theological Reflection of Christian Education on Some Selected Mission Churches in Akyem Abuakwa

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This thesis assesses and examines the effectiveness of Christian education in terms of its transformational impact on members of three selected mission Churches: Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Methodist Church Ghana (MCG) and Roman Catholic Church (RCC) in Akyem Abuakwa traditional area. The thesis emphasises that Christian education has never been effective in the three selected mission Churches. The causes are: failure among many members to set a high priority on Christian education programmes, the busy schedules of the adults and the youth, lack of parental interest in their children’s education, the lack of interest in adult learning, failure of Ministers and Priests to visit children during Church service, high level of illiteracy in rural communities and small budget allocation for Christian education at the expense of heavy capital intensive projects in the Churches. Furthermore, most of the Christian education committees in various congregations are not functioning and there is lack of implementation of Christian educational policies. The study also reveals that lack of resources has affected Christian education in the three selected mission Churches. Furthermore, the study then shows that the lives of most of the members of the three selected Churches could be transformed to be Christlike if members would give Christian education a priority. Christian educators should be qualified personnel who are well versed in the Bible. Christian education committees in the various congregations should be active and they should implement their policies. There is the need for proper planning especially in coordination, supervision and evaluation of Christian education programmes. Manpower development and organization of literacy classes should be emphasized in the three selected mission Churches. v The study recommends that dependence on the Holy Spirit, if people are selected solely for the publication of Christian education materials and also if indigenous or traditional educational resources are given due consideration in Christian education programmes in the three selected mission Churches, there can be effectiveness in the educational ministry of the Church that will result in real character transformation in the lives of their members.
A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,in partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Philosophy in Religious Studies, August-2012