Evaluation of the Impact of Lay Preaching Ministry in Methodist Church Nigeria, Archdiocese of Enugu, 1962-2012

Author: Nnaji Emmanuel Chimezie
Department: Religion and Human Relation
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka.

There is a dire need to re-discover and consequently recover one of the fundamental traditions in Methodist Church Nigeria – the Lay preaching Ministry. The impact of the Lay preaching ministry in Methodist Church Nigeria Archdiocese of Enugu was the fuel for fire in evangelistic expansion of the church. Historically Lay preaching ministry was the vehicle that accelerated Church planting and Church growth of Methodism in Archdiocese of Enugu. Over time, the slowness of spiritual vibrancy, revival, spirituality, evangelistic campaigns and church planting reveals that lay participation in Ministry was halted to a great extent. There are several factors that contributed to the decline in zeal and vibrancy of this ministry. The clergy as well as the lay had their clunk of the blame.
The misunderstanding and misapplication of the roles of these two strands of the ministry created the divide that the church is suffering today. In some federating Dioceses in the Arch diocese of Enugu there appear a ray of light of recovery and re-awaking to the original spirit and zeal of lay preaching ministry while in some Dioceses, there need to be a lot of light to be shed on this dark area of the ministry. Factors that can enhance the work of lay preaching ministry in the Archdiocese of Enugu had been highlighted in order to facilitate the re positioning process of Methodist Church Nigeria in line with the vision and mission of the church.

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