The purpose of this research work is to show an evaluation of the funding of home missions using Kingdom Outreach International Ministry, as case study. An attempt is made to ensure reasonable assessment on funding home missions and its implications on church growth in both Old Testament and New Testament respectively. The methodology used for this work is library and field work. Chapter one of this sturdy reveals through its background, the necessity for Christians, leaders, church and individual to practice funding home missions. Chapter two is based on the review of related literatures in order to have a guide and proper understanding of what funding home missions is about. Chapter three looks at few relationships that existed between God, man and the church in the business and involvement of mission, starting from the Garden of Eden to the New Testament. Chapter four investigates the impact of Funding Home Missions in Kingdom Outreach International Ministry; which shows a great need for funding missions for the expansion of the kingdom of God. Chapter five concludes the research work by giving the summary, conclusions and recommendations.
This study, an Evaluation of Funding Home Missions is a response to the reactions of missionaries on the basis of little or no assistance for missions from individuals, groups or churches that may have sent them. The researcher has discovered an impression that the Bible is not a book about theology as such, but rather, a record of theology in missions (God in action on behalf of the salvation of mankind) with assistance from individuals, people and those who helped in making it reach to the most hidden locations of the world today. Following the view of Georg F. Vicedom, “the Bible in its totality ascribes only one intention to God: to save mankind. And the end result will be the glorification of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Furthermore, it is discovered that the missionary task bears within it something of the nature of the ultimate, something that centuries, circumstances nor cultures can change; which therefore demands a good concentration and may be altered by funding role.
Only, few commentators dealt exhaustively with the great commission passages. Dr Karl Barth, a scholar in the theology of Christian mission and Dr R. D. Culver who published in the Bulletin of the Evangelical Theological Society. The researcher sees them to have only a partial presentation of the great commission because both men, however, failed to see the total scope of the great commission but limited their studies to only the gospel of Mathew. The interpretation of the great commission passages as the researcher further discovers, has differed greatly through the centuries and has caused a great deal of discussion. Debate has revolved around the address of the words and brought questions; were they spoken to the disciples as the apostles of Jesus Christ or as representatives of the church of Jesus Christ and thus exists as a part of the church’s commission unto the end of the age? Evangelical scholarship has sought to answer some of these questions, believing that the commission is addressed to the church and must be obeyed unto the end of the age. The church both as individual and institution however has roles to play. This study however centres on the evaluation of funding home missions in the light of III John 2-8 using Kingdom Outreach International Ministry, Lagos as a case study.
Considering the myriads of challenges of evangelism as a result of funding problems for missions with its alarming effects on the growth of the body of Christ and the deficiency in the propagation of the gospel in reaching the unreached, the researcher is prepared to critically analyse and explain the III Epistle of John with emphasis on the evaluation of funding home missions in Kingdom Outreach International Ministry, Lagos as a case study.
In addition, having observed the deficiency and slackness in the propagation of the gospel due to some sagas in ethics of the missionaries and funding role, this study proffered viable solutions to curb this menace that hinders the propagation of the gospel for home missions today.
This research is carried out in order to achieve the following purposes:
The research work will make useful contributions in the following ways:
This study is concerned mainly with an evaluation of funding home missions in the light of III John 2-8 using Kingdom Outreach International Ministry, Lagos as a case study. However, the result and recommendations will be useful for other denominations.
The population of this study is Kingdom Outreach International Ministry, Lagos State. Library and field works involving the use of self-administered questionnaire and personal oral interviews were used. The population for this study includes;
The questionnaire and interviews were designed to get comprehensive responses of the church leaders, the missionaries and church members alike, to determine and get their views on funding home missions.
This study was largely confronted with the inability of respondent and interviewees to meet up time schedule for interview appointment. Submission and returning of survey was also delayed as some were reluctant to give needed information.
An intense act of considering something to decide how useful or valuable it is.
An amount of money used for a specific purpose; a sum of money or intangible resources whose principal or interest is set apart for a specific objective.
The country where one lives, as opposed to foreign countries.
This is a specialized term which means the sending forth of authorised persons beyond the borders of the New Testament church and her immediate gospel influence to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in gospel-destitute areas, to win converts from other faiths or non-faiths to Jesus Christ, and to establish functioning, and growing local congregations which will bear the fruit of Christianity in that community and to that country.
Keywords: AN EVALUATION OF FUNDING HOME MISSIONS IN THE LIGHT OF III JOHN 2-8