THE GROWTH AND IMPACT OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN NUPELAND, 1903-2009

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2018-04

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UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN

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The Church Missionary Society (CMS) came as the pioneer Christian mission to Nupeland. After several years of attempts, the CMS was able to plant Churches in the nooks and crannies of the land. Despite this fact, Christianity is observed to be making a very slow progress in Nupeland after almost two centuries of its existence. The aim of the study were to: (i) identify the impact of the Anglican Church in Nupeland between 1903-2009 (ii) examine the response of the Nupe people to the Christian Gospel within the time of study, (iii) analyse the efforts of the indigenous missionaries who worked to establish the mission and (iv) explain the factors responsible for the epileptic growth rate and expansion of the Anglican Mission in Nupeland. The research methods adopted for this study were historical and analytical. These methods were utilized for enquiry into the past and to have a better analysis of the data gathered in this work respectively. The theoretical frame-work used was that of Andrew Walls: the Indigenization and Pilgrimage Principles. The findings of the study were that: (i)The arrival of the Anglican Church in Nupeland has impacted Nupeland in the areas of religion, economy, agriculture, socio-culture, politics, education and health; (ii)The response of the Nupe to the Christian Gospel is largely dependent on social and cultural factors such as the Nupe world-view, communal life, linguistic considerations, respect for elders and traditional rulers, etc; (iii) Many Anglican Churches were established in Nupeland through the efforts of the indigenous missionaries such as Samuel Ajayi Crowther, Abraham Akon, Daniel Akerele, Nda Jeremiah, Josiah Alhassan, Daniel Tijiko, Solomon Yisa, etc (iv) The Anglican Church has not been able to spread beyond its present borders due to various challenges such as sickness, death of some missionaries, socio-cultural and political factors, unfavourable environmental conditions, influence of the Pentecostal Churches, Schism within Anglican Church, among others. The study concluded that the Anglican Church in Nupeland has not paid much attention to the socio-cultural life of the Nupe people. This accounts for slow growth rate of the Anglican Church in Nupeland. The work therefore, recommended that the Nupe indigenous missionaries should be recruited more and encouraged to live among the people, among whom they ministered.

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THE ANGLICAN CHURCH, GROWTH, IMPACT, NUPELAND, 1903-2009, Church Missionary Society (CMS), Christianity

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