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Doing Ministry in the Igbo Context

Towards an Emerging Model and Method for the Church in Africa- Foreword by Theophilus Okere

by Cajetan E. Ebuziem (Author)
Monographs XVI, 269 Pages
Series: Bible and Theology in Africa, Volume 12

Summary

Doing Ministry in the Igbo Context: Towards an Emerging Model and Method for the Church in Africa arises out of reflection on experience and practice. The volume reflects on the author’s own cultural context, religious heritage, and pastoral functioning. In addition, it considers the author’s personal experiences in relation to the common experiences of others within the author’s cultural and religious traditions and places these experiences and the voices they represent into mutually critical correlation. Thus, commonalities and dissonances in them emerge leading to insights where to go from there in providing ministry to the People of God in the «local church» context and still within the framework of one universal church. This book presents a contextual model of local theology that begins its reflection with the Igbo cultural context. The Igbo or Nigerian or African Church can have a pattern of ministry with a model and a method that are consistent with the peoples’ values. To accomplish this goal a local cultural value must be explored and brought into the scene. Since the Igbo society is the heart of Christianity and Catholicism in Africa, the author relies on Igboland as his situational context. The exploration of the indigenous Igbo value of collaboration will be an advantage in ministering to the rest of the African people who have cultural resemblances to Igbos. The African Church has to learn from the Igbo values of umunna bu ike. Umunna is the basic Igbo unit, and possibly the most powerful missionary force in Igboland, and potentially an Igbo gift to the Church in Nigeria and Africa, and even beyond.

Details

Pages
XVI, 269
ISBN (PDF)
9781453900826
ISBN (Hardcover)
9781433111549
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (March)
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XVI, 269 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Cajetan E. Ebuziem (Author)

Cajetan E. Ebuziem is the author of three previous books: Facing the Born-Again Phenomenon in the Church (1996), The Power of Anointing (2000), and Let’s Speak Latin (2001). He has also written a host of scholarly articles in journals, magazines, newspapers, and websites. He is a priest of the Okigwe Diocese in Nigeria, where he ministered for seven years before coming to the United States to explore more areas of growth in his ministry. He completed his studies at the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago where he graduated as Doctor of Ministry. He is a scholar and currently engages in active ministry with the diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana.

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