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Positioning an international partner Lutheran church seminary for accreditation : a critical analysis of a proposed procedure for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana Lutheran Seminary, Ghana, West Africa

Author
Steven R. Schumacher
Abstract
There is both a need and interest in attaining accreditation for theological education programs by Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod partner church seminaries in Africa. By means of a critical analysis a proposed procedure for The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana (ELCG) Lutheran Seminary was prepared by the author. He assessed the current student population and ELCG ordained pastors through means of tracking GPAs, personal interviews, surveys and questionnaires to discover academic and cultural needs in preparing for the pastoral ministry. Through his discoveries, the author presents a theological basis for the rationale to acquire accreditation through an African independent Christian association.

Empowering vessels of hope: spirituality and sustainability in rural Tabre, Ghana, West Africa

Author
Dale Lorretta Johnson
Abstract
The model of ministry objectives were to: (1) read the biblical text John 4:7-42 "with" and "to" Ghanaian and African American women in a rural Spiritual Formation Support Circle, and (2) establish an income generating Sustainable Small Scale Enterprise Project. A Qualitative Enhanced Ethnographic Research Design was used. The research found that a significant sense of empowerment developed among project participants. A Tabre Women's Association of 110 women was organized to sustain the Spiritual Formation Support Circle and Sustainable Small Scale Enterprise Project. Through their collaborative participation in this rural Ghanaian village, women were empowered spiritually and economically.

A study of the factors responsible for and contributing to the problem of apostasy in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Ghana

Author
Joseph Addai
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to find why people respond so quickly to the Three Angels' Messages which Adventists proclaim and then, later, become disassociated or inactive church members. The study was based on 250 interviews with persons who have become disassociated with the church and with those who are active church leaders and lay persons. The interviews revealed that the major factor for both apostasy and inactive membership was problems concerning marriage and divorce. A second factor was lack of support in times of crisis. Other causes were movement between cities and decline in spiritual life. The conclusion highlights several causes of apostasy. The Ghanaian church should consider the question of premarital counseling and the importance of adoption in the Ghanaian setting.

Positioning an International Partner Lutheran Church Seminary for Accreditation: A Critical Analysis of a Proposed Procedure for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana Lutheran Seminary, Ghana, West Africa

Author
Steven R Schumacher
Abstract
There is both a need and interest in attaining accreditation for theological education programs by partner Lutheran Church seminaries in Africa. By means of a critical analysis a proposed procedure for The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana (ELCG) Lutheran Seminary was prepared by the author. He assessed the current student population and ELCG ordained pastors through means of tracking GPAs, personal interviews, surveys and questionnaires to discover academic and cultural needs in preparing for the pastoral ministry. Through his discoveries, the author presents a theological basis for the rationale to acquire accreditation through an African independent Christian association.
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