Date of Award
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Bruce L. Bauer
It has been observed for thirty years that Adventists conventional way of doing outreach ministries especially in the cities, fail to have expected response that fulfills goals. Attitudes of people are apathetic and reserved they stand aloof and are removed from sharing in what has been offered. They cannot be bothered. The inner city of Ibadan especially displays this type of attitude. Thus, inner city Ibadan has remained unentered by the Adventists since the inception of the Church in Ibadan a century ago. There is no single church of the Seventh-day Adventists in inner city Ibadan.
A strategy of a social approach was created, to find, and plan to meet some of the felt needs of the people of Oke-Offa Atipe area of inner city Ibadan, and thereby create friendships with them that will henceforth change their views about Seventh-day Adventist programs. This strategy was formulated on a Logframe and timed for implementation on a Gantt chart. It was designed to use social programs like Health and Family Life education as activities to achieve our goal. Though, it was only Health education programs that got implemented.
The program was implemented between December 8 and 14, 2013 at Oke-Offa Atipe area of inner city Ibadan. The sessions were involving and educative for the participants. Their interest indicated in the questions they asked, and in their reluctance to close our discussions each evening. Besides the health education part of the program, participants were tested for vital signs, and consulted. At the end, it was indicative that an environment of understanding had been created. This only needs to be built on through further beneficial programs.
Social activities have been successfully used to initiate a friendship with the people of Oke-Offa Atipe area of inner city Ibadan. This achievement of winning access to their ears will accomplish more for the church if the people are persuaded by the benefits of the program.
Health education--Religious aspects, Social service--Religious aspects, Evangelistic work--Nigeria--Ibadan, Witness bearing (Christianity), Missions, Medical
Oyinloye, Ezekiel Adeyemi, "Health and Social Ministries: A Holistic Approach to Ministering in Contemporary Society" (2014). Project Documents. 264.