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Evangelistic Thrust as an Influence to the Spiritual Development of Seventh - day Adventist (SDA) Church in Cross River State

Eko, Enebieni Enebieni, Ph. D
Department of Religious Studies CLIFFORD UNIVERSITY Nigeria
Ekpenyong, Ekpenyong Obo, Ph. D
Department of Religious and Cultural Studies UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR Nigeria
Online First: November 14, 2019
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E. E. E. Ph. D and E. E. O. Ph. D, “Evangelistic Thrust as an Influence to the Spiritual Development of Seventh - day Adventist (SDA) Church in Cross River State”, sshj, vol. 3, no. 11, pp. 1599-1621, Nov. 2019.

Abstract

The research looks at evangelistic thrust as an influence to the spiritual development of Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cross River State, which hitherto has been hindered. To realize this, five (5) point purpose of the study was considered, data were collected from the field-work and the study employed statistical, sociological, historical and theological methods in analyzing its data.  From the investigation conducted on this study, it is apparent that the following are the major factors that contribute to slow spiritual development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cross River State in terms of the church's evangelistic fervor, namely: Dearth of Pastors and Church Growth; Historical Factors and Church Growth; Members’ Active Church Life and Church Growth; Impact of Church on Community and Church Growth, and Misunderstanding about SDA Church and Church Growth. This recommended church organization can be understood through the under-listed terms: The SDA Church in Cross River State should move into communicating her messages in the languages of the people and different cultures in the State.  And, the formation of Evangelism Council in all SDA Churches in Cross River State seems mandatory and inevitable in order to sharpen members’ minds and focus on soul winning endeavours.

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References

Primary Source: Interviews

Samuel Chukwu (53). Igoli-Ogoja, in Cross River State.
January 13, 2004.

Ikwo Ekpendu (68). Oron, in Akwa Ibom State
January 25, 2005

Micah John Enang (60). Calabar, in Cross River State.
September 27, 2005.

Effiong A. Etuk (68). Etinan, in Akwa Ibom State.
October, 2005.

Harry J. Awuloha (78). Umuokpara, Umuahia in Abia State.
November 10, 2005.

Nkereuwem John Enang (49). Calabar, in Cross River Stste.
November 11, 2005.

Elijah S. Unanam (71) Calabar, in Cross River State.
December 12, 2005

Jombo J. Udofa (70). Nkwot, in Akwa Ibom State,
December 14, 2005.

Monday Isaac (73). Calabar in Cross River State.
May 18, 2006.

Okechuwu Ujeh (55). Calabar, in Cross River State.
July 24, 2007.

Salome Okwubunka (65). Aba, in Abia State.
August 26, 2007.

Sabbath U.Essien (66) Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom State
July 16, 2006.
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Agbola, David T. Seventh-day Adventist in Yorubaland 1914-1964
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Enugu: Harris Publisher, 1990.

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Calabar: Glad Tidings Press, 2000.

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The Making of a New Elite.
London: Longmans, Green, 1965.

Babalola, David O. On Becoming A Conference: The study of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Yoruba land 1914-2002.
Ibadan: O$B Design, 2002.

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Hagerstown: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1982.

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Chicago-Los Angeles: The Judson Press, 1953.
Cress, James A. You Can Keep Them if You Care.
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada: Miracle Press, 2000.
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DomNwachukwu, Peter. N. Authentic African Christianity.
New York: Peter Lang, 1996

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Erickson, Millard J. Contemporary Options in Eschatology: A Study of the Millennium (Paper Edition).
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Mountain View, California: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1998
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Washington, D.C: SDA Church Worldwide Sabbath School Manuscript Evaluation Committee, 2006.

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Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978.

Haviland, William A. Cultural Anthropology.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1987.

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New York: Pilgrim Press, 1979.

Hudnut, Robert K. Church Growth is Not the Point. New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1975.

Ihejiamaizu, Emmanuel C. Sociology of Nigerian Rural Society.
Owerri: African Scholar’s publishing, 2002.

Inch, Morris A. The Evangelical Challenge.
Philadelphia: West Minister, 1978.

Isaacson, Alan. Deeper life: The Extra-Ordinary Growth of Deeper Life Bible Church.
London: Hodder and Stroughten, 1990

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Calabar: Amuko Graphic and Press, 1988.

Iwe, Nwachukwuike S. Socio-Ethical Issues in Nigeria
New York: Peter Lang, 1987.

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