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Leadership development: Effective tool for urban Christian missions in the 21st century in Nigeria

Akinyemi O. Alawode
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 78, No 4 | a6937 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v78i4.6937 | © 2022 Akinyemi O. Alawode | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 June 2021 | Published: 24 May 2022

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Akinyemi O. Alawode, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

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Urban Christian missions battle with many challenges in this 21st century, such that there is a need for a strategic plan to do missions in the cities. Over the years, missions’ emphasis has focused on village missions and underdeveloped places. However, there is a clarion call to shift attention to urban Christian missions in recent times because the world is witnessing a massive migration of people from villages to cities for greener pastures. Christian missions’ opportunities are evident in the cities because the cities attract all kinds of people. Urban Christian missions involve assembling converts and nurturing them to maturity, enabling them to teach others about Christ, and to do likewise to ensure that the Christian faith continues. The article employed a descriptive research method, and it investigated the task of developing leaders for active Christian missions in urban areas of Nigeria because of insufficient leaders who could adequately handle Christian mission work.

Contribution: This article is in line with the focus and scope of HTS Theological Studies in the sense that the journal is an acclaimed Open Access journal with broad coverage that promotes multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary religious aspects of studies in the international theological arena and the journal’s publication criteria are based on rigorous research, accountable methodologies and novel findings based on sound ethical standards. Also, the research reveals that leadership training must be Bible-based and the Bible is the basis for Theological Studies.


leadership development; effective tool; urban Christian missions; urban missionary; life challenges


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