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Planning and management in the Missional agenda of the 21st Century Church: A study of Lighthouse Chapel International

Peter White, Benjamin O. Acheampong
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 38, No 1 | a1699 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i1.1699 | © 2017 Peter White, Benjamin O. Acheampong | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 September 2016 | Published: 30 June 2017

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Peter White, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Benjamin O. Acheampong, Department of Theology, Christian Service University College, Ghana


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Abstract

Planning and management is an important aspect of every successful organisation. In a similar way as the church participates in the missio Dei, it is essential that we consider planning and management as part of the missional tools for the management of the various resources God has given the church. Doing this, church leadership must join in with the Father (God) and the Holy Spirit to know what he wants to accomplish in their context as they plan and manage God’s resources for missional purposes. In the light of this understanding, the article discusses the role of ‘planning and management in the missional agenda of the 21st century church’ by using one of the fastest growing Neo-Pentecostal churches in Ghana, the Lighthouse Chapel International, as a case study. The central argument in this paper is that although leadership has a major role to play in missional planning, it is however a holistic and all-inclusive agenda. Missional planning includes the involvement of the Holy Spirit, congregational leadership, the entire congregation and the various resources the church is being endowed with by God.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The study is an interdisciplinary study between Missiology, Planning, and Management. The result from the study will enhance the Ecclesiastical Community to appreciate the importance of management and planning as they participate in the missio Dei.


Keywords

Mission; 21st century church; Light House Chapel International; Planning and management for mission; missional spirituality of planning and management

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