Small Christian Communities: Membership and Participation in Tenden Sub-Parish, Kapcherop in Eldoret Diocese, Kenya (Published)
In the present-day Church, Small Christian Communities embody the reality of a religious and social life founded on concern for others as seen from the original Jerusalem Community. The study examined the characteristics of Small Christian Communities in Tenden Sub-Parish, Kapcherop, Eldoret Diocese, Kenya. The study adopted a descriptive approach. It relied on purposive and stratified sampling to sample 12 key informants, comprising priests, Deacons, Seminarians, and SCC leaders. The study employed questionnaires and interviews to collect data. Secondary data was generated from various libraries. The findings of the study showed that majority of those who attended SCCs were aged 36-45 years. Women still formed the majority of attendees. Fewer men than women attended SCC meetings. Men who attended SCCs were selective of activities in which to participate. Most of the SCCs, though recently established, were relatively active in pastoral activities. Despite the many challenges they experience, SCCs still play an important role in elevating members spiritually and materially. Therefore, based on the study findings, there is need to encourage younger members of the Church to attend SCCs for spiritual nourishment. Moreover, professionals and other educated laypersons should also be encouraged to participate in SCCs. They can bring their skills and competences to enhance the management and effectiveness of SCCs. This paper provides insight on the current state of SCCs to help church leaders in enhancing the efficiency of these communities and lay participation in SCCs.
Food security demands that citizens participate actively in food production. How to persuade people to participate in food production programmes is the task for agricultural messages. The “Imo Food Basket Programme” in Nigeria was used to determine why messages were ineffective in persuading long-lasting participation in food production. A sample of 325 was drawn purposively from the population of the five zonal farm clusters in the state. The triangulation method used both observation and survey to obtain data, while the Likert scale and simple percentage were used to analyze them. It was found that a message which does not satisfy its audience expectation cannot persuade intended action. It was also found that the agricultural message set the food production agenda but was ineffective in determining how recipients responded to it. Finally, it was observed that some other motives stimulated participation in food production, other-than the presented message. It becomes advisable that agricultural messages must specify accruable benefits in food production participation if it expects to achieve the desired objective. Interest can only be substantiated where disposition controls action.