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dc.contributor.authorMuriithi, Elizabeth Nancy
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-20T08:16:41Z
dc.date.available2018-09-20T08:16:41Z
dc.date.issued2018-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/18638
dc.descriptionA Thesis Submitted to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of the Degree of Master of Arts of Kenyatta University. March, 2018en_US
dc.description.abstractMarriage is a social-cultural phenomenon which is biblically rooted as well as God instituted. In our contemporary society, many marriages; Christian and non-Christian alike face marital challenges which often call for a pastoral intervention from the pastoral leadership, especially among Christians. This phenomenon, no doubt, prompted the researcher to undertake this study, study on pastoral marital programmes used to address marital challenges in Redeemed Gospel Church (RGC) in Embu County, Kenya. In view of this, the purpose of this study was to look into RGC’s pastoral interventions on marital challenges with the sole aim of finding better ways of addressing the test. To achieve this objective, the following specific study objectives guided the research: To examine marital challenges among RGC Christian families in Embu County, Kenya, to study pastoral marital programmes in place to address marital challenges in RGC Embu County, Kenya, to explore ways in which Christian families in RGC in Embu County address marital challenges and to find out the perceived benefits of pastoral marital programmes among Christian families in RGC, Embu County. RGC was considered an appropriate study location because of her mission of “reaching the unreached with the word of God” and its endeavour to manifest its mission beyond ecclesiastical boundaries. Further, the study used the structural functional theory in its theoretical framework. In its design, Qualitative approach was the determinant design that was applied. The total population of the two churches sampled for the purposes of this study had1464 people. The study sample comprised of 171respondents. The target population included one bishop, two pastors, 6 church elders, 48 married men and 84 married women. Besides, thirty children from families of the married men and women respondents were also included in the study. Purposive, random and snow ball sampling techniques were used. Data was collected through questionnaires, interview schedules and focus group discussions (FGDs) in order to shed light on issues under investigation. The recorded interviews were transcribed into a narrative form. The data collected was analyzed, synthesized and eventually interpreted. The results were presented in bar graphs, pie charts, tables of frequency distribution and percentages. The study found out that there are marital challenges among RGC Christian families in Embu County despite RGC having established pastoral programmes that are meant to address the challenge therein. The study concludes that the prevailing marital challenges are likely to be addressed if the church adequately improves her methods of teaching PmPs. There is an urgent need to revisit and adequately reconstruct the methodology in teaching PmPs. This will be through involving knowledgeable people such as teachers, increasing learning sessions, creating more forums for PmPs, improving topic selection to ensure more learning on better ways of addressing marital challenges and encouraging church members to consult their pastor and the church elders for premarital and post marital guidance and counselling. The church should encourage Home Bible Churches (HBC) within its members. Through HBC, people can learn how to respond to marital challenges biblically and may possibly be able to deal with problems in their early stages. Transition rites of passage programmes need to be put in place. They can possibly facilitate the kind of FLE necessary for every group in the church. RGC should establish marital pastoral centres run by trained personnel for each congregation. In these centres, church members and the general public can seek pre-marital and post marital guidance and counsellingen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipKenyatta Universityen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherKenyatta Universityen_US
dc.titlePastoral marital programmes used among members of redeemed gospel church in Embu County, Kenyaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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