Parenthood Programs in The Anglican Church and their Influence among Agikuyu Christians in Murang’a South Diocese, Murang’a County, Kenya.
Wanyoike, Joseph Muturi
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This study was necessitated by the fact that some parents in the ACK Diocese of Murang’a south have challenges with some of their children because they engage in drugs and substance abuse, irresponsible sexual behaviour, and instead of working to develop society, some have destroyed even what had been invested by their parents. The church has a responsibility of assisting parents in their parenthood. Part of the mission of SPU is to develop servant leaders who will serve the church holistically. However, some clergy have challenges in assisting parents to parent their children, resulting in maladjustments among family members. The study was based on the following objectives: to establish whether the SPU prepares the clergy to teach biblical parenthood programs; to examine whether the Anglican clergy teach parents biblical parenthood programs; to examine whether the Anglican parents apply biblical parenthood programs on parenting; to find out whether Anglican parenthood programs are effective in helping the Anglican children to be responsible, and; to establish the Agikuyu parental cultural practices that could strengthen parenthood among Anglican Christians. The study reviewed literature concerning training of the clergy; the role of the clergy in parenting; parenthood responsibilities; Anglican Church parenthood programs; and Agikuyu parenthood cultural practices. The study was informed by the attachment theory, the psychosexual theory, and the psychosocial theory. The sampling techniques used were the Purposive, Snowball and the Stratified random. The total population for the study was 19057. The target population was 1996 and the total sampled was 255. The researcher interviewed 218 respondents. In percentages, the target population was 10.5% of the total population, the total sampled was 13% of the target population, and the total respondents were 85.5% of total sampled. The study used descriptive survey design. Descriptive data analysis was done whereby quantitative data was categorized and coded in the statistical package for social science (SPSS) to generate frequencies and percentages. The study established that St Paul’s University (SPU) teaches units like pastoral counselling and chaplaincy, but does not have a chronological and integrated unit on parenthood. In addition, the clergy occasionally, teach parents biblical parenthood programs. However, this was found to be wanting because some parents who have gone through these programs still have challenges as seen in the irresponsible behaviour of some of their children.