Youth ministry in the mainstream churches in Wakiso district
Bbosa, Esau Kimanje (rev)
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This study investigated the Youth Ministry in the mainstream churches in Wakiso District. The study was based on finding out the programs and the aims which the mainstream churches have in place for the youth; establish the contributions of the existing youth ministry to the youth in the mainstream churches; finding out the challenges of youth ministry in the mainstream churches and suggesting solutions to the challenges of youth ministry in the mainstream churches. A combination of both qualitative and quantitative designs was employed. But the dominant design in this study was qualitative. A total of 204 respondents were involved. A purposeful sampling method was used in selecting the sample as it was ideal and it ensured getting information from resourceful persons. The Primary data was collected using questionnaires, interview guide and focus di scussion groups while secondary data was obtained from written documents and internet. Data was analyzed using descriptive means. The study findings are of both theoretical and practical significance to the following: the parents benefit from the study, because the findings equip them with knowledge of giving their children a good spiritual foundation, which in tum wi ll result into a big number of the youth in the church. The findings are of benefit to the Pastors and other Church leaders as they are provided with information of carrying out attractive and effective ministry to the youths. Students and scholars who will carry out related studies will benefit from the findings by getting the needed background information to their studies. The findings of the study wi ll also be of benefit to the general society because when the church handles the youth properly their morals will improve, thus raising well behaved citizens. The findings from the research show that there are programs and the aims which the mainstream churches have in place for the youth; there are established contributions of the existing youth ministry to the youth in the mainstream churches; there are challenges of youth ministry in the mainstream churches and suggested recommendations to the challenges of youth ministry in the mainstream churches were given.