The Nigerian nation is a religious one, no doubt. With an almost equal spread of Christians & Muslims and a dedicated indigenous faith population, the subject of religion is taken very seriously and permeates every aspect of the people’s lives.
According to the Pew Research Centre, Nigeria has the largest Christian population of any country in Africa. The percentage of Christians in Nigeria grew from 21.4% in 1953 to 49.3% in 2010.
During those years, the Church in Nigeria went through several transitions and evolutions in demography, theology, membership, leadership, style of worship, culture, technology and public perception, to mention a few.
The impact of demography for instance is reflected in the rise of “New Generation” churches, prevalent in major cities. These churches hold a strong appeal for youths who make up 65% of Nigeria’s population while orthodox churches maintain their strength as bastions of religious tenets and tradition.
The rise of 21st century technologies and cultural imperatives has also impacted the church. Churches are now tasked with responding to social media and the interactivity it brings. Churches are also grappling with new family sociologies and sexuality.
The Alder State of the Church Report investigates how churches in Nigeria have navigated these trends and are viewed by their followers and the public in general.
Areas the Alder State of the Church Report Will Focus On
The Report will provide insight into the demographic distribution of those who go to church including geographic, denominational and gender trends.
The Report will profile the perceived impact of the church on culture, morality & values and socio-political issues.
The Report will investigate emergent issues of sexuality and measure the trust quotient citizens repose in Nigerian churches.
The Report will highlight social media use in Nigerian churches.
Usefulness of the Report
- The Report investigates how Nigerian churches are viewed by their followers and the general public
- It highlights important trends the Church should be aware of
- It measures how churches have navigated technological, demographic, cultural & social trends
- It provides important feedback to churches in Nigeria
How you can Participate
- Complete the State of the Church survey: http://tinyurl.com/stateofchurch
- Ask your church members to fill the survey. We’ve prepared a presentation for you: http://tinyurl.com/stateofchurchpresentation
- Signify interest in a customised report for your church: http://tinyurl.com/stateofchurchcontact. (This is subject to large numbers of member participation)
- Sign up to be notified when the report is ready: http://tinyurl.com/stateofchurchcontact