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    The Effect of Inadequate Christian Parenting on Holistic Development of Children in Bugiri Archdeaconry
    (Uganda Christian University, 2023-09-28) Waiswa Moses Ivumbi
    The study was carried out to examine how inadequate Christian parenting affects the holistic development of children in Bugiri Archdeaconry. The objectives of the study were: to explore the concept of Christian parenting in Bugiri Archdeaconry, to investigate whether Christian parenting approaches are followed by people of Bugiri Archdeaconry and to analyze the role of Christian parenting to the holistic development of children in Bugiri Archdeaconry. Both qualitative and quantitative research designs were employed. The participants involved were Christian leaders, and Christian parents and these were 140 in number. The researcher used questionnaires, interview guides as research instruments to collect data. The sampling technique used was purposive and the selection was random and data collection sources were primary and secondary. The research findings showed that to a large extent parents practiced the concept of Christian parenting but the 22.4% who said they practiced Christian parenting to a small extent could not be ignored because this is a big percentage. For objective two, the study found out that majority of the parents in Bugiri use strict parenting, permissive parenting, others use non-involved parenting approaches, these are less in Christian parenting practices. Lastly, the study in objective three established that parents that give time for their children, pray together as a family, attend church together, operate family alters, engage in bible studies with children, teach the children about the ten commandments and how to follow them; such practices help their children to holistically develop physically, emotionally, spiritually, and morally. The researcher recommends that Christian parents should learn the biblical principles of parenting and also get involved in the life of their children fully, spend much more quality time with them and answer some of the social and spiritual challenges that the children go through.
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    Effect of Civil Conflicts on the Development of the Church: A case of the Episcopal Diocese of Yei, (Anglican Communion)
    (Uganda Christian University, 2023-09-25) Emmanuel Charles Lokosang
    The stand of this thesis is to examine the effect of civil conflicts on the development of the church: A case of the Episcopal Diocese of Yei. The study was directed by three main objectives: 1- it investigates the causes of civil conflicts in South Sudan, 2 - it assessed how civil conflicts affect the development of the church, 3- it examined strategies devised by the Church to maintain its development amidst civil Conflicts in South Sudan. And then it explores theological reflection on the matter. The Church in South Sudan (SS) lives amidst civil conflicts and wars for several decades which affected its life and development. South Sudan is a multiethnic and multi-religious country experienced civil conflicts and wars. Therefore, this thesis helps the church and the community to prevent the emergence of civil conflicts after identifying the causes of the conflicts in the society and how it affects the development of the church and the community for the church to maintain its development awake amidst conflicting civil societies. It makes clear a theological concept of origin of conflicts, the effect of the conflicts on the civil population including the church, and how the church remains progressive. However, this study realized a gap that need further study. The effect of political influence on the social development of the Church as the body of Christ. Effect of ethnic influence on the spiritual growth of the Church as the body of Christ. The gap has its root on the conflict of interest. Which has impact on the Social, economic, and spiritual being of the Church. Most of researches focus on the conflicts within the church and how it affects her development and growth, the role of the Church in conflict resolution and peace building. But few research is done on how the external factors influence the affairs of the Church and affects her state of development and growth, emerge problems to the Church . in this regard, the study established it foundation from this phenomenon based on the theories of conflict emergence and its effects on the society.
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    Reward Strategy and Employee Commitment Towards Organizational Development: A Case of Church Workers in Ankole Diocese
    (Uganda Christian University, 2023-09-25) Dickson Nuwamanya
    Employees are the most valuable and important assets for any organization including religious organizations. Given their significant role in strengthening many people, especially during tough times, rewarding church workers is of significant importance not only to the church/believers but also staff themselves. The purpose of this study was therefore to find out the relationship between reward strategy and employee Commitment towards organizational development among church workers in Ankole Diocese. Specifically, the study sought to establish the current reward systems used by church workers in Ankole Diocese, to assess the positive and negative contributions of the current reward systems on commitment of church workers towards development in Ankole Diocese. The study used a descriptive survey research design which exploited a quantitative approach to collect data from church workers in 14 parish churches in two (2) Archdeaconries of Ankole diocese; Deanery and Greater Mbarara in Ankole Diocese. A sample size of 134 church workers was randomly selected from the 2 archdeaconries out of which only 120 workers responded to questionnaires as the main instruments for data collection. Data analysis was aided using SPSS and results presented as descriptive statistics. From the analysis, the study revealed that there is a very wide deviation in perceptions of fairness of the financial and non-financial rewards received by church workers, with most employees perceiving the rewards as unfair. However, the findings revealed that a good reward system motivates employees to work hard and exhibit all their skills and efforts to effectively and efficiently perform their duties and meet their targets instead of involving in counterproductive work behavior. This in turn improves employee commitment and productivity and job satisfaction as well as reduced labour turnover. The study however revealed that a poorly structured reward system can result in high labour turnover and low level of productivity among employees since it reduces their morale and commitment towards work. The study concluded that if Ankole diocese does not review the reward system to provide adequate and fair rewards to church workers, it is likely to contribute to conflicts and dissatisfaction among workers which can have a detrimental effect on employee productivity, performance and commitment towards church development. The study also concludes that employee rewards can be an effective tool for improving employee performance among church workers in Ankole Diocese due to its ability to prevent counterproductive work behavior and improve employee productivity, job satisfaction, commitment, and loyalty to the church where they serve and the diocese in general. The study therefore recommends Ankole diocese to review the pay structure in a way that it ensures all church workers are reward fairly and equitably without discrimination.
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    Spiritual Nourishment and the Rehabilitation on Inmates: A case of Luzira Prisons, Kampala
    (Uganda Christian University, 2023-09-22) Ephraim Kyomukama Byamukama
    The study aimed at investigating the use of spiritual nourishment in the rehabilitation of inmates; a case study of Luzira Prisons, Kampala. The study was guided by the following objectives which are; To identify the main challenges faced during spiritual nourishment in the rehabilitation of inmates in Luzira Prisons, and To establish the interventions by chaplains during spiritual nourishment while rehabilitating inmates in Luzira Prisons. The study was carried out using a case study research design where qualitative research approach was used. The data was collected using interview and focus group discussion guides and during the data collection, where purposive sampling method will be used. A sample size of 44 participants was used. The study established the main challenges faced during spiritual nourishment include: the transfer and release of chaplains, lack of enough time, language barrier, failure to interpret the bible, and negative attitude towards rehabilitation. On objective two the study established that the main interventions carried out by chaplains include: putting in place an open door policy to allow inmates to fellowship, and study the bible, facilitating peace and reconciliation between inmates and prison staff, conducting bible study lesson, ensuring continuous spiritual counseling. The study recommends that the chaplaincy should be provided with more resources to strengthen the chaplaincy activities in prison. Other recommendations can be found in the study in chapter six.