Liturgical adaptation for church growth in Nigeria
Onu Ben O
Liturgy is a heritage of the Church and the fabric that coordinates other aspects of her life. There is disparity between mainline and Pentecostal churches in Nigeria in attendance, planting of new congregations, youth followership and infrastructural development. Application of the liturgy is a factor. The minister is a key player in Church growth by his training and experience. This paper examined the fundamentals of liturgical adaptation for church growth in Nigerian Christianity using creative assimilation theory. The study revealed four biblical models of liturgy, and principles of liturgical adaptation that will enhance church growth, namely; resolutions, reforms, indigenization and creativity. Ability of clerical and lay leadership to adapt worship and sacramentals to the cultural environment of the church is critical for spiritual, numerical, structural and congregation growth of the church in Nigeria and Africa at large.The paper recommended for positive messages and dynamism of ministers in liturgical matters.