Entrepreneurship Programmes Churches Can Organize

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Churches need to develop and organize entrepreneurship programmes to equip their members in order to promote economic growth, development and reduce the social vices in our economy.

Not just in the Nigeria but around most of the world people are struggling to find jobs. Some of this unemployment challenge is due to technology replacing human labor with machines. Some of it is due to social and political breakdowns such as warfare, violence, and corruption. Some of it is due to famine,disease,and natural disasters.

Some are due to the lack of a good work ethic, motivation, honesty, diligence, responsibility, and so on.

The absence of jobs and work is a huge factor in poverty of course. It is a survival issue. People need work to be able to eat and find shelter and basic necessities. But unemployment or joblessness also brings

with it a loss of human dignity and a squandering of gifts and abilities God grants to each of us.

We need jobs to be able to survive and provide for our families.
The various ways in which the church can assist their congregation in entrepreneurship programme includes Capacity building programme,Skill Acquisition Programme,Giving Soft Loan,Scholarship,Mentorship,Seminars.

1. Capacity building programme: Building capacity involves skills transfer, training, human resource management, organizational development, and the strengthening of communities and social networks. There is a need for the church to organize capacity building programme so that their members can gain more skills,knowledge and values which will help them to be more productive to themselves and the society at large.Programmes that can be embarked upon includes trainings in different fields. e.g An Accountant can be given training in Sage applications, Tally. Erp e.t. Also, Computer training can also be embarked upon for both youth and adult in the church because we are now in the computer age.

2.Skill Acquisition: This can be in form of organising a week training programme in soap making,bead making,catering, photography, cosmetics and make-up, tailoring, hairdressing, shoe and bag making e.t.c. The skills gained through this programme will enable them start their own business and also generate revenue thereby reducing unemployment in the society and also creating employment for other jobless.

3. Giving Soft Loans: Churches by granting soft loans to their members who have financial challenges will motivate  their members to start and expand their business rather than killing their ideas due to lack of finance.

4. Scholarship: There are some trainings that can be embarked upon which will add value to their members. Most members are willing to participate in the training but they lack the money to pay to acquire this training. Churches can encourage their members by giving them scholarships to acquire this training.

5. Mentorship: People who have experienced in the business are connected with the young entrepreneur to assist them with the necessary advice they need to succeed.

6. Seminars: Churches can organise seminars to equipped them with the necessary information they needed to succeed in their business.
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