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PROJECT TOPIC- INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES IN MANAGEMENT OF CHURCHES: A STUDY OF CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF IDAH, KOGI STATE

PROJECT TOPIC- INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES IN MANAGEMENT OF CHURCHES: A STUDY OF CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF IDAH, KOGI STATE

ABSTRACT

Information and Communcation Technologies (ICTs) are significantly changing our old ways of sending, receiving, storing, retrieving and analysing messages and data. Every sphere of life is caught in this inevitable net of information revolution. The Church being a socio-religious organisation cannot afford to be passive observer in the many benefits and opportunities being offered by ICTs. This study thus took a critical look at Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the management of Churches with particular references to the Catholic Diocese of Idah is lagging behind in the utilisation of ICTs in the daily management of her Churches.

CHAPTER ONE:

INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background of the Study

Each day the wheel of progress continues to turn bringing about significant changes in human endeavours. Man, the rational animal on the face of the earth, has from crude methods of communication developed highly sophisticated ways of communicating. The new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are rapidly changing our old ways of sending, receiving, storing and analyzing messages and data. Many barriers that militated against effective communication are day-after-day being dismantled. Every sphere of life is now caught in this inevitable web of information revolution. Reflecting on this era of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Toffler (980:9) has this to say:
A new civilization is emerging in our lives, and blind men everywhere are trying to suppress it. This new civilization brings with it new family
styles; changed ways of working, loving and living, a new economy; new political conflicts; and beyond all this an altered consciousness as well.
Pieces of this new civilization exist today. No doubt ICT is rapidly constructing the rhythms of tomorrow’s style and no one can stop it. Communication strengthens life, makes it enjoyable and meaningful. McBride et al, (1980:3) put it this way:
Communication maintains life. It is also the motion and expression of social activities and civilization;
it leads various processes and systems of enquiry, command and control; it creates a common pool of ideas, strengthens the feeling of togetherness through exchange of messages and translates thought in action, reflecting every emotion and need from the humblest tasks of human survival to supreme manifestations of creativity-or destruction.
The birth of the Internet has greatly revolutionalized communication systems globally. This global network of computers has injected more strength  into Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) dominated by the developed countries. In developed and les developed countries many media institutions, schools and colleges, organizations, individuals now make tremendous use of the Internet (Net) on daily basis to send and receive information within and outside their countries. The “Global Village” is rapidly turning into a “Global Parlour”. We now live in a world of “e-communication”. Putting it in its rightful perspective Okoro (2006:5) says:
Today, our world has become a world of fax machines, mobile phones, computers, satellites, videotext, telex cable, you name it, thus giving rise
to life of … e-learning, e-business, e-trading, email, e-library, e-fund transfer, e-banking, econferencing, e-enterprise, e-research, and the
like. In this globalize world of computer mediated communication and cyberspace, life and things move at a fast clip while man adapts his behaviour to match the tempo of change.
This global growth of telecommunications industry is making many countries, especially the less developed countries, feel uneasy for they strongly
believe that what is happening now in the field of telecommunications will set terms of life in the near future just as 19th country industrialization set terms of life for our present ear. In deed, many nations strongly believe that sovereignty, economic, social, political and religious affairs and other national issues, now and tomorrow, will greatly depend on telecommunications. It thus follows that to be left behind in the telecommunications “hot race” means disaster (Iyere, 2001:92).
Sherafini (1981:13) commenting on the new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) maintains that: The information revolution is a worldwid phenomenon causing significant structural changes in economics of all countries, regardless of national differences in industrial revolution, the information revolution is unavoidable.
Consequently, the objectives of public policy should be not to prevent the revolution from occurring, but rather to turn it to our advantage.
In Nigeria, today, the whirlwind of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is engulfing many cities, towns and villages. Both young
and old in Nigeria are thus happily embracing the ICTs inevitable grip. Ginikanwa (2007:124) sums up the situation this way: Presently, there is an explosion in information generation and transmission around the globe fostered by the over whelming advancements in information communication technologies. Nigeria is not an exception in the present trend. There are a myriad of ICTs available to organizations in Nigeria
which the Corporate Communication Manager can utilize to improve his information output.
The Church, being a human organization, cannot be a passive observer of the vast arrays of developments in Communication Technology. This is because she has to adequately use them for effective and efficient management, administration and evangelization of people in the world. In fact, the Church has to use the mass media available in our time to properly execute God’s mandate to her “Go, teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). We support the views of Azuzu (1987:15) that: …Communication is a ministry and it is needed everywhere in the Church today than ever before.
This fact should strike a meaningful note in the hearts of every commitment Christian in our time.
The response should be demonstrated in having men and women who identify themselves professionally to tackle the challenging problems,
and of enormous dimensions posed for the Church in this media-invaded world of ours. The thrust of this research work, therefore, is to x-ray or bring to the fore the imperativeness of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the management of Churches with particular reference to the Catholic Diocese of Idah, Kogi State.

PROJECT TOPIC- INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES IN MANAGEMENT OF CHURCHES: A STUDY OF CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF IDAH, KOGI STATE

1.2 Statement of the Problem

Significant changes in various aspects of human life are recorded daily as a result of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). As a human organization, the Church cannot afford to be a passive observer of the fascinating benefits and challenges the new information revolution presents to mankind in this 21st century. Some Church authorities, especially those in major cities and towns in Nigeria, have taken dynamic and progressive steps to use some of the tools of information technology in their daily management, administration and evangelization of people.
This study thus takes a firm stand by positing that Churches in the Catholic Diocese of Idah, should make adequate use of the abundant resources information and communication technology presents, if they are to be relevant and dynamic participants in the ongoing information revolution.

1.3 Objectives of the Study

The following are the objectives of the study:
i. To find out the level of exposure of the priests, religious and members of the laity in the Catholic Diocese of Idah to modern communication outlets.
ii. To articulate the benefits and challenges of computer literacy to priests, religious and laity members of the Catholic Diocese of Idah.
iii. To find out the extent to which priests in the Catholic Diocese of Idah use modern communication gadgets in the management of their parishes.
iv. To bring to the fore the factors militating against better and wider use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the Catholic
Diocese of Idah.
v. To proffer solutions to the identified problems because of the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in effective
management of parishes.

1.4 Significance of the Study

The significance of the study is to make the Catholic Diocese of Idah see the importance of the new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in management of Churches. It will also help the diocese in efficient and effective planning and execution of her daily pastoral programmes and activities within and outside the diocese. Equally, the study being the first of its kind in the diocese, future researchers will find it very useful as it forms a springboard for further research work in related areas.

1.5 Research Questions

 

PROJECT TOPIC- INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES IN MANAGEMENT OF CHURCHES: A STUDY OF CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF IDAH, KOGI STATE

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