The relevance of covenant theology to fatherlessness in Kenya: A youth and family ministry perspective

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Covenant theology, Fatherlessness, Practical theology, Youth and family ministry

Abstract

This article explores fatherlessness within the Kenyan society, as well as its causes and effects. The article uses a practical theological methodology that unpacks the doctrine of reformed covenant theology (RCT) and its implications for strengthening the church’s ministries to young people and families within the context of fatherlessness in Kenya. The articles argues that RCT strengthens the individual’s self-concept in light of family dysfunction; restores a covenantal understanding of marriage with implications for marital and family life, and provides a context for covenant communities of faith to
function as nurturing families for young people who have been abandoned or isolated through fatherlessness or father absence. This article suggests that RCT offers a robust theology that can anchor practical interventions within the scope of the church’s ministry to its young people as well as its families.

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2022-06-24

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