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Unpublished Paper
The Ordination Process in Tanzania and Its Implications: On Listening to Unheard Voices of Ordained and Licensed Ministers.
ECD Biblical Research Committee Papers (2013)
  • Mussa Muneja
Abstract

This empirical study that took a qualitative approach sought to unearth the voices of ordained and licensed ministers on the way ordination process is carried in Tanzania. A total number of 11 participants participated in a face to face interviews, while other 5 participants filled the instrument sent the findings by email. The findings were recorded, coded to identify themes and analyzed through a comparative approach. The overall finding is that all pastors regardless of the former and present status in the ministry as it relates to retirement, being ordained or not, educational level, ministerial positions, management positions are unhappy with the way ordination process is done in Tanzania. This finding is partly consistent with the first World Happiness Report, released in 2013 ahead of the UN high-level meeting on Happiness and Well-being. This report ranks Tanzania as 10th from the bottom of 156 countries surveyed. In the look of things Tanzania is perceived globally as a haven of happiness and peace, but research has negated this. Likewise the ordained and licensed pastors in Tanzania appear to be ‘happy,’ in the way ordination process is done but the findings of this study have negated this fact. The participants indicated that issues of injustices are deeply hidden in the garbs of secrecy and silence. The study recommends for a need to plan for a Union-wide Truth and Reconciliation Commission to further review what the problems are and how they can be addressed.

Keywords
  • Ordination,
  • Justice,
  • Inclusiveness
Disciplines
Publication Date
2013
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Citation Information
Mussa Muneja. "The Ordination Process in Tanzania and Its Implications: On Listening to Unheard Voices of Ordained and Licensed Ministers." ECD Biblical Research Committee Papers (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mussa_muneja/3/