1000 words proposal Year 3 Dissertation Ethnographic research
Title: A Study into Ark Mission House of Prayer’s Evangelism Strategy to reach the
local Community of Burmantofts in Leeds.
The research will try to understand in what ways Ark Mission’s evangelism strategy in
Leeds is achieving its missional target. Ark Mission has its premises in Burmantofts,
an area in Leeds. The research will look at Ark Mission as a missional community
whose desire is to reach the people of Burmantofts. It will consider the evangelism
activities of the church, and the experiences of the mainly African congregation in
engaging the local community. Specific activities for missional outreach such as
involvement of members into community initiatives, interaction within partnerships and
networking in the community will be used as indicators. Ethnography is the preferred
The main purpose of this research is to examine how Ark Mission’s missional activities
use achievable strategies and methods to advance the kingdom of God in all its
various forms. A starting point for the research is Ark Mission’s ‘Community
Consultation & Development Plan’,1 which forms the basis for understanding the work
and mission of the church in Burmantofts.
In order for Ark Mission to participate in effective evangelism in its local community,
the research process will seek to show how learning from the activities being carried
1 Malko. (2018).
out might be verified as effective by talking to members of the target community and
finding out their perception of how the message of Jesus is being communicated to
The researcher has used both online materials, journals and textbooks as sources of
information to ascertain the ethnographic research. In agreement with Roxburgh3,
unchurched people are mostly unreached and often neglected, so Ark Mission’s
evangelism team, convinced that this was what God was telling them to do, set a goal
with a priority on the majority unchurched people in the Burmantofts community to
Key research found useful by this researcher is Makoti’s ‘Methodist Approaches to
Power Evangelism Among the Shona People of Rural Zimbabwe’ which was submitted
for a Master’s programme at the University of Manchester. There are notable
differences between Shona people and the Burmantofts community, but a large part
of Ark Mission House of Prayer’s missional congregation includes Shona people, and
the idea of power evangelism is in evidence in the church. Another piece of research
writing is Asamoah-Gyadu’s ‘African-led Christianity in Europe: Migration and
Diaspora Evangelism’ which considers the paradox of African Christians lowly social
and economic status in Western countries and their contribution to mission and
2 Matthew 5:10-16, (NIV).
3 Roxburgh, (2011), p.136.
4 Asamoah-Gyadu. (2008).
In contrast, the Barna Group5 research report ‘Perceptions of Jesus, Christians and
Evangelism in England’ has given this researcher insights into the nature of challenges
around evangelism in an area such as Burmantofts. This type of research shows the
kind of challenges generally faced by missional agents seeking to reach unchurched
Evangelism is a progressive event that aids people to the journey of conversion to
Christ. Other secondary sources such as writing by Stetzer and Putman strongly
suggest that “evangelism should be the main focus of the (church) of which through
the evangelised people will come to faith in Christ Jesus through God’s elect
(discipleship)”double-check this quotation, it seems grammatically incorrect – also
need to footnote the source, page number Adedibu’s article, ‘Faith Without Borders:
Maximising the Missionary Potential of Britain’s Black-majority Churches’ puts into
context the missional work of evangelism, especially of reverse missionaries from
African communities, who believe they can do much more to impact their
This research is on how Ark Mission House of Prayer can reach the Burmantofts
community in Leeds. Ethnographic and qualitative research will aid the Ark Mission
evangelism team to reach the Burmantofts community, with the advantage of local
background alongside good buildings, as well as give thought to different planned
actives needed in the community. The view of researchers from regular outreach to
this zone shows that Burmantofts is a different community with many unchurched
5 Barna Group. (2015).
people. Many from a Muslim background believe that Christians as infidels.6
Burmantofts is a multicultural area, but the majority are still local host community
members which need to experience the love of Christ. It is in an area where St James
Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is, which is not far from the central bus and
coach station and train station. More information about this neighbourhood can be
accessed through the local authority which is Leeds City Council, the area Member of
Parliament, Councillors, local General Practitioners, Leeds television channel, local
literature and promotional brochures available at Yorkshire information desks, from
You have not really said where the research will be carried out. On the street? Sports
Ethnography is helpful in understanding the cultural practices, traditions, values and
norms of the people in the community. In this way evangelism strategy and
ethnography makes the possibility to bring them to the love of God. The literature is
rich in terms of ethnography, and specifically Bryman’s Social Research Methods, and
Barker’s Cultural Studies Theory and Practice have been informative in terms of the
theoretical framework for the research process. In addition, Thomas’ How to Do Your
Research Project is information.7
Using ethnography will allow the researcher to have more knowledge about the
community and make use of their cultural practices and ways to bring the message of
6 Zech and Kelly. (2015). p. 86.
7 Bryman. (2012).
the gospel to them in a more respectful and meaningful way.8 This kind of approach
helps build up an attitude of mutual trust and cooperation between the researcher and
research participants. Ark Mission’s evangelism team has different planned activities
for engaging Burmantofts community such as street outreach, community fayre, GYM
(keep fit), drop-in, youth sport, food bank, community clean-up. Participant observation
and interviews will be used to look at how these activities are helping the evangelism
team to engage the community for gospel outreach.9
The research is committed to following best practice in keeping with the ethics
checklist which is attached as Appendix B. Essentially, the research process will strive
to avoid any harm befalling this researcher and informants. It is also stating here that
no deception will be used at all in the research.
Members of Ark Mission will be involved in the research process as stakeholders in
their desire as ambassadors for Christ in missio Dei. The Burmantofts community is
the church’s missional base as well as mission field. How the church becomes
effective in mission is to be seen in how successful the church is seen as part of this
community. Ethnography will help the missional community review its evangelism
8 Malko. (2018).
9 Malko. (2018).
Adedibu’s ‘Faith Without Borders: Maximising the Missionary Potential of Britain’s
Black-majority Churches’ need publication details
Asamoah-Gyadu (2008). ‘African-led Christianity in Europe: Migration and Diaspora
Evangelism’ need publication details
Barna Group. (2015). ‘Perceptions of Jesus, Christians & Evangelism in England’.
Accessed October 16, 2018. https://www.barna.com/research/perceptions-of-jesuschristians-evangelism-in-the-uk/.
Barker, C. (2012). Cultural Studies Theory and Practice. 4th edn. London: SAGE.
Bryman, A. (2012). Social Research Methods. 4th edn. Oxford: Oxford University
Malko, Kieran. (2018). ‘Community Development & Development Plan Ark Community
Project’. Ark Mission/Futurekraft: Bradford.
Makoti’s ‘Methodist Approaches to Power Evangelism Among the Shona People of
Rural Zimbabwe’ need publication details
Zech, Steven T., Kelly, Zane M. (2015) ‘Off with their heads: the Islamic State and
civilian beheadings’, Journal of Terrorism Research. Vol. 6(2), pp. 83-93.
The Bible New International Version. (1991). Thomas Nelson.
Roxburgh, J. Alan, (2011), Missional Joining God in The Neighbourhood. Grand
Rapids: Baker Books.
Stetzer, E., and Putman, D. (2006). Breaking the Missional Code. Nashville:
Broadman & Holman Publishers.
Thomas, G. (2013). How to Do Your Research Project. 2nd edn. London: SAGE.
Jemirade, Dele (n d). ‘Reverse Mission and the Establishment of Redeemed Christian
Church (RCCG) in Canada’ Missionalia 45-3 (263–284) Accessed October 29, 2018.
Olofinjana, I. (2018). ‘The Impact of Black Majority Churches in Britain.’ Accessed
October 29, 2018.
QPZM (2018) “Burmantofts and Richmond Hill Demographics (Leeds, England).”
Accessed June 22, 2018. http://burmantofts-and-richmondhill.localstats.co.uk/census-demographics/england/yorkshire-and-thehumber/leeds/burmantofts-and-richmond-hill.
Wahrisch-Oblau, Claudia (2001). ‘Mission in Reverse: Whose Image in the Mirror?
ANVIL Vol. 18 No 4. Accessed October 29, 2018.
Supplement C: Research ethics checklist
All research can potentially raise ethical issues. The focus here is on research
involving human participants, but consideration should also be given to ethical issues
that may arise in connection with research that does not involve human participants.
In all cases research is governed by the college’s policy for good research practices.
Part A: Project Details
I. Project Details
Title: A Study into Ark Mission House of Prayer’s Evangelism Strategy to reach
the local Community of Burmantofts in Leeds.
II. Applicant Details
|Name:||Oluwashola Afusat Agunsoye|
|Email address:||[email protected]|
|Contact address:||27 Stonegate Chase,
Ls7 2tb. Meanwood.
III. Research Aims
Please provide brief details of the research aims and the scientific background of the
research. A full copy of the proposal should be attached to this document.
The aim is to find out how Ark Mission’s missional or evangelism activities can
use achievable strategies and methods to advance the kingdom of God in
Burmantofts, Leeds. Another research aim is seeking to show how learning from
the activities being carried out might be verified as missional, by finding the
perspectives of members of the community and their views about how Jesus is
being communicated to them.
Part B: Checklist
1. Informed consent
1.1 Will potential participants be asked to give informed consent in writing and will
they be asked to confirm that they have received and read the information about the
study? If not, why not? If the research involves work with vulnerable persons and/or
under 18s permission will need to be obtained in writing from a suitable authority,
e.g. parents, school teacher. Please complete to Supplement D.
Yes, but no vulnerable people or under 18s will be involved.
1.2. How has the study been discussed or are there plans to discuss the study with
those likely to be involved, including potential participants or those who may
represent their views?
Yes, with campus tutor and supervisor.
1.3. Has information (written and oral) about the study been prepared in an
appropriate form and language for potential participants? At what point in the study
will this information be offered?
So far only oral but will be written down before research starts and mentioned to
potential participants at the commencement of data collection.
1.4 How will potential participants be informed of whether there will be adverse
consequences of a decision not to participate? Or of a decision to withdraw during
the course of the study?
By discussion about the research, orally.
1.5 What provision has been made to respond to queries and problems raised by
participants during the course of the study?
Will direct them to campus/college staff and give them contact details.
2. Research methodology
2.1. If deception10 is used as part of participant observation, how does the research
methodology justify the use of deception?
No deception to be used.
2.2. If the proposed research involves the deception of persons in vulnerable groups,
can the information sought be obtained by other means?
No deception used.
10 Participant observation without knowledge of those being observed is referred to as deception.
2.3. How will data be collected during the project? Please provide details of data
By semi-structured interview, document analysis.
2.4. How have ethical concerns arising from data collection been addressed?
Use of fictitious names to protect informants’ identities.
3. Research design
3.1 What concerns have been taken into account with regard to the design of the
research project? If agencies, communities or individuals are directly affected by the
research (e.g. participants, service users, vulnerable communities or relations), what
means have you devised to ensure that any harm or distress is minimised and/or
that the research is sensitive to the particular needs and perspectives of those so
No harm anticipated.
3.2. How has the methodology addressed the handling of sensitive information, data
No information will be exposed but will be secured in a locked place, laptop is
also password protected.
3.3. Have you been able to devise a timetable of research?
Following timetable in study guide.
4. Ethical questions arising from financial support/the provision of incentives
4.1 Are there any real or perceived conflicts of interest which could compromise the
integrity and/or independence of the research due to the nature of the funding body?
4.2 Have any incentives to the investigator been declared?
No incentives involved.
4.3 Are there any restrictions on the freedom of the investigator(s) to publish the
results of the research?
No, falls under college control.
4.4 Are any incentives being offered to participants?
5. Research Subjects
5.1 Who do you identify as the participants in the project? Are other people who are
not participants likely to be directly impacted by the project?
Members of Ark Mission congregation. No
5.2 What arrangements have been made to preserve confidentiality for the
participants or those potentially affected?
See 3.2 above
5.3. What are the specific risks to research participants or third parties?
5.4. If the research involves pain, stress, physical or emotional risk, please detail the
steps taken to minimise such effects? Explain why this is reasonable within the
context of the project?
6. Risk to researchers.
6.1 Are there any risks to the researcher(s)? Please provide details if risk identified.
7.1 Explain the mechanisms in place to ensure confidentiality, privacy and data
See 2.4 above. Anonymity will be kept.
8.1 Will the results of the study be offered to those participants or other affected
parties who wish to receive them? If so, what steps have been taken to minimise
any discomfort or misrepresentation that may result at the dissemination level?
Through college channels only.
Any significant change in the question, design or conduct over the course of
research should result in a review of research ethics with your supervisor. A new
checklist with all the required parts described above should be submitted.
Declaration: (sign for hard copy submission, type for online submission)
Student: Oluwashola Afusat Agunsoye. Date: 5/11/2018.
Supervisor: James Chapman. Date:
Programme Director: Date: