Sustainability of Church Managed Projects: A Case of Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nairobi


The purpose of this study was to determine the sustainability of church managed projects with reference to Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC) in Nairobi. The study examined characteristics of KELC that influenced the sustainability of projects, components put in place to sustain church based projects, challenges facing KELC in sustainability of church based projects and solutions to the challenges facing KELC in sustaining church based projects.The sample size consisted of seventy one (n=71) KELC project staff members and 15 project beneficiary officials. The study used purposive and random sampling methods to sample the KELC staff members and project beneficiary officials. Data collection instruments included questionnaire and interview schedule. Questionnaire was used to collect data from KELC staff members while interview guide was used with beneficiary officials. The study used Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) to processing  data. Descriptive statistics such as frequencies and percentages were used to summarize the data. From the analysis, the study found that the key characteristic of KELC that influenced sustainability of projects were spiritual, relational and long term commitment to the membership. Other characteristics included services to the poorest and marginalized members of the community, networking with sister organizations and emphasis on the golden rule.The main components put in place by KELC in sustaining projects were maintaining good network systems with donors and authority and maintaining proper communication. Other components were proper project management processes, sound organization structure, sound leadership, involvement of skilled manpower and making use of project management systems software. The main challenges KELC faced in maintaining sustainability of projects included financial constraints, poor management, dependency on donors for financial and technical support, inadequate skilled manpower, poor monitoring and assessment of projects and lack of commitment from the community members. The key solutions suggested to these challenges were lobbying for financial support, training staff and project managers, adoption of proper management skills and strategies, provision for sufficient facilities and resources. Based on the findings, the study recommended the government, KELC, and beneficiary officials to work together to support project sustainability; KELC to liaise with various stakeholders to ensure sustainability of projects.


Abstract Info

Author: Osoro Mokua

Course / Degree: MBA

Institution: The Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Journal: Journal of Research Abstracts – JRA

Year: 2009



Osoro, M. (2009). Sustainability of Church Managed Projects: A Case of Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nairobi. Journal of Research Abstracts – JRA, Volume 3, 2009.


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