Chigemezi-Nnadozie Wogu, MTS

Chigemezi Wogu Chigemezi Wogu MTS

Research Associate, Institute of Adventist Studies
PhD Stud., Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Junior Researcher, Netherlands School of Advanced Studies in  Theology and Religion
Tel.: +49 (0) 3921 916 138
An der Ihle 5 A, D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Encyclopedia Research


Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists: Project researcher for the Inter-European and Euro-Asia Divisions (EUD and ESD). Planing, organizing, and conducting research related to the socio-cultural and historical aspects of Adventism in Western and Eastern Europe. Outlining, managing and coordinating research procedures . This invloves, writing, translation, editing and review of articles. Research logistics and administration of about 600 historical articles on topics related to countries in Western and Eastern Europe with a team of two regional editors and several authors.

Doctoral Research

"Seventh-day Adventism in Nigeria: Ecclesiological Praxis of a Prophetic Community"

With its exponential growth especially in the global south, Christianity has received lots of scholarly attention mainly dealing with its varying forms. One of such forms is Adventism in Africa, which has become a phenomenon in its own right. To understand this phenomenon, this research will focus on how Adventists in Nigeria construct their theologies by focusing on their ecclesial praxis. This is hoped to be achieved through a theological ethnographic method that will account for  concrete practices by taking “ecclesiology from below” as a point of departure.

Methodology

I will approach this from a framework of two theological purviews. On the one hand, beneath the growth of local theologies lie three principal roots: gospel, church and culture. Thus, to understand local theologies is to understand the dynamic interaction of these three.
On the other hand, theology is both explicit (official, academic) and implicit or espoused, lived/ ordinary. While explicit theologies can be seen in a church’s official beliefs, the lived ordinary theologies, which remain in the practices or activities of a confessional community, are mostly developed from “below.” This research seeks to reveal the ordinary theologies of a local Adventist community in relation to the explicit theology of the SDA Church. In the process, the dynamic interaction of gospel and SDA Church (and tradition) in a particular culture will be studied.
This will be achieved by using historical and sociological categories that focuses on concrete local practices of a particular Adventist community since practices are theological. This means that the empirical history of the development of global Adventism as well as its beliefs vis-à-vis local Adventism in a specific context will be analysed. Consequently this study will be socio-historical as well as theological.
To account for concrete practices engaged in an ecclesial community therefore, this research takes “ecclesiology from below” as a point of departure. This means accounting for the empirical as well as the theological. To be well grounded, the empirical research method of ethnography will be engaged. Hence, the methodology will be an intersection between the field of empirical research (ethnography) and the field of theology. The main method, therefore, is theological ethnography.

Table of Content (Provisional - to be Updated)

Part I
Chapter 1: Contemporary Trends in World Christianity
The trends in world Christianity cannot be overlooked. And because global Adventism mirrors such trends, this chapter will present world Adventism in that light. A brief history as well as the surprising growth statistics of Adventism will suffice. Since Adventism is growing more in Africa, this phenomenon will be given attention as well as the church’s mission and structure. If Adventism is growing in Africa, this chapter stresses the need to understand why it is appealing to many and at the same time becoming an alternate life style.
Chapter 2: On Research Methodology
Aside from outlining a research design and its rationale, this chapter will contain the theoretical and theological underpinnings of the theological ethnographic method. In addition, there will a brief discourse on the use of empirical research in theology. This will move to how theology can be empirically studied. Empirical-theological tools will be explored for understanding lived ecclesiological praxis/ecclesiology from below. This sets a scene for a well thought theological framework for the research.
Part II
Chapter 3: Research Setting
In a bid to understand the research setting in which this study is located, this chapter highlights the unique religious landscape of Nigeria comprising of Christianity, Islam and multiple indigenous religions. This phenomenon plays out well in Illishan-Remo where the ethnographic research will be undertaken. Then, an overview of the history and nature of Adventism (and organization of local churches) in Illishan-Remo will be presented using two or three Adventist Church profiles in the Illishan community.
Chapter 4: Research Findings—Ecclesiology in Practice
This chapter will explore and to a great extent analyse the personal experiences of the researcher during participant observation and interviews from a reflexive standpoint.  This will be combined with findings coming from content and documental analysis. This chapter therefore gives an insiders’ view of what indigenous ecclesiology looks like focusing on the praxis of prayers, Sabbath worship liturgy, Sabbath school and the sacraments.
Chapter 5: Culture, Church, Theology, and Praxis— A Theological Interpretation
Here, there will be a move from the participants to socio-theological levels of abstraction. It is aimed that this chapter will make interpretations of the research findings. Since this chapter is concerned with interpreting the livid theologies coming from the study, the intersection of Church, missionary traditions, local culture and praxis will inform the theology that will be presented here.

Chapter 6: Conclusion

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles:
2016: "Le salut des non Chrétiens en Afrique: Un point de vue Adventiste." Ministry (1er Trimestre):22-27. Download
2015a: “The Salvation of Non-Christians in Africa: An Adventist Perspective.” Ministry (September 2015):10-13. Download
2015b: “Internet Evangelism: An Effective Method for Soul-winning in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria.” AAMM 11 (2015): 149-170. (Co-authored with Philemon O. Amanze). Download
2012: “The Philosophy of Speaking in Tongues as a Manifestation of the Holy Spirit: Revisiting the Phenomena of Glossolalia in the Book of Acts.” Journal of Communication and Culture 3.3 (Dec. 2012): 12-17. Download
2011: “The First Becoming the Last: An Exegetical Study of Matthew 19:23-30.” Journal of Communication and Culture 2.3 (Dec. 2011): 75-81. (Co-authored with Umahi G. A.). Download

Presentations and Conference Papers:

"God-Talk as Trialogue: A Model for Theologizing with an Adventist Case Study." Presentation at Faculty of Theology, Friedensau Adventist University Germany, November 2015.

"Theological Ethnography as a Tool for Human Accountability?" Paper Presentation, European Theology Teachers' Convention (ETTC), Friedensau Adventist University, Germany, April 19-23, 2017.

"I Am Not A Prayer Warrior.” A Case Study of Prayer Praxis of Seventh-day Adventists in Nigeria." Paper Presentation, The Durham Conference on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, Durham University, UK,  September 12-14, 2017.

Book Reviews:
Wogu, Chigemezi Nnadozie. Review of The 3D Gospel: Ministry in Guilt, Shame, and Fear Culture, by Jayson Georges. Time Press, 2016. Ministry (July 2017).
Wogu, Chigemezi Nnadozie. Review of Theology without Borders: An Introduction to Global Conversations by William A. Dyrness and Oscar García-Johnson. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015. Ministry (January 2017). Read
Wogu, Chigemezi Nnadozie. Review of  Ethnographic Theology: An Inquiry into the Production of Theological Knowledge by Natalie Wigg-Stevenson. New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2014. Journal of Adventist Mission Studies (Forthcoming, 2017).

Popular:
2016: “3 Ways Ghanaian Adventists Are Sharing Jesus in Europe.” Adventist Review (August 25, 2016). Read 
2017: "Ghanaische Adventisten in Europa: Ein Beispiel für „Mission von überall nach überall“ oder „umgekehrte Mission.“/"Ghanaian Adventists in Europe: A Case of Mission from Everywhere to Everywhere or “Reverse Mission.”" Dialog (JUL/AUG/SEPT/ 2017). Read

Teaching and Learning Support

Teaching:
MTS 063 Theology and History of Adventist Mission, First Semester, 2016/2017 school year.
MTS 113 Inculturation, Second Semester, 2016/2017 school year.
MTS 130 Academic Research Methods, First Semester, 2016/2017 school year.
MTS 131 Academic Writing Skills, Second Semester, 2016/2017 school year.

Learning Support:
Assisting in the mentoring and development of student research skills
Transfer of knowledge in the form of practical skills, methods and techniques