Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)



First Advisor

Jamale Kempt, DMin

Second Advisor

Lolita Gilmore, DMin


This dissertation explores the complex relationship between the marketplace and Church in Ghana, seeking to identify collaborative strategies that lead to sustainable socio-economic development. The study aims to unravel the complexities of this relationship and identify effective strategies that can foster sustainable growth and development within the Ghanaian context. At the core of this research is an in-depth historical analysis, tracing the evolution of the Churches' role in the Ghanaian economy from colonial times to the present day. This historical perspective provides a critical backdrop for understanding current dynamics and trends. The study employs a multifaceted approach, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, to examine the direct and indirect economic activities initiated or influenced by religious institutions. These activities range from microfinance and vocational training initiatives to entrepreneurial ventures, highlighting the church's substantial impact on various economic sectors.

Furthermore, this dissertation explores the cultural and social influences exerted by the church on economic behaviors and attitudes, assessing how religious teachings and values shape business ethics, work ethics, and community involvement in the marketplace. This exploration includes a critical analysis of public-private partnerships involving churches, the government, and the private sector, underscoring the potential challenges of such collaborations in promoting holistic development.

According to my research, the church has the power to affect our economy by leading its congregation to the marketplace to make a tremendous difference in business decision-making, wealth-building, and discipleship. The complex relationship between these two spheres has sparked academic interest and necessitates a comprehensive examination to uncover collaborative strategies for socio-economic development. This dissertation seeks to explore this nexus, aiming to elucidate the synergy between the marketplace and the church in Ghana and propose strategic interventions to enhance socio-economic development.