The eleven institutions featured provided support and encouragement to all the professors and students who participated in the research. This was a significant contribution as all who were involved took on the ALS responsibilities in addition to their jobs and studies. The flexibility on the part of the institutions and their willingness to provide their staff and students the freedom to do the ALS work facilitated the strategic data gathering. It also provided space needed for the continued and ongoing collaborative efforts of all participants that are a key component of the study.
They were also willing to lend their backing and their reputation to the research. Because each institution held a place of respect in the eyes of those who participated in answering the initial survey, we were able to gather sound and representative data.
It is the prayer of the ALS Team that what we learned together can be a resource for strengthening and building each institution. May the network that grew as the ALS Team worked together also serve to draw the institutions closer and enable them to collaborate in their common purpose of providing leaders equipped to serve the needs of the African church and communities.