Original Research - Special Collection: T.F.J. Dreyer Dedication

A church with character and its social capital for projects amongst the poor

Hendrik J.C. Pieterse
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 3 | a1046 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i3.1046 | © 2011 Hendrik J.C. Pieterse | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 March 2011 | Published: 04 November 2011

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Hendrik J.C. Pieterse, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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In this article I present a theoretical framework for my argument that specific congregations which are renewed to address the current culture and context, according to the vision presented by Professor T.F.J. Dreyer, are competent to generate projects directed to the poor and humble as social capital. The problem addressed in the article, also phrased as the research question, is: what is the nature and diversity of care in the form of projects as social capital amongst the poor in renewed congregations as it emerges from the sermons on Matthew 25:31−46? The goal of the grounded theory analysis of sermons on this text in a research cycle of selective coding, collected from renewed congregations, will be the identification of projects, types of projects, and their properties. I discuss the idea of local theologies as a motivation of contextual religious action by the congregation in projects amongst the poor, provide a description of poverty in South Africa; show the role of religious faith communities in addressing poverty, followed by conceptualisation of social capital in projects of congregations, and lastly I give a description of two examples of projects thus far discovered in analysed sermons.


social capital; poor; religious faith communities


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