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An African hermeneutic reading of Luke 9:18–22 in relation to conflict and leadership in pastoral ministry: The Cameroonian context

Mbengu D. Nyiawung, Ernest van Eck
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1201 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1201 | © 2013 Mbengu D. Nyiawung, Ernest van Eck | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 November 2011 | Published: 04 March 2013

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Mbengu D. Nyiawung, Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Ernest van Eck, Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The practice of ministry is an intricate issue which involves the combination of individual efforts from diverse backgrounds. This diversity has been a breeding ground for conflict between the clergy and all the stakeholders involved in parish administration. This article attempted to highlight some of these conflicts, using the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon as a case study. The approach employed is an African hermeneutic reading of Luke 9:18–22 in which the clergy’s leadership has been likened to that of Jesus. The presence of many distracting agents did not perturb Jesus’ ministry instead, he remained focused. Conclusively, it is observed that the clergy often face conflict within the ministry because they ignore the fact that (1) they are expected to know their mission better than anyone else; (2) the diverse backgrounds of their followers are potential causes of conflict; and (3) there are several distracting agents within the ministry. In short, Jesus’ model of conflict management is recommended to the clergy for an effective pastoral ministry.

Keywords

Social-scientific criticism; leadership; Presbyterian Church in Cameroon; conflict; African hermeneutic approach

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HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies  vol: 69  issue: 1  year: 2013  
doi: 10.4102/hts.v69i1.2011