Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Middelloopbaan-ontwikkeling deur spirituele lewenstylafrigting: Verkennende teoretiese perspektiewe

Madelein C. Fourie, Jan Albert van den Berg
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 2 | a1246 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i2.1246 | © 2013 Madelein C. Fourie, Jan Albert van den Berg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 March 2012 | Published: 27 February 2013

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Madelein C. Fourie, Department of Practical Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa
Jan Albert van den Berg, Department of Practical Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa


Middle-career development through spiritual lifestyle coaching: Preliminary theoretical perspectives. This study bases itself in the epistemological and methodological development of a broad and interdisciplinary dialogue where various voices in the form of different domains converse in order to establish an integrated whole. The research contributes to the actual corporative question regarding spirituality in the workplace, specifically aimed at the individual in the middle-career phase. This phase is characterised as a re-evaluation period aimed at personal and professional growth. A shift in emphasis to the meaning and sense of work is linked to spiritual intelligence as spirituality can be described and understood as a type of intelligence. The study shows that the middle-career experience provides opportunity for an altered future view. Lifestyle coaching serves as facilitating process and offers guidance in answering existential questions which are included in the spiritual. The probable outcome promises to add meaning as a manifesting component in a dynamic and transforming life strategy.


interdissiplinêre gesprek; ‘postfoundational’ praktiese teologie; middelloopbaanontwikkeling; spirituele intelligensie; lewenstylafrigting; interdisciplinary dialogue; postfoundational practical theology; middle-career development; spiritual intelligence


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