Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

’n Evaluering van drie interkulturele gemeenskapsprojekte

Johannes Ries, H. Jurgens Hendriks
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 2 | a1250 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i2.1250 | © 2013 Johannes Ries, H. Jurgens Hendriks | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 March 2012 | Published: 18 February 2013

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Johannes Ries, Department Practical Theology and Missiology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
H. Jurgens Hendriks, Department Practical Theology and Missiology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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An evaluation of three intercultural community projects. An intercultural framework for servanthood was explored in three Christian community projects. The framework consists of six basic principles, as defined by Duane Elmer, namely openness, acceptance, trust, learning, understanding and serving. This framework is brought into conversation with Miroslav Volf ’s metaphor of an embrace. In all of this koinonia and diaconia play a pivotal role – especially in the relationship between the two modi. With this hermeneutical framework as point of departure, an empirical study was undertaken to discern the processes and structures within intercultural Christian community projects; and to evaluate the transformation in relationships and the sustainability of the development projects.


service; culture; intercultural; social transformation; community project


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