Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

The practical theologian as decentred but influential facilitator

H. Elmo Pienaar, Julian C. Müller
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 68, No 2 | a1307 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i2.1307 | © 2012 H. Elmo Pienaar, Julian C. Müller | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2012 | Published: 05 December 2012

About the author(s)

H. Elmo Pienaar, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Julian C. Müller, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Since the 1970s along with the resurgence in practical philosophy new possibilities opened up in our understanding of the place for and purpose of practical theology. The repositioning of practical theology as a fully worthy discipline was important to find its voice amongst theological peer disciplines. Against this background, it was argued that the full measure of what the discipline can contribute, especially outside of the ministry context, has not yet been fully developed or practiced. Towards this end the presentation’s main contention was put forward, in that it is vital for the practical theologian to take up a role of an inscribed facilitator. It signifies a shift from practical theology to practical theologian and is exemplified by the practice of a facilitative approach in, and to practical theology.


Facilitation; storied practical theology; practical philosophy; narrative practice; postfoundationalism


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