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Missional ecclesiology as basis for a new church order: A case study

Wim A. Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1368 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1368 | © 2013 Wim A. Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 November 2012 | Published: 10 June 2013

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Wim A. Dreyer, Department Church History and Polity, University of Pretoria, South Africa


In this contribution the author looks at the ecclesiology and church polity of the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (NHKA) as a case study. Different approaches to ecclesiology and church polity by different NHKA theologians are examined. The conclusion is reached that a paradigm shift is required, to assist the church in the process of transformation. Part of the transformation process, is the creation of a church order with a stronger missional orientation. It is argued that, in the context of the 21st century, the missio Dei paradigm and missional ecclesiology could be a suitable point of departure in the creation of a new church order for the NHKA.


Presbyterial-synodal; missional; ecclesiology; church polity; church order; NHKA


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