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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

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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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