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Die belangrikheid van besoeke aan nuwe intrekkers as deel van die werkprogram van die gemeentepredikant

P. J. van Zyl, T. F.J. Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 52, No 1 | a1493 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v52i1.1493 | © 1996 P. J. van Zyl, T. F.J. Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 December 1996 | Published: 12 December 1996

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P. J. van Zyl, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa
T. F.J. Dreyer, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The importance of visits to newcomers as part of the work programme of the parish minister In the current theological literature about parish-visiting, a gap is identified with regard to the importance of visiting newcomers in a congregation. With this in mind an empirical study was undertaken to evaluate the matter in actual practice. The starting point (hypothesis) of this study is: Visits to newcomers is a very important facet of any parish minister's work.  Such visits can help to establish a pastoral relationship between minister and member which is essential for the minister's pastoral and other work in the congregation. By means of an empirical study the above-mentioned hypothesis was tested and a preliminary theory with regard to the importance of visitation to newcomers was formulated. After  this theory has been tested against the directives of Scripture, a proposal is made for a new theory to underpin the practice within the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika.

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