Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Practical-theological facilitation as skilled helping

Elmo Pienaar
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 2 | a1997 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i2.1997 | © 2013 Elmo Pienaar | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 April 2013 | Published: 07 November 2013

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Elmo Pienaar, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


The article discussed the idea of skilled helping in relation to what has been put forward as practical theological facilitation. It has been argued that various helping relationships, amongst which the author refers to coaching, facilitation, and therapy has more in common than what differentiates them if epistemology is viewed as a unifying concept. As such the scope of practical theology in terms of the contexts and themes in which it might be involved is said to widen. The public dimension of the organisational context, more so than the congregational context, has been put forward as an important habitus of practical-theological facilitation. The organisational involvement of the practical-theological facilitator in terms of professional-vocational skilled helping takes on an actual role through facilitation and other helping modalities.


practical theology; practical-theological facilitation; facilitation; coaching, skilled helping; spirituality; narrative; social constructionism; postfoundationalism


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