Original Research - Special Collection: Applied subjects - Practical Theology and Science of Religion

Gesinsbediening in ’n postmoderne kerk: Modelle en metodes

Jacobus M. (Thinus) van Staden
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 1 | a2783 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i1.2783 | © 2014 Jacobus M. (Thinus) van Staden | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 July 2014 | Published: 20 November 2014

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Jacobus M. (Thinus) van Staden, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Family ministry in a postmodern church. The aim of the article is to reflect on the necessity for family ministry in the church today, and to explore different models and methods for doing it. This article must be understood against the backdrop of the challenges facing mainline churches, of which the decline in numbers, the lack of support for programmes and initiatives on behalf of families, and the apparent inability to minister effectively to young people, are the most pressing. Since the early church there has been a close relationship between church and home. Not only did rituals and liturgies spill from the gathered congregation into homes; metaphors from family life also provided images and language to the early church. In the last few decades there has been a rekindled interest in the home as the primary incubator for faith formation. Several books, articles, organisations, programs, consultants and churches have described their approach as ‘family ministry’. From a practical-theological viewpoint, there must be a set of criteria by which these approaches could be evaluated. This article aims to contribute in this regard, and to critique different approaches to family ministry.


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