Original Research - Special Collection: Urban Public Theology in South Africa

Living in the townships: An appraisal of Pentecostal social ministry in Tshwane

Victor Molobi
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 3 | a2791 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i3.2791 | © 2014 Victor Molobi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 July 2014 | Published: 20 November 2014

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Victor Molobi, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, South Africa


This article offers an appraisal of the social ministry of Pentecostal churches through fellowship, healing and livelihood creation in the township communities of the city of Tshwane. In meeting this aim the discussion advances a thesis of these churches as agents of social support and survival of the downcast. In particular, the article attempts to show how these churches exert themselves towards establishing not only moral responsibility, but also a context where the weakest and the least privileged can learn how to survive. The squatter camp people are unique with the special challenges requiring distinctive consideration. Pentecostal churches believe that the lost people matter to God and are of importance to their congregations as well. The backyard Bible study ministries and mutual cooperation strategies are employed for mutual support. Making use of the existing empirical research data and available literature will show how Pentecostal churches in the townships support the laity and community in times of need.


urbanism; township; Pentecostal; poverty; cell groups; squatter


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