Original Research - Practical Theology

Pastoral care and healing in Africa: Towards an Adamic Christological practical theology imagination for pastoral healing

Vhumani Magezi, Christopher Magezi
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 2 | a3467 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i2.3467 | © 2016 Vhumani Magezi, Christopher Magezi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 2016 | Published: 18 November 2016

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Vhumani Magezi, Faculty of Humanities, School of Basic Sciences, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
Christopher Magezi, Faculty of Humanities, School of Basic Sciences, North-West University, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa


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Abstract

This article argues that the challenge and need for relevant ministry models is critical for effective Christian ministry and pastoral ministry as practical life ministry. It establishes an Adamic Christological model as a paradigm that provides a practical effective ministerial approach in Africa, particularly within the context of pastoral care and healing. This framework reveals Christ’s complete identification with African Christians in their contextual sufferings as the New Adam without compromising authentic gospel reality. In employing the Adamic Christological framework as the anchor for African pastoral and healing ministry, a model for African Christians’ daily response to their various contextual sufferings is constructed. This responsive model bridges the gap between the ascension of Christ and the interim period of Christianity by instituting God’s ongoing personal presence in believers’ suffering through the Holy Spirit (pneumatology) as an encouraging and comforting reality that should enable Christians to cope in their suffering. It is argued that this Adamic Christological framework provides a practical theological model that contributes to healing and hope in pastoral care through practical knowing that impacts and imparts meaning in life.

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Pastoral care and healing in Africa; Pastoral ministry in Africa; Adamic Christology practical theology; practical theological imagination; Christology and pastoral care &healing; African ministry; Christ’s identification and healing in suffering

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