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Becoming a missional church: The struggle of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa or Paris Evangelical Missionary Society in Meadowlands, Soweto

Leonard Tsdiso Kganyapa, Thias Selaelo Kgatla
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3777 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3777 | © 2016 Leonard Tsdiso Kganyapa, Thias Selaelo Kgatla | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 July 2016 | Published: 24 November 2016

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Leonard Tsdiso Kganyapa, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Thias Selaelo Kgatla, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

The existence of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) and Paris Evangelical Missionary Society (PEMS) in the western areas of Johannesburg, South Western Township (Soweto) and, more poignantly, Meadowlands and their forced removal experience are succinctly captured. The struggle of the LECSA and PEMS Meadowlands Parish in becoming a missional ecclesia in a sea of missional challenges in her context is vividly spelt out. They, inter alia, include constitutional matters, language policy, finances, ministerial preparation, lay-ministry development, institutionalisation of ministry, unity issues, prophetic ministry, mission and evangelism. The researcher, then, proposes an intervention – of course not a perfect one – that perhaps will galvanise the LECSA and PEMS Meadowlands Parish members to improve on what they have been doing and become a missional ecclesia in her context, Meadowlands.

Keywords

Apartheid; Ecclesia/Church; Forced Removals; Jubilee; Lay-Ministry; Missional; Positive Deconstruction; Struggle; Thuthuho (Coming of Age)

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