Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Practical theology as embodiment of Christopraxis-servant leadership in Africa

Gordon E. Dames
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 2 | a4364 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i2.4364 | © 2017 Gordon E. Dames | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 November 2016 | Published: 27 October 2017

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Gordon E. Dames, Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, South Africa

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This article proceeds from the aim to revitalise the value of a service ethic for human well-being and the common good of all. The service delivery crisis in South Africa and Africa forms the context. A contemporary example of an embodied practical theology of service is offered, followed by a theological and social analysis of service delivery in South Africa. A theoretical service ethic framework with special reference to practical theology as a living Christopraxis is discussed. Finally, the value of diaconology as a science of service is presented, followed by the conclusion.


practical theology; love; service ethic; diaconia; Christopraxis; missional; service delivery; Marikana


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