Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Theological reflections on the ministerial challenges of the Dutch Reformed Church in Africa in the Orange Free State in post-apartheid South Africa

Khamadi J. Pali
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 2 | a4666 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i2.4666 | © 2017 Khamadi J. Pali | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 May 2017 | Published: 08 December 2017

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Khamadi J. Pali, Department of Practical and Missional Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa

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The Dutch Reformed Church in Africa (DRCA) is one of the Dutch Reformed family churches. It was established for the black Africans by the Dutch Reformed Church in the early 20th century. The contemporary situation in the DRCA is such that it is struggling with two issues: historical and contemporary ministry challenges. The challenges are growing at an alarming rate that soon the church may find itself in a crisis situation. This article uses the DRCA Orange Free State (OFS) as a case study. The research question is as follows: What is the theological reflection on the ministerial challenges of the DRCA OFS in the post-apartheid South Africa? The Practical Theological Interpretation theory of Osmer is used to analyse the situation in the DRCA OFS.


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