Original Research - Special Collection: Religious Innovation and Competition Amidst Urban Social Change

Responses to migration: Tensions and ambiguities of churches in Pretoria Central and Mamelodi East

Wayne Renkin
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4725 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4725 | © 2017 Wayne Renkin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 June 2017 | Published: 29 September 2017

About the author(s)

Wayne Renkin, Centre for Contextual Ministry, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Tshwane Leadership Foundation, South Africa


This article is a result of research being conducted to explore how churches in two regions of the City of Tshwane – Pretoria Central and Mamelodi East – respond to urban change and vulnerability. Both regions are deeply affected by urban migration patterns. Firstly, I will explore various forms of migration – transnational, rural-urban, urban–suburban and generational – and the causes of migration – social-economic and political – as experienced and described by the churches themselves. Secondly, I will seek to reflect on some of the tensions or ambiguities of how churches respond to migration, how the identity, self-understanding or locatedness of churches inform their responses to migration, and/or how churches and their identity are shaped by migration – commuter or local church, home or temporary church.


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