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Party political chaplaincy? – Methodist ministry to political parties

Ndikho Mtshiselwa, Simphiwe S. Mthembu
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 1 | a4844 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i1.4844 | © 2018 Ndikho Mtshiselwa, Simphiwe S. Mthembu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 October 2017 | Published: 29 November 2018

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Ndikho Mtshiselwa, Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa
Simphiwe S. Mthembu, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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The debate on church and party politics is far from being exhausted in South Africa. Although the Methodist Church of Southern Africa discourages the participation of clergy persons in political parties, it is becoming critical that the church offers a prophetic voice in the political sphere. Issues of morality and spirituality within the political parties necessitate a careful involvement of the Church in politics. This article therefore sets out to offer a theological reflection on the (possible) ministry of Methodist clergy persons to political parties in South Africa.


Methodist Church of Southern Africa; ecclesiology; African National Congress; Church and state; ministry; chaplaincy


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