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The role of a missional social entrepreneurial church in a township community

Semape J. Manyaka-Boshielo
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 1 | a4932 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i1.4932 | © 2018 Semape J. Manyaka-Boshielo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 February 2018 | Published: 13 September 2018


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Abstract

This article explores the role of a missional social entrepreneurial church in the community. This kind of church exists in the community to be the light and the salt as stated in Matthew 5:13, 14, which says, ‘you are the salt of the earth …’ and ‘you are the light of the world …’ These two metaphors might teach us more about the role of the church in all communities. The missional social entrepreneurial church has to play a role in bringing a holistic transformation in the world. Holistic transformation should affect the human spirit, mind, and emotional, physical, social, political and economic spheres as the word ‘holistic’ suggests. The church should influence the community in a comprehensive way. The author is convinced that if the church can play its role, then a holistic transformation is truly possible.

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Community transformation; social entrepreneurship; Nellmapius Township; empowerment; practical theology; social entrepreneurial church

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