Original Research - Special Collection: Change agency in a 21st-century South Africa

Township churches of Tshwane as potential change agents for local economic development: An empirical missiological study

Lukwikilu C. Mangayi
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 3 | a4964 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.4964 | © 2018 Lukwikilu Credo Mangayi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 March 2018 | Published: 08 August 2018

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Lukwikilu C. Mangayi, Department of Christian Spirituality Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa


This article contributes towards ascertaining the potential of township churches as change agents for local economic development (LED) in Tshwane. Five church leaders (i.e. two from Soshanguve and three from Hammanskraal) were engaged through personal interviews to gain insights from them about their churches’ praxes and mission orientations in relation to community building, including LED in Tshwane. Based on these personal interviews, it was established that these churches have assets as well as current ministries that could be stepping-stones for LED.


Township churches; Tshwane; Local economic development; Soshanguve; Hammanskraal


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