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An analysis of conflict situations within the leadership and various structures of the Dutch Reformed Church in Africa, Orange Free State

Khamadi J. Pali
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 2 | a4972 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i2.4972 | © 2018 Khamadi J. Pali | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 March 2018 | Published: 05 December 2018


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Abstract

Conflict is inevitable within congregations and can contribute to their growth or decline, depending on how the leadership in a congregation handles a conflict. The Dutch Reformed Church in Africa, Orange Free State (DRCA OFS) has, for over a decade, experienced growing internal conflicts within its leadership in the various structures of the church. Some of these conflicts have culminated in physical violence and litigations. This article aims to analyse the emerging conflict situations within the leadership in the various structures of the DRCA OFS. The leading research question is: What are the dynamics of conflict situations of the leadership in the various structures of the DRCA OFS?

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church conflict; leadership conflict

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