Original Research - Special Collection: Faith-based action and urban regeneration

A praxis-based approach to theological training in Cape Town

Selena D. Headley
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 3 | a5064 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i3.5064 | © 2018 Selena Diane Headley | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 May 2018 | Published: 05 September 2018

About the author(s)

Selena D. Headley, Cornerstone Institute, Cape Town, South Africa; Centre for Contextual Ministry, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa; and, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa


A training programme that employs the use of the pastoral cycle, leading practitioners into a praxis-based approach towards urban transformation, may be shifting the focus of some faith-based practitioners, sparking change in communities. In 2016, a diverse group of individuals engaged in a 10-month leadership training programme centred around the pedagogical framework of the praxis cycle as a method of engagement in their diverse contexts across the city. This article will consider the ways in which the introduction of a praxis-based approach led participants on a journey of self-reflection, social analysis, prophetic imagination and planning for social transformation. Consideration will be given to the ways in which the shared journey through the praxis cycle influenced the practical knowledge and actions of the participants. This article will explore the employment of a praxis-based approach to theological training among a group of faith-based practitioners in Cape Town.


Community; Pedagogy; Praxis-based Approach; Theological Education; Urban


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