Original Research - Special Collection: Gender Justice and Health and Human Development

Exploring Uniting Reformed Church of South Africa African pastors’ well-being, calling and healing: An interactive qualitative analysis

Elizabeth C. Rudolph, Christina Landman
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5539 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5539 | © 2019 Elizabeth C. Rudolph, Christina Landman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 May 2019 | Published: 11 December 2019

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Elizabeth C. Rudolph, Department of Human Resource Management, College of Economic and Management Science, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Christina Landman, Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

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The caregiving focus of churches is on congregational members and communities, and often the well-being of the pastor is neglected. Emanating from the medical health model, the focus of caregiving in the past was on ill-being. Positive psychology introduces another focus in caregiving, which is well-being. This article reports that three primary drivers emerged during an interactive qualitative analysis (IQA) focus group activity with four African pastors from the Uniting Reformed Church of South Africa (URCSA). These drivers are the calling of the pastor, servant leadership and pastoral reflection. The first aim of this article is to describe the driving factors that were identified by the focus group as important in terms of their well-being in the ministry. The second aim is to describe how the construct ‘Calling’ has contributed to an identity of discipleship over and above diaconal healing for pastors.


well-being; calling; healing; interactive qualitative analysis; discipleship; diaconal healing


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