Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Die assimilasie van lidmate in die plaaslike geloofsgemeenskap

Enrich F. Basson
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 66, No 2 | a827 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v66i2.827 | © 2010 Enrich F. Basson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 April 2010 | Published: 13 September 2010

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Enrich F. Basson, Department of Practical Theology University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

The assimilation of church members into the local faith community
In this article, the assimilation of members into the faith community is discussed. When a church has found its identity in being a ‘missional faith community’, the outcome is growth. Growth cannot take place if the church is unable to assimilate new members into church life. People are only assimilated into the faith community when they are interconnected through relationships, and experience a fundamental sense of belonging. This article discusses aspects of membership assimilation, namely intention, active participation, and culture. A model is proposed whereby leaders can evaluate the functional worth of people for the faith community at any level of assimilation. This model can also assist leaders in creating processes to assimilate members more effectively.

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membership; assimilation; growth; integration; participation; culture; values

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