Original Research - Practical Theology

’n Waardering vir die positiewe! Waarderende betrokkenheid as ‘n gemeentelike- en pastorale lens

Kobus Schoeman, Jan Albert van den Berg
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 2 | a887 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i2.887 | © 2011 Kobus Schoeman, Jan Albert van den Berg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 June 2010 | Published: 07 March 2011

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Kobus Schoeman, University of the Free State, South Africa
Jan Albert van den Berg, University of the Free State, South Africa


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Abstract

An appreciation for the positive! Appreciative engagement as congregational process and congregational- and pastoral lens
The traditional approach of only solving what is wrong is challenged by newer perspectives emphasising the meaning of an appreciation for the positive. The possible meaning of this alternative perspective for the development of a relevant positive practical theology was explored in investigating the possible meaning of the methodology of appreciative inquiry. The benefit of this model, for congregational studies and pastoral ministry amongst others, was investigated, described and illustrated with a case study. After a critical evaluation of the methodology of appreciative inquiry, suggestions for the development of a relevant positive practical theology, incorporating an appreciation for the positive in an appreciative engagement were mapped.

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Practical Theology; Appreciative Inquiry; positive; congregational studies; pastoral care

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