Praktiese ekklesiologie – Kerkwees in die 21ste eeu

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AOSIS, Dec 31, 2016 - Religion - 252 pages
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†The book proposes a radical transformation of existing church and training models in South African Reformed ecclesial circles. It takes the theological discussion, especially in ecclesiology, to the next level and argues for new ways to express belief in ecclesial practice. The book provides a provocative strategic vision which takes the ecclesial challenges of the twenty-first century seriously. The book will benefit not only theologians in the academy but also church leaders. Firstly, a situational analysis which focuses on the circumstances and social standing of mainstream churches in the twenty-first century, is done. Current difficulties and obstacles are identified. These can be contributed mainly to the secularisation and post-Christian tendencies of the era subsequent to the two world wars. Secondly, the responsible renewal of and much needed amendments to the structures of South African Protestant faith communities in a postmodern, postliberal, postcolonial context are proposed. The authority of scripture and the creeds of these churches are foundational for sensible renewal. The book dialogues with the relevant existing literature as it develops its ‘missional’ approach to being church in the world today. The investigation is thorough, the argumentation sound and the book makes an original and thought-provoking contribution to the field. The contribution includes biblical perspectives on ecclesial communities, a historical overview of the growth and decline of mainstream churches, insights with regard to the available empirical data, and strategies for the future. The work attests to sound methodology and a strong theoretical foundation. Literature from various parts of the world is utilised, which provides both breadth and depth to the work. The author displays an impressive ability to integrate findings from various fields and disciplines.

 

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†Wim Dreyer is dosent in Historiese Teologie aan die Fakulteit Teologie (Universiteit van Pretoria) en as Hardenberg Fellow verbonde aan die Johannes ŗ Lasco Instituut (Emden, Duitsland). Hy het doktorale studies in Praktiese Teologie asook Kerkgeskiedenis en Kerkreg voltooi. Die sentrale tema van sy navorsing is die kerk, wat hy vanuit historiese, sistematiese, missionale en praktiese perspektiewe belig. In sy nuutste publikasie,

‘Praktiese ekklesiologie – Kerkwees in die 21ste eeu’ word die kerk vanuit verskillende perspektiewe belig. Hy het reeds meer as dertig wetenskaplike artikels gepubliseer. Wim Dreyer is in 1983 as predikant van die Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (NHKA) gelegitimeer. Van 1983 tot 2005 dien hy in verskeie Hervormde gemeentes (Magaliesmoot, Vliegepoort, Balfour en Horison). Van 1996 tot 2001 is hy redakteur van Die Hervormer, amptelike mondstuk van die NHKA en van 2005 tot 2010 is

hy as sekretaris verantwoordelik vir sendingwerk en ekumeniese skakeling van die NHKA. Hy is sedert 2010 as kerklike dosent aan die Universiteit van Pretoria verbonde. Sedert 2001 dien hy op die Moderatuur van die NHKA, tans as voorsitter. Willem Akkerhuys Dreyer is in 1958 in Pretoria gebore. Sy vader is die bekende filosoof en teoloog, prof. P.S. (Piet Dreyer). Wim en Gerda is in 1980 getroud en hulle het vier seuns. Twee van hulle is ook predikante in die Hervormde Kerk.

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