Congregational analysis revisited : empirical approaches

Show simple item record Nel, Malan 2010-02-08T10:09:34Z 2010-02-08T10:09:34Z 2009
dc.description.abstract The research problem of concern here is: What criteria should be used when congregations are analysed? Congregations as faith communities are defined variously. Discerning the local congregation as a defined and as an empirical subject plays a major role in answering the research question. The theological points of departure are that any measure of a local congregation has to deal with issues like faithfulness to the gospel and the missional identity and integrity of the congregation as a contextual faith community. The hypothesis is that, when theologically informed and motivated, congregations can and should be analysed in the process of continuing reformation. This article describes a number of approaches to and outcomes of empirical research related to congregational analysis. Follow-up research to be submitted for publication will deal with the missional identity, the ministerial role-fulfilment of the congregation, and a proposal to analyse these in a way that is theologically faithful and contextually relevant. en
dc.identifier.citation Nel, M., 2009, ‘Congregational analysis revisited: Empirical approaches’, HTS Teologiese/Theological Studies 65(1), Art. #187, 13 pages. DOI: 10.4102/hts.v65i1.187. en
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v65i1.187
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en
dc.rights © 2009. The Authors. Licensee: OpenJournals Publishing. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en
dc.subject Congregational analysis en
dc.subject Faith communities en
dc.subject.lcsh Reformation en
dc.subject.lcsh Worship en
dc.subject.lcsh Empirical theology en
dc.subject.lcsh Church work en
dc.subject.lcsh Clergy en
dc.subject.lcsh Congregationalism en
dc.subject.lcsh Religious gatherings -- Research en
dc.subject.lcsh Mission of the church en
dc.title Congregational analysis revisited : empirical approaches en
dc.type Article en

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