The study deals with the question about the involvement of congregations of the two traditional
Reformational churches in South Africa, namely the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) and the
Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa (NRCA) in their communities. The question posed Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa
is whether the love of God is kept for the benefit of the congregation or whether it is also for
the well-being of the community. The study comprises two parts, an introduction that deals
with the theory of mission and service to the community. The second part is an empirical
study where 12 projects were given as examples and congregations were asked about their
This article has been based
on a doctoral dissertation
at the University of
Pretoria with the title:
‘Die verband tussen
Prakties Teologiese studie’,
under the direction of Prof.
Dr Malan Nel as promotor.