Since the 1970s along with the resurgence in practical philosophy new possibilities opened
up in our understanding of the place for and purpose of practical theology. The repositioning
of practical theology as a fully worthy discipline was important to find its voice amongst
theological peer disciplines. Against this background, it was argued that the full measure of
what the discipline can contribute, especially outside of the ministry context, has not yet been
fully developed or practiced. Towards this end the presentation’s main contention was put
forward, in that it is vital for the practical theologian to take up a role of an inscribed facilitator.
It signifies a shift from practical theology to practical theologian and is exemplified by the
practice of a facilitative approach in, and to practical theology.
The article was in part
presented at the ‘Joint
Conference of academic
societies in the fields of
Religion and Theology’,
18–22 June 2012, in
This article is published in the
section Practical Theology
of the Society for Practical
Theology in South Africa.