Towards defining the Christian development organisation

HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies

Field Value
Title Towards defining the Christian development organisation
Creator Hancox, Deborah M.
Subject Theology and Development; Missiology; Practical Theology; Religion and Development; Development Christian development organisation; faith-based organisation; Religion and development; Theology and development; Mission
Description Around the world, there exist many organisations who claim a Christian motivation and whose work falls within the scope of the development sector. These organisations are distinctly different from local congregations, and whilst development as a field of theological study is becoming increasingly well-defined and established, there has been limited theological research and reflection on these organisations. Much about them remains unstudied and unclear, raising questions about their purpose, legitimacy and theological contribution. This in turn hampers a responsive and responsible engagement with them within the academy. Contributing to this oversight is the absence of an appropriate, commonly shared name and definition around which research and discourse can occur. This article reviews names and definitions currently being used and then proposes the name ‘Christian developmental organisation’ (CDO). It provides a rich definition, considering the CDO’s organisational, societal, purpose, activity and faith dimensions. In addition, the history dimension brings an understanding of the origins and formation of the CDO whilst the relationship dimension positions the CDO within a web of relational dynamics. It is hoped that the name and definition offered in this article will promote research and engagement with the CDO as well as aid their self-understanding.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor NRF
Date 2019-11-26
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Literary Analysis
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hts.v75i4.5514
Source HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 75, No 4 (2019); 10 pages 2072-8050 0259-9422
Language eng
Coverage N/a N/a N/a
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Deborah M. Hancox