A congregational view on church and community development in South Africa: An empirical study

Theologia Viatorum

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Title A congregational view on church and community development in South Africa: An empirical study
Creator Nanthambwe, Patrick
Subject Practical Theology; theology and development church; church and community; development; community development; grassroot perspective; church-driven development; community transformation.
Description Community development is defined differently depending on the perspective of those defining it. There is a chasm between how academics define community development and how the general public views it. This results in some confusion, particularly regarding the role of churches in addressing community challenges. Fundamentally, community development is a human endeavor. Therefore, churches must have a clear understanding of community development in order for their participation in community transformation to be effective. This requires a comprehension of what community development is at the grassroots level. This article sheds light on the comprehension of community development at the grassroots level.This article will provide answers to two fundamental concerns. What is grassroots community development in the first place? Second, why is church participation in community development necessary?Two methods will be used to respond to the queries provided. This article utilises empirical data collected from Weltevreden Chapel Family Bible Church in Weltevreden Park and Christ Revival Centre Church in Lenasia, Johannesburg.The article compares the literature’s comprehension of community development to the grassroots perspective.Contribution: This article examines the literature and empirical data collected from two congregations in Johannesburg to better comprehend grassroots community development. The article will emphasise the significance of grasping what community development is so that churches can engage in the transformation of communities strategically.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2023-07-19
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/tv.v47i1.191
Source Theologia Viatorum; Vol 47, No 1 (2023); 13 pages 2664-2980 0378-4142
Language eng
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