n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The theological task of benchmarking churches : a critique of methodologies for analysing congregations
|Article Title||The theological task of benchmarking churches : a critique of methodologies for analysing congregations|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Author||Volker Brecht and Johannes Reimer|
|Publication Date||Apr 2007|
|Pages||99 - 112|
|Keyword(s)||Benchmarking churches, Communicative Theology, Congregational consultation, Congregational development, Gemeindeberatung, Missional church and Natural Church Development (NCD)|
Creating contextually relevant churches requires a number of complementary methods. Congregational analysis is one important dimension of this task, but this dimension has not yet been adequately examined from a missiological point of view. Only by doing this can the pragmatic and ideological limits of congregational analysis be overcome. The theological shape of churches demands a theological basis. The framework for a theologically defined praxis of analysing and developing churches is provided by Communicative Theology (CT). A contextual approach offers a broad spectrum for the application of different methods in congregational counselling (Gemeindeberatung).
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