n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Ministerial formation praxis in the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa : in search of inclusion and authenticity

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The policy and practice of ministerial formation in the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) since its formation in 1994 is analysed by means of a 'praxis matrix'. The focus is on questions of agency (who?), curriculum (what?) and spirituality (how?). In an attempt to overcome a legacy of paternalism, ethnic division, exclusion, and the reduction of ministerial formation to academic theology, the URCSA concentrates on ways to achieve greater unity, inclusion and equality. Its aim to achieve integration between academic insights, ministry skills and character development requires a curriculum that nurtures bi- or multilingual competence within an inclusive African spirituality.

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