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Church planting in South Africa: The role of the Reformed Church Tshiawelo

Muthuphei A. Mutavhadsindi, Piet G.J. Meiring

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 35, No 1 (2014), 7 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v35i1.424

Submitted: 12 August 2010
Published:  14 January 2014


The Reformed Congregation of Tshiawelo, in Soweto, South Africa, has undergone a profound change over the past 20 years. It has developed from an ailing introverted church to a congregation that reached out to the wider community, increasing its membership dramatically in the process. In this article, the authors reported on a number of issues related to this transformation, including: the importance of partnerships in the process of renewal, the methodology used in the process of renewal, the need for church planting and the necessity for future planning.

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Muthuphei A. Mutavhadsindi, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Piet G.J. Meiring, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Church planting; leadership training; partnership; Reformed Church Tshiawelo; Soweto


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