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Gesinsbediening as gesinsverryking: Oor die waarde van

D. J. Louw
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 20, No 1 | a1170 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v20i1.1170 | © 1999 D. J. Louw | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 August 1999 | Published: 06 August 1999

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Abstract

The enrichment of the family in pastoral ministry: The value of a system approach in a pastoral diagnosis
Within the Reformed tradition, ministry to the family focused mainly on the personal faith of individual members. This was done by means of home visiting. This article proposes a model which attempts to assess the undergirding components and structures which influence intimacy within the family system. A systems model is developed within a hermeneutical understanding of family care. Such a model helps parents to gain insight in the underlying positions of family members. This influences personal identity and developmental issues. In the enrichment of the family, the model is geared towards helping members to shift their position in order to change the underlying dynamics. A theology for family ministry is developed which can be applied in the assessment of the quality of the interaction of members.

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