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Towards understanding theological positions informing migrant ministries

Vhumani Magezi, Christopher Magezi
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 41, No 1 | a2109 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v41i1.2109 | © 2020 Vhumani Magezi, Christopher Magezi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 April 2020 | Published: 26 October 2020

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Vhumani Magezi, Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Christopher Magezi, Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


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Abstract

Christian practical ministry should be driven by a thorough theological framework. Theological theory informs ministerial practices. To understand some theology driven (theologies driving) actions, it is imperative to conduct empirical studies to discern some grassroots theologies held by church leaders on the frontline of ministry. With migration as a challenge of our times that requires churches to intervene, the question that emerges is: what are the theological views and perspectives held by church leaders that drive migrants’ ministry? In answering this question, this article presents empirical findings of a study conducted in South Africa’s province of Gauteng. To locate the study within a South African context, the article devotes a substantial section on migration in South Africa. The findings revealed diversity in theological views and perspectives as well as limitations on critical biblical and theological understanding on migrant ministry as a holistic ministry. In their reflections, some church leaders showed superficial understanding of the Biblical texts, lacked contextual understanding of texts and their theology was not well thought out and integrated into the broader biblical and theological understanding.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The study integrates systematic theology, biblical texts and practical theology in discerning emerging theological views and perspectives amongst church leaders. The study contributes to gaining insight into underlying theologies that motivate migrant ministry interventions.


Keywords

migrant ministry theology; migrant church ministry; migration theology; migration theology in South Africa; pastors views on migration in South Africa; South Africa migration; migration and holistic mission in South Africa; church leaders and migration

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