Location of Repository

’n Narratief vir kerk-wees vandag

By J. Christo van der Merwe

Abstract

A narrative of church life today. We live in a time when survival seems to be the biggest concern of most mainline congregations and denominations. How can the church possibly survive? This is a question that is asked in almost every corner of the institution. Since the 1960s, numerous books and articles have been published, trying to get a handle on why the mainline churches are in decline. Whatever the cause may be, decline is causing great fear and anxiety in the mainline churches. In an effort to answer the underlying question: ‘What shall we do to turn the situation around?’, some churches are simply trying to ‘market’ themselves and their message. Others try to ’do’ church differently. Some try to rediscover the purpose of the church, et cetera. Cheryl Peterson argues that churches are, in fact, facing an ecclesial crisis, that is much more than a crisis of declining numbers and membership. There is a deeper and more basic issue that must be explored, one that has to do with the church’s theological identity, and that is: what it means to be church? This article is about the question: Who is the church? And it answers the question on the basis of Peterson’s thesis by means of a narrative of the church that commences with the Spirit

Topics: Identity crisis, membership loss, missio Dei, missional, discernment, narrative, paradigm, The Bible, BS1-2970, Practical Theology, BV1-5099
Publisher: AOSIS
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2699
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:047dee7ed12b4a9fbffbee62537fe1d3
Journal:
Download PDF:
Sorry, we are unable to provide the full text but you may find it at the following location(s):
  • https://doaj.org/toc/2072-8050 (external link)
  • https://doaj.org/toc/0259-9422 (external link)
  • http://www.hts.org.za/index.ph... (external link)
  • https://doaj.org/article/047de... (external link)
  • Suggested articles


    To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.