Recent Submissions

  • The utility of practical theology: mapping the domain, goals, strategies and criteria of practical theological research 

    Hermans, C.; Schoeman, W .J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2015)
    Historically practical theology entered the theological encyclopaedia as a discipline of 'crises' in the praxis which ministers, congregations and churches experienced in making the Christian tradition relevant in the life ...
  • Empirical research and congregational analysis: some methodological guidelines for the South African context 

    Nel, M.; Schoeman, W. J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2015)
    Empirical research is an inescapable part of responsible congregational analysis. The first question pertains to the value and contribution that empirical research has made to the process of congregational analysis. This ...
  • Survey research in practical theology and congregation studies 

    Hermans, C.; Schoeman, W. J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2015)
    Empirical research is understood as the search for knowledge-based empirical data. The best-known data-based research strategy is survey research. In practical theology, survey research is probably one of the most used ...
  • Identity and community in South African congregations 

    Schoeman, W. J . (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2015)
    The religious identity of both worshippers and congregations is not static, due to a changing context. Do congregational members believe, belong and engage in the same way as they did previously, or is it possible to track ...
  • Reasons for the migration of church members from one congregation to another 

    Bredenkamp, I. M.; Schoeman, W. J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2015)
    This article aims to determine the reasons why members of one congregation migrate to another, and to identify factors that play a role in this process. These are determined by the nature and functioning of congregations. ...
  • Leadership in rural congregations and communities: an exploration in the North-Eastern Free State 

    Nel, P. C. J.; Schoeman, W. J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2015)
    Rural communities and congregations cannot simply be overlooked. Communities in the north-eastern Free State are typical rural towns with a strong emphasis on agricultural activities and less emphasis in terms of processing ...
  • An exploration of the use of technology by congregations 

    Joubert, S.; Schoeman, W. J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2015)
    The internet, cell phones and, more broadly speaking, the social media, have changed the world over the past twenty years, resulting in what is called "the network society". What is the response of South African congregations ...
  • Practice-oriented research in service of designing interventions 

    Hermans, C.; Schoeman, W. J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2015)
    The strength of the practice-oriented research strategy is to develop knowledge about the improvement of practices. Practice oriented research is research in which the research goal is coming from the professional practice ...
  • Exploring the practical theological study of congregations 

    Schoeman, W. J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2015)
    The first congregation was formed in Jerusalem, giving rise to faith communities throughout the New Testament. In the ensuing two millennia, congregations are found worldwide. The aim of this article is to describe ...
  • An introduction to the exploration of congregations in South Africa: seeking significance 

    Schoeman, W. J. (Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, 2015)
    It is possible to ask questions and to do research about a wide variety of topics within the study field of practical theology. An important question would be about the relevance of these research questions and findings.What ...