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HTS Theological Studies

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DAMES, Gordon E.. The dilemma of traditional and 21st century pastoral ministry: ministering to families and communities faced with socio-economic pathologies. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2010, vol.66, n.2, pp. 1-7. ISSN 0259-9422.

A holistic pastoral methodology is sought in transforming the socio-economic and systemic pathologies of poor families and local communities. Missional pastoral ministry is proposed from a critical hermeneutical and contextual perspective for the empowerment and liberation of people living with complex and multiple forms of pathologies. A transversal rationality model is applied merging the complexity and divergence of cross-disciplinary and intradisciplinary approaches between missional theology, practical theology, contextual theology, religious pedagogy and ethics. Practical theology in South Africa should be applied from and within the contemporary socio-economic, systemic and ecclesiological pathologies.

Keywords : missional pastoral ministry; socio-economic and systemic pathologies; maintenance ecclesiologies; transversal hermeneutics; poverty-stricken families and communities; liberation and empowerment.

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