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HTS Theological Studies

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DREYER, Wim A.. Missional ecclesiology as basis for a new church order: A case study. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2013, vol.69, n.1, pp.01-05. ISSN 2072-8050.

In this contribution the author looks at the ecclesiology and church polity of the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (NHKA) as a case study. Different approaches to ecclesiology and church polity by different NHKA theologians are examined. The conclusion is reached that a paradigm shift is required, to assist the church in the process of transformation. Part of the transformation process, is the creation of a church order with a stronger missional orientation. It is argued that, in the context of the 21st century, the missio Dei paradigm and missional ecclesiology could be a suitable point of departure in the creation of a new church order for the NHKA.

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