On-line version ISSN 2309-9089
VERSTER, P. A church with the poor -lessons from scripture and from congregations in informal settlements. Acta theol. [online]. 2012, vol.32, suppl.16, pp. 70-88. ISSN 2309-9089.
The church has an essential role to play in communities riddled with poverty, disease, and despair. Communities in informal-settlement areas suffer a great deal. Churches in these communities are often small and have few means for alleviating poverty. In the Bible, the community of God is a community of love. Although there are instances of retribution in the Old Testament, there are clear instances where the community of God experiences the implications of love for one's neighbour. In the New Testament, the essence of the church is to be the community of love. Congregations in Mangaung's informal settlements bring a message of hope by being the community of love in their area. The church can become the true messenger of God's hope in informal areas.
Keywords : Poor; Informal settlements; Scripture; Church.