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OLWAGEN, J.M. and NEL, M.. The body-of-Christ-metaphor: Instrument for the effective execution of the missional commission. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.2, pp.327-348. ISSN 2305-0853.
Practice suggests that many AFM pastors are possibly so busy with numerous tasks and responsibilities that they are unable to effectively mobilise their assembly members to actively participate in voluntary acts of service (cf. Eph. 4:12). The consequence is that such assemblies are often unable to function effectively in the carrying out of the missional commission (according to Matt. 28:19). Pastors are unsuccessful in working more effectively through the mobilisation of their members as part-time voluntary workers in the carrying out of the missional commission, according to the advice Moses' father-in-law gave him (cf. Ex. 18). The mobilisation of members takes place through the empowering of members to discover and develop their gifts and allowing their involvement in voluntary acts of service. The emphasis of this article lies in what Hendriks (2004:11) calls "congregational theology". According to Hendriks (2004:25) congregational theology is a theology being practised by body-of-Christ-metaphor assemblies (cf. Eph. 4:11-16). The metaphor of assemblies choosing to function as the body-of-Christ where the importance of the voluntary acts of service of members is emphasised enjoys further development in this article.