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Verbum et Ecclesia

versión On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versión impresa ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.30 no.2 Pretoria  2009 



Poverty and pastoral counselling: Design for an extensive research project



Johan Janse van Rensburg

Department of Practical Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa





Poverty is arguably the most common and devastating social disease in the world. It is not, however, only a social, political or economic problem. Knowing how to respond to the calling of caring for the poor is an incredible charge for the church. It is not only a matter of Christian charity but also a matter of pastoral care. Extensive research on such a phenomenon needs careful planning and precise execution. It was therefore decided to conduct participatory action research with informed researchers. It is hoped that the input of these informed participators will help the researcher to design a methodology that will be able to dig deeper than the surface of the problem and to uncover the most important driving forces and basic needs of poverty. This article serves as an introduction to a four-year research project on poverty, financially supported by a generous bursary from the National Research Fund.

Keywords: poverty; extensive research; planning; participatory action research; design



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This research is being done with a grant from the National Research Fund.



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Johan Janse van Rensburg
CM van der Heverstraat 13
Free State, 9330
South Africa

Received: 18 Mar. 2009
Accepted: 29 Sept. 2009
Published: 04 Nov. 2009

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