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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versão impressa ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.32 no.1 Pretoria  2011 



A structured approach to pastoral care and poverty



Johan Janse van RensburgI; Johann BreedII

IDepartment of Practical Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa
IILocal Government Consultant, South Africa





Although the plight of the poor and Christian benevolence is a topic often discussed in scientific and popular literature, the existing research is not nearly enough to address the many complicated issues surrounding the subject. Many reasons for this sad state of affairs may exist, one being the lack of the necessary skills to apply biblical and economic principles in order to make a marked difference. This article presented a biblical perspective on the caring of the poor and suggested a few contextual principles for pastoral counselling. Forces were joined with economic insights and the experience of Local Economic Development to empower the church to make a substantial difference to the plight of the poor. This approach could give structure to efforts that often achieve very little in terms of lasting results.



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Johan Janse van Rensburg
PO Box 339
Bloemfontein 9300
South Africa

Received: 10 Jan. 2011
Accepted: 14 Apr. 2011
Published: 13 July 2011

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