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Practical Theology

Allan Anderson, Michael Bergunder, André Droogers and Cornelis van der Laan

in Studying Global Pentecostalism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266612
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947504 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520266612.003.0014
Practical Theology

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This chapter deals with practical theology. The discipline of practical theology is one that appears to be in constant redefinition in recent times, although there might at last be some consensus emerging. It was once regarded as the crown of theological study, placed toward the end of theological education for the ordained ministry. At this point in the process all the necessary “tips and hints” were added under the rubric pastoralia. In this context it was closely aligned with education for ministry and by extension church education in a broader sense. Thus would-be clergy learned how to preach, lead worship, conduct pastoral conversations with the insights of psychology, administer congregational education programs, and, of course, integrate spirituality into ministerial practice. But fundamentally with this model the minister applied theological knowledge from elsewhere (the Bible, systematic theology, church history, and philosophy) to the issue of church leadership with the aid of pastoralia

Keywords: practical theology; theological study; pastoralia; church education; ministerial practice

Chapter.  8457 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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