For the Sake of the Church: a Protestant-Reformed Practical Theological Perspective from the Netherlands

Hans Schaeffer, Bram de Muynck, T.T.J. (Theo) Pleizier, Maarten Kater

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In this article practical theologians from three Dutch Protestant institutions reflect on developments in the field. Their institutions started as ministry training centers and still have a strong focus on ecclesial practices. This focus has been reinforced by international trends in Practical Theology, mainly by a gradual shift towards an empirical way of working, with an emphasis on participative methods and ethnography. However, the field in the Netherlands continues to have a strong connection with church history and systematic theology. The authors discern three themes that characterize their institutes’ contribution to the international conversation on PT: the divine action within the practices, God’s promises in the context of his covenant, and a realistic view of brokenness, sin, and failure.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)114-135
Aantal pagina's22
TijdschriftInternational Journal of Practical Theology
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - 2 jun. 2023

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