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Reëling van die Gereformeerde predikant se diens – ’n arbeidsregtelike of ’n interne kerklike aangeleentheid?

J. Smit, A. le R. du Plooy
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 42, No 1 | a257 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v42i1.257 | © 2008 J. Smit, A. le R. du Plooy | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2008 | Published: 27 July 2008

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J. Smit, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa
A. le R. du Plooy, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, South Africa

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Abstract

Regulation of a Reformed minister’s office – a labour law or internal church matter?
In this article it is argued that Labour Law is not applicable on the relationship between a minister and a church council to the Reformed Churches in South Africa. The main focus of the argument is that Labour Law does not have the purpose to regulate a relationship based on an exegetic-dogmatically founded foundation. It is also argued that a minister in the Reformed Churches in South Africa cannot be considered an employee of the church council because of the calling he received from the Lord. The calling of a minister is the main indication that he is not an employee of the church council, but a servant of the Lord. Therefore it is also stated that the Church Order does not regulate the minister’s office on a contractual basis, but that the Church Order regulates the calling of a minister. Labour Law intents to regulate the labour aspect of a person’s life while the Church Order applies to a minister’s whole life.

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Church Order; Employee; Labour Law; Minister Of Religion

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