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Holistic ministry approach to migration: Towards a practical theological and integrated ecclesiological model

Vhumani Magezi, Christopher Magezi
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 56, No 1 | a2770 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v56i1.2770 | © 2022 Vhumani Magezi, Christopher Magezi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 May 2021 | Published: 25 February 2022

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Vhumani Magezi, Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
Christopher Magezi, Unit for Reformational Theology and the Development of the South African Society, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Mafikeng, South Africa


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Abstract

The design of church migrant ministries remains suppressed by the limitation of churches that include limited resources and ability to conceptualise ministerial designs. The situation is compounded by compassion global fatigue. Thus, as a holistic ministry, approach, the application and practice of a migrant ministry remain a conceptual challenge despite the Christian position that integrating word and deed is the most appropriate Christian ministry approach. To contribute towards conceptualising the design of a holistic ministry by using migrant practical ministry, this article proposes a public, practical theology and operative ecclesiological model. The proposed model or approach is called a public operative ecclesiological model (POEM), which entails churches understanding their public practical theological position and responsive role within their communities and social settings.

Contribution: The model advocates and leverages church resources to respond to people’s needs by ensuring that a church practically contributes to public issues such as migration.


Keywords

migrant ministry; migrant public operative ecclesiological model; holistic ministry; holistic ministry and practical theology; church migrant ministry; church practical ministry

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