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(Re)discovering a missional-incarnational ethos

Jacobus Kok, Cornelius J.P. Niemandt

HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 65, No 1 (2009), 7 pages. doi: 10.4102/hts.v65i1.274

Submitted: 30 May 2009
Published:  19 November 2009


In this article, a few of the elements and dynamics of social movements will be explored. It will be argued that the traditional institutional church is in a critical period in the cycle of movements, where the need for the (re)discovery of our missional-incarnational ethos and the theology of restoration might energise the church to (re)activate the dynamics of movements. The narrative of Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4 will be investigated as an example of Jesus’s missionalincarnational ethos and of the relation to a theology of restoration. Finally, some challenges for the church with regard to ecclesiology, spirituality and leadership will be proposed.

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Jacobus Kok, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Cornelius J.P. Niemandt, University of Pretoria, South Africa


ecclesiology; healing and restoration; organic movement; spirituality; transformational ethos social movement; socioreligious brokenness


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