Document Type Master's Dissertation Author Lindani, Sibusiso Lordwell email@example.com URN etd-01082009-145023 Document Title An abuse of power by certain senior ministers in the congregations : a challenge to pastoral care Degree Master of Arts Department Practical Theology Supervisor
Advisor Name Title Prof M J S Masango Supervisor Keywords
- pastoral care
- spiritual power
- senior ministers
Date 2008-09-04 Availability unrestricted Abstract[This dissertation is] helpful because it does not only talks about abuse, which is a problem and trauma, it also brings a solution which is a healing for abusive ministers, the choice is left with abusive ministers, to remain in their abuse or go away with abuse and become good The purpose of this thesis is to research about the abuse of power by certain ministers in the congregations to the women members of the congregation, to the session, board of management, and by taking the money of the congregation without their concern.
The dissertation is not only highlight the above abuse, it also highlight the abuse of the entire congregation through coming late of the minister to the church services, This thesis is written in order to help ministers in the churches who are abusing their power to revisit their calling by God. It also helps those who are not abusing their powers not to fall in the same trap of abuse as their colleagues do.
Something written down is not easy to forget, because you can read as many times as you want in order to understand what it says. Life is not easy for ministers, life contains troubles, temptations, death, and diseases hence it is important to ask wisdom from God the source of spiritual power and love. This thesis will be very much pastors in the ministry. The bible version that will be used through out this thesis will be quoted from the new international version (NIV) This thesis also reveals tribalism as being used for wrong motives namely for supporting abuse of power by certain ministers who come from the same village, same tribe, same language and same culture.
ŠUniversity of Pretoria 2008
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