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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Steyn, Conrad Johan
Email dssteyn@worldonline.co.za
URN etd-06172005-094849
Document Title ‘n Literatuur teologiese ondersoek na die liturgie en die post-moderne senior kind / tiener (Afrikaans)
Degree MA (Theology)
Department Practical Theology
Advisor Name Title
Prof C J A Vos
Dr FJ Clasen Supervisor
  • die postmoderne tyd
  • the postmodern child/teenager
  • digital technology
  • die postmoderne kind/tiener
  • digitale tegnologie
  • postmodern reformation
  • postmoderne reformasie
  • kerk in moderne tyd
  • culture of the postmodern time
  • tegnologie in die postmoderne tyd
  • technology in postmodern times
  • kultuur van die postmoderne tyd
  • church in modern times
  • kerk transformasie
  • church transformation
  • the postmodern time
  • postmodernisme
  • postmodernism
  • Verbondskind in die kerk
  • the Covenant Child in the church
Date 2004-10-09
Availability unrestricted
The scrip involves a literature study to determine how the covenant child / teenager is accommodated in the Reformed church today versus his/her actual need. The question is posed: Is the covenant child accommodated in any way in our current format of church liturgy, or not?

Globalisation has made such an impact on the youth of today (postmodern youth or Mosaics) that digital technology has become their focus. Has the church adapted to this? The findings in this script show that the Reformed churches are losing particularly the youth because they have not adapted fast enough to this technology and to the cultural change that is evident in the postmodern child / teenager.

The study is not only about the child in the church, but what the child looks like (his / her postmodern attitude / lifestyle) that we want in the church service and what change we need to make to the liturgy of the Reformed church in order to accommodate them.

During this study it was also very evident that we need to change the way in which we spread the Word, and not the Word itself. The Truth remains the same – the culture, technology, attitudes, communication methods and intellectual and emotional needs change constantly. And the change is happening at such an alarming rate that we cannot ever think that we have reached the perfect solution. Before we have found the answer, it has changed. We therefore need to constantly re-look at our presentation style. This however does not excuse us from making changes. We need to change with the times and much faster than is currently the norm.

The study reveals that the Reformed church currently has a mono-perspective of the liturgy. What is needed is a multi-disciplinary approach when we worship God. It is not only about the child in the church, it is about the place of the church service in the child’s life amidst the enormous impact of culture and digital technology that they are faced with everyday. How can we attempt to be relevant if we still preach as we did 100 years ago?

Although the majority of the information that is available on this subject comes from America, the writer believes that it is very relevant to the Reformed churches in South Africa. Further study and research will be needed to determine the exact needs of the South African child / teenager and how to address this.

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