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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Netshitungulwana, Mbulungeni Elia
URN etd-06192009-151802
Document Title The traumatic impact imposed by African culture on young ministers
Degree MA(Theology)
Department Practical Theology
Advisor Name Title
Prof M S J Masango Supervisor
  • African culture
  • young ministers
  • pastoral care
Date 2009-04-18
Availability unrestricted

The rejection of young pastors by African culture with the old people is a serious problem and a challenge that are affecting Mulenzhe and other area within Vhembe district. The aim of this research is to equip young pastors who are experiencing this rejection by rejection by old people is to help young pastors in acquiring skills which helps them in overcoming this problem.

In this research a model which has been used is the one of the shepherding of flocks. This is the Gerkinís methodology which is on pastoral care of the flocks that belongs to God. The Word of God has been used to explore where the author wanted to show that God is the only one who call people to be a pastors out of His will. This research study explored the model of pastoral care which the affected young pastors have to be helped to receive healing after trauma councelling and guidance by pastoral care givers who are empowered through this research.

The research is done by exploring the following key questions:

  • Why do some married men have extramarital sexual relationships with young women, and when faced with problems, they would not allow young people who are ministers to counsel them?
  • Another problem facing young ministers is the secrecy issue, namely is it correct for a man to hide the fact that he is maintaining another child while being married?
  • What is the role of a pastoral care giver within that kind of a situation?
  • How can the attitude of adults refusing to be counseled by young ministers be changed?

Conclusion and recommendations

African culture is recognized to be a threat to young pastors in all its aspects. The young pastor is urged to acknowledge that African culture is a barrier to his/her duties.

© University of Pretoria 2009

Please cite as follows:

Netshitungulwana, ME 2009, The traumatic impact imposed by African culture on young ministers, MA(Theology) dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-06192009-151802/ >


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