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In die Skriflig

On-line version ISSN 2305-0853
Print version ISSN 1018-6441

In Skriflig (Online) vol.44 n.1 Pretoria Jan. 2010




Vorming van 'n man van God: Evaluering van internasionale debatte oor predikantsopleiding in die lig van perspektiewe uit 1 en 2 Timoteus


Moulding of a man of God: An evaluation of international debates on pastoral training in the light of perspectives from 1 and 2 Timothy



P.J. Buys

Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, POTCHEFSTROOM. E-pos:




Die afgelope 50 jaar word wêreldwyd breed en diep oor teologiese opleiding besin. Hierdie besinning is deur die volgende faktore gestimuleer: Aan die een kant is daar in ontwikkelende lande 'n ontploffende getallegroei van kerke. Aan die ander kant is daar in ontwikkelde lande kommerwekkende kwynende lidmaatgetale. Daar is ook kommer dat kerke weinig impak op transformasie van die samelewing het. Voorgangers slaag dikwels nie in hulle voorbeeld en bediening daarin om instrumente in God se hand te wees wat gelowiges toerus en inspireer om werklik getuies van Christus te wees nie. Hierdie verskynsels het gelei tot die vraag: Hoe kan en moet teologiese opleiding van kerklike voorgangers herstruktureer word ten einde kerke effektief geestelik en in getalle te laat groei? In hierdie verband is daar ernstige vrae gevra oor die godsvrug en persoonlike geloofslewe van predikante en teologiese studente. Hierdie artikel evalueer internasionale tendense en debatte in teologiese opleiding in die lig van beginsels en perspektiewe wat uit Paulus se briewe aan Timoteus afgelei kan word.

Kernbegrippe: indiensopleiding, karaktervorming, man van God, mentorskap, predikantsopleiding


During the past 50 years a wide variety of discussions, reflections and debates on theological education has been published. These debates and reflections were stimulated by the following factors: On the one hand there is an explosion of church growth in developing countries. On the other hand there is an alarming decline in church growth in developed countries. There is also deep concern about the lack of impact of churches on the transformation of communities. Church leaders are often not succeeding in stimulating and equipping believers to be effective witnesses in the world. These factors have given rise to the question: How should theological education be restructured to become a vital factor that leads to spiritual growth as well as growth in numbers of churches? Serious questions about the godliness and spirituality of church leaders, of pastors and seminary students are raised. This article evaluates international tendencies in the light of principles and perspectives from Paul's epistles to Timothy.

Key concepts: character formation, in service training, man of God, mentoring, training of pastors



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