Author Archives: Ryk van Velden

Bicultural groups as bridges to communities


Lack of understanding, suspicion and divisions between people and communities are real. In our society there are diversity and cultural differences which cause people to live alongside each other without actually making real contact. This often happens regardless of the … Continue reading

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Intercultural Ministry: Some Biblical passages for group reflection and discussion


God’s heart for all people and nations directs the church to minister to people of all cultures Read and listen to the Word:   Gen 12:1-3;  Rev. 7:9-10 I listen and hear the Word:   I listen to your understanding of … Continue reading

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Leadership in a multicultural congregation: Rev. R. Potgieter


Rev. Rene Potgieter from delivered a paper on leadership in multicultural congregations at a conference on multicultural congregations in the Cape Provinces earlier this year. What follows is a shortened version of her paper. A typical definition of leadership suggests leaders … Continue reading

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Guidelines from social science theory and research in being and becoming community: Prof. C. Groenewald and Dr. F. Kotze


During a conference on multicultural congregations in South Africa, Prof. Groenewald and Dr. Kotze highlighted the importance to manage power issues in intercultural ministries. Here is a summary of their paper. Prof. Groenewald and Dr. Kotze emhasised the importance to … Continue reading

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Die waarde van uitreikspanne vir sendelinge


n Tydjie gelede word ek gevra om sonder n lang tyd vir nadenke  net twee kort paragrawe te skryf oor die waarde van uitreikspanne vir sendelinge.   Hier volg my twee paragrawe.  Wat sou jy skryf? Die plaaslike bevolking het gewoonlik geen benul van … Continue reading

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The challenge of liturgy in multicultural congregations


The liturgy which is followed during multicultural services of worship or other gatherings of multicultural fellowship, can make or break the intercultural ministry. Continues prayerful discussions, planning and monitoring of liturgy should therefore be high on the agenda of multicultural … Continue reading

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The use of language and habits to facilitate intercultural ministries in a congregation


Words are not neutral or convey only information. Words and language have creative power. Words influence people. It can harm people or build them up (Eph.4:29) and can change their attitude and behaviour. Words inform and “perform” when they are … Continue reading

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