The second DiacAfric Conference took place on 31 May 2016 – 1 June 2016 at the Padre Pio Retreat Centre in Elardus Park, Pretoria. The newly formed Task Team for Missional Diaconate in the Dutch Reformed Church hosted the conference in collaboration with Hugenote Kollege and the Council for Church Social Services of the Dutch Reformed Church. The focus of this conference was to discuss the missional transformation in the Dutch Reformed Church of Southern Africa as a new paradigm for the diaconate of the church.

In his opening address the chairperson of the Moderamen of the General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church, rev Nelis Janse van Rensburg, emphasized the role and function of the individual believer as well as the local congregation as servants in the Kingdom of God. He also underlined the necessity of professional social services as integral part of the church’s service to the world. (To read his full opening address click here)

Dr Lourens Bosman, the vice-chair of the Task Team for Missional Transformation of the Dutch Reformed Church, gave a brief overview of the development of a missional theology in the Dutch Reformed Church and explained some of the key concepts of this theology. Dr Willie van der Merwe, rector of Hugenote Kollege, then outlined a framework for the development of a missional diaconal praxis based on a missional theology. Mrs Nadia von Wielligh, the dean of the Programme for Social Reformation at Hugenote Kollege, indicated in her presentation ways and means to integrate professional social services into the diaconal praxis of the congregation.


Presentations Title

Dr Lourens Bosman

Missionale Transformasie Strategie

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Dr Willie van der Merwe

How do we understand Missional Diaconate

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Me Nadia von Wielligh

Gemeentepraktyke – Navorsing Terugvoering

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Me Nadia von Wielligh

Intergrasie – Gemeentelike Diakonaat en Kerklike Maatskaplike Dienslewering

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