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The role played by the church management and the court of law in legitimising the status of Lebowakgomo congregation

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dc.contributor.advisor Jafta, Lizo Doda, 1939- Phatudi, Jakobus Ramphelane en 2015-01-23T04:24:05Z 2015-01-23T04:24:05Z 1997-01 en
dc.identifier.citation Phatudi, Jakobus Ramphelane (1997) The role played by the church management and the court of law in legitimising the status of Lebowakgomo congregation, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
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dc.description.abstract Lebowakgomo congregation is situated in the Northern Province the growth point of former Lebowa Government The study was based on the understanding the procedures and processes which were followed when legitimising the congregational secession . Secession is an act to withdraw formally from a union, especially from a religious organisation. The secession of Lebowakgomo congregation from Lerato congregation took a decade before it was implemented. The secession was delayed by technical problems such as the expulsion of the minister, the death of an eider's son, the arrival of three ministers and various interpretations of the Church Order. The Process of secession was affected by the legacy of change within the community. That is, the idea of secession was introduced to the congregation by the minister in trying to curb congregation administration problems. This process could not take off because some of the congregants had not fully conceptualised the idea. The process of secession ended into conflicts of ideology and also in the interpretation of the Church Order of which lead to additional attitudinal developments within the management structures of the NGKA. The church council of Lebowakgomo also developed an attitude against the Synodical commission which lead to the involvement of the court of law as an arbitrator. The hypothesis tested in this thesis is: "Is Lebowakgomo congregation a legitimate congregation within the structures of the NGKA?" Lebowakgomo congregation is the first to challenge a decision made by the Synod. It is the first to demand its rights through the court of law. This was a drastic change with regard to the Church history of the NGKA. Thus, this study has traced the development of Lebowakgomo secession until it was legitimised by the court of law. The main thrust of this study was to provide academic reasoning to the following questions, Is secession legitimised after being approved by: - the Church council? - the Presbytery council? - after a secession ceremony was held? - after registration by the Synodical commission secretary? - after being published in the Church news paper? The positive ruling by the court of law in legitimising Lebowakgomo congregation within the structures of the NGKA, was noted in spite of dissatisfaction expressed by some church structures and church management. This clearly indicated that the role of church managers in a changing society is one in constant metamorphosis with regard to reconstructing and developing church organisation and management. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 103 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject.ddc 284.268293 en
dc.subject.lcsh Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk -- South Africa -- Government en
dc.subject.lcsh Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk -- Law and legislation en
dc.subject.lcsh Church management -- Law and legislation -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Ecclesiastical law -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk. Lebowakgomo Congregation en
dc.title The role played by the church management and the court of law in legitimising the status of Lebowakgomo congregation en
dc.type Dissertation
dc.description.department Church History Th. M. (Church History) en

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