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The theophostic prayer ministry (TPM) : an exploration of its practices and healing possibilities

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dc.contributor.advisor Kotze, D. J.
dc.contributor.advisor Theron, J. P. J. Crous, Jacobus Jooste 2010-01-20T09:14:55Z 2010-01-20T09:14:55Z 2009-06
dc.identifier.citation Crous, Jacobus Jooste (2009) The theophostic prayer ministry (TPM) : an exploration of its practices and healing possibilities, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract As TPM warrants greater attention in the field of practical theology, this thesis is about the further development of TPM, within Pastoral Theology as well as in its practices. This research explored if more healing possibilities may emerge when TPM is epistemologically positioned in social constructionism and has drawn attention to healing possibilities that narrative practices may open up for TPM. To achieve this, a process of social construction was followed where the narratives of participants' experiences of the practices of TPM were reflected upon. The participants related how and why the practices of TPM influenced the way they narrated their lives. According to their tales the main influencing factor was an authentic encounter with God, where they experienced that He had experientially entered into a conversation with them about the way they constructed their realities. By giving His perspective on their beliefs about memories from their past, He helped them to start processes of reconstructing new preferred life stories. The importance of the role of a faith community as well as that of significant others also became evident. An important contribution of this research is the emphasis that was put on the ‘not-knowing’ position of the facilitator. This is not an authentic TPM-term, but the way the facilitator's role is described, in the TPM guidelines, is similar to what is understood by that term in social constructionist therapy approaches. Throughout the research report I indicated the important role of this position in the helpfulness of TPM. It became clear through the narratives that when the facilitator's knowing entered the Theophostic process, the process was impeded. Closely related to this ‘not-knowing’ position, is the ethical accountability of TPM. I indicated how this position of the facilitator related to the participants' experiences of the facilitator not being judgemental and being respected for who (s)he is. In judging the authenticity of changes experienced by the recipients of TPM, I proposed a process of participatory ethics. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xviii, 439 p.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Theophostic prayer ministry en
dc.subject Social constructionism en
dc.subject Narrative therapy en
dc.subject Inner healing en
dc.subject Emotional healing en
dc.subject Mind renewal en
dc.subject Religious experience en
dc.subject Memory en
dc.subject Forgiveness en
dc.subject Participatory ethics en
dc.subject.ddc 234.131
dc.subject.lcsh Theophostic Ministries
dc.subject.lcsh Spiritual healing
dc.subject.lcsh Prayer -- Christianity
dc.title The theophostic prayer ministry (TPM) : an exploration of its practices and healing possibilities en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology Thesis (D.Th. (Pastoral Therapy)

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