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Pastors as gewonde genesers: Outobiografiese pastoraat as heelmiddel vir emosionele verwonding en verlamming by pastors

SP Nolte

Abstract


Pastors as wounded healers: Autobiographical pastorate as a way for pastors to achieve emotional wholeness In a previous article it was argued that pastors suffer from cognitive dissonance because of
the paradigm shift from modernity to postmodernity, and the emotional woundedness that frequently results from their struggles to come to terms with the new world in which they have to live and minister. This article refl ects on the way in which two further issues may exacerbate
emotional woundedness in pastors. The one is church tradition, as it is refl ected in several formularies used during church services in the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (NHKA), as well as the Church Ordinance of the NHKA. The other issue is the way in which
pastors view the Bible. The language and rhetoric used to refl ect on these issues are discussed and evaluated. In its last paragraph the article refl ects on the possibility of autobiographical pastorate as a way for pastors to achieve emotional wholeness.



http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v65i1.158
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