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    Gender-based violence and efforts to address the phenomenon: Towards a church public pastoral care intervention proposition for community development in Zimbabwe.Vhumani Magezi & Peter Manzanga - 2019 - HTS Theological Studies 75 (4):1-14.
    Gender-based Violence is a huge concern in many African countries such as Zimbabwe despite the preventative and mitigatory interventions that have been proposed and implemented by various stakeholders. The interventions applied range from policies and programmes that are government initiated as well as those interventions by social actors such as non-government organisations and Faith-based Organisations like churches. Gender-based violence as a social structural issue is sustained and perpetuated by cultural norms, values and beliefs that are fed by patriarchy, among other (...)
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    From periphery to the centre: Towards repositioning churches for a meaningful contribution to public health care.Vhumani Magezi - 2012 - HTS Theological Studies 68 (2).
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    Christian ministry and theological education as instruments for economic survival in Africa.Vhumani Magezi & Collium Banda - 2017 - HTS Theological Studies 73 (3).
    There is a conflict over whether Christian ministry and theological education should be pursued with an expectation for economic survival. The rise of Christian ministry practice emphasising wealth and prosperity has heightened commodification of the Christian ministry. Church ministry and theological education are being used as instruments for economic profit. The link between theological education and Christian ministry, among other things, is that church practices and ministry expressions reflect the underlying theology. In such a situation, this article reflects on the (...)
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    Church-driven primary health care: Models for an integrated church and community primary health care in Africa.Vhumani Magezi - 2018 - HTS Theological Studies 74 (2):1-11.
    The role of churches in primary health care delivery in Africa's poor contexts is widely acknowledged. Discussion of churches' work in health largely focuses on the spiritual side and tends to downplay the practical side. A clear challenge and gap in the role of churches in primary health delivery is the lack of clear models and approaches to determine the efficacy of the interventions. Hence, the role of churches as a player in the delivery of primary health care needs examination. (...)
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    Healing and coping with life within challenges of spiritual insecurity: Juxtaposed consideration of Christ’s sinlessness and African ancestors in pastoral guidance.Vhumani Magezi & Christopher Magezi - 2017 - HTS Theological Studies 73 (3):1-12.
    Spiritual insecurity among African Christians is a huge challenge. The insecurity among other things arises from African people’s former traditional African ancestral world view of ancestral veneration. The ancestors promote or hinder African Christians’ reliance on Christ because they have presupposedly acquired the supernatural power that enables them to provide diagnoses and solutions to life challenges. The inherent problem in the ancestral world view, however, is that the ancestors are both respected and feared by their descendants because they can either (...)
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    A proposition for an integrated church and community intervention to adolescent and youth sexual reproductive health challenges.Vhumani Magezi - 2016 - HTS Theological Studies 72 (2).
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    God-image of Servant King as powerful but vulnerable and serving: Towards transforming African church leadership at an intersection of African kingship and biblical kingship to servant leadership.Vhumani Magezi - 2015 - HTS Theological Studies 71 (2):01-09.
    Christianity is mediated through culture and people's cultural practices. One such cultural practice is African kingship. African kingship conveys on the ruler sovereignty, power, authority and supremacy over people under one's jurisdiction. Intricately linked to respect for elders and those in power, African church leaders are at an intersection of the African kingship leadership style and the biblical kingship leadership style. Consciously or unconsciously, church leaders tend to embrace the African kingship approach to leadership and to a lesser extent biblical (...)
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    The concept of shalōm as a constructive bereavement healing framework within a pluralist health seeking context of Africa.Vhumani Magezi & Benjamin S. Keya - 2013 - HTS Theological Studies 69 (2):1-8.
    Absence of health, that is, sickness in Africa is viewed in personalistic terms. A disease is explained as effected by 'the active purposeful intervention of an agent, who may be human', non-human (a ghost, an ancestor, an 'evil spirit), or supernatural (a deity or other very powerful being)' (Foster). Illness is thus attributed to breaking of taboos, offending God and/ or ancestral spirits; witchcraft, sorcery, the evil eye, passion by an evil spirit and a curse from parents or from an (...)
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    A public practical-theological response and proposal to decolonisation discourse in South Africa: From #YourStatueMustFall and #MyStatueShouldBeErected to #BothOurStatuesShouldBeErected.Vhumani Magezi - 2018 - HTS Theological Studies 74 (1).
    The years 2015 and 2016 were marked by violent protests at South African universities. While the focus of many of the protests was on access to university education, an equally major theme was the decolonisation of universities. University statues, such as that of Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town and many others, were pulled down or defaced. Within the discourse on decolonisation of curriculum, statues were viewed as symbols of maintaining and preserving the colonial hegemony that is (...)
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    A study to establish the most plausible background to the Fourth Gospel.Vhumani Magezi & Peter Manzanga - 2010 - HTS Theological Studies 66 (1).
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    Corrigendum: Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on church ministries in Africa: A literature analysis focusing on South Africa.Christopher Magezi & Vhumani Magezi - 2022 - HTS Theological Studies 78 (4):1.
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    Changing family patterns from rural to urban and living in the in-between: A public practical theological responsive ministerial approach in Africa.Vhumani Magezi - 2018 - HTS Theological Studies 74 (1).
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    Doing public pastoral care through church-driven development in Africa: Reflection on church and community mobilisation process approach in Lesotho.Vhumani Magezi - 2019 - HTS Theological Studies 75 (4):1-14.
    African communities face various challenges that require different sectors’ interventions to be effectively addressed. Churches as key community structures in Africa along with people experience these life challenges. The situation prompts churches to continually re-examine their role in communities to develop relevant responses that are deeply rooted in Christian approaches and heritage. Pastoral care as a community frontline ministry is expected to intervene practically to address people’s holistic needs. However, the questions that emerge are the following: how can pastoral care (...)
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    Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on church ministries in Africa: A literature analysis focusing on South Africa.Vhumani Magezi - 2022 - HTS Theological Studies 78 (4):1–11.
    This article argues that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which emerged in 2019, has had a negative impact on all institutions and spheres of life, including churches. Scholars and religious practitioners concur that the pandemic has negatively affected the church in various ways such as in church worship, fellowship, finance, interrelationships and various other ministries and programmes. Despite a reference to challenges posed by COVID-19 on the churches' ministries, there are very few academic articles based on literature scoping on the (...)
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    History and developments of pastoral care in Africa: A survey and proposition for effective contextual pastoral caregiving.Vhumani Magezi - 2019 - HTS Theological Studies 75 (4):14.
    The practice of pastoral care (cura animarum) over the ages has been informed and influenced by the need to develop creative ways (interventions) to respond to people’s contextual challenges. These approaches have been well documented. However, the history, developments and emerging pastoral care practices in Africa have not been documented. This article, by way of a survey, considers the pastoral care approaches that emerged in Africa from the period when Christianity was introduced to the continent. It addresses three interlinked questions. (...)
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    Migration Crisis and Christian Response: From Daniel De Groody’s Image of God Theological Prism in Migration Theology to a Migration Practical Theology Ministerial Approach and Operative Ecclesiology.Vhumani Magezi & Christopher Magezi - 2018 - HTS Theological Studies 74 (1):1-12.
    This article identifies a need to develop an operational theology that responds to migrants in a real and constructive way. It discusses Daniel Groody’s image of God prism in migration theology in order to develop an integrated understanding of the image of God. It argues that Groody’s image of God prism in migration theology is assumed rather than explicit and does not proceed to inform migrant ministry design. To ensure an encompassing understanding of the notion of the image of God, (...)
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    Pastoral care and healing in Africa: Towards an Adamic Christological practical theology imagination for pastoral healing.Vhumani Magezi & Christopher Magezi - 2016 - HTS Theological Studies 72 (2):12.
    This article argues that the challenge and need for relevant ministry models is critical for effective Christian ministry and pastoral ministry as practical life ministry. It establishes an Adamic Christological model as a paradigm that provides a practical effective ministerial approach in Africa, particularly within the context of pastoral care and healing. This framework reveals Christ’s complete identification with African Christians in their contextual sufferings as the New Adam without compromising authentic gospel reality. In employing the Adamic Christological framework as (...)
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    Technologically changing African context and usage of Information Communication and Technology in churches: Towards discerning emerging identities in church practice.Vhumani Magezi - 2015 - HTS Theological Studies 71 (2):01-08.
    The last decade has seen massive progress in technological advancement in Africa. Many pastors have embraced the use of technology in their religious and ministerial practices. Within such a context, it is necessary to understand the various identities of the African pastor emerging from responses to the use of technology. This article discusses technological use in churches, particularly focusing on the changing technological context of Africa. The article uses Zimbabwe as a case study to assess and determine technology use and (...)
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    Theological education and character formation: Perceptions of theological leaders and students.Vhumani Magezi & Walter Madimutsa - 2023 - HTS Theological Studies 79 (1):10.
    Character formation is a mandatory requirement for all theological leaders and students. The purpose of this empirical and field research is to understand the perceptions of theological leaders and students regarding the role of theological education in ministerial character formation. The study seeks to discover the difficulty that theological institutions face as they develop and implement moral formation programs. Incongruencies tend to exist between what theological leaders do in the preparation of students for ministry and what they finally produce as (...)
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