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Church as gift : towards a new model of ecclesiology in Africa in the light of the two African Synods of 1994 and 2009 / eingereicht von: Mboya, Thomas J.B.
AuthorMboya, Thomas Joseph Benard
CensorSandler, Willibald ; Wandinger, Nikolaus
Thesis advisorSandler, Willibald
PublishedInnsbruck, April 2016
Descriptionxv, 435 Blätter
Institutional NoteUniversität Innsbruck, Dissertation, 2016
Date of SubmissionMarch 2016
LanguageEnglish
Document typeDissertation (PhD)
Keywords (DE)Church / Gift / Model of Ecclesiology / Afrika / African Synods
Keywords (EN)Church / Gift / Model of Ecclesiology / Afrika / African Synods / Church - Gift - Model of Ecclesiology - Afrika - African Synods
Keywords (GND)Katholische Kirche / Katholische Kirche / Bischofssynode <2009, Rom> / Afrika / Ekklesiologie
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubi:1-3957 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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Abstract (German)

This research on the Church understood as a gift and its implications has its roots in questions that have emerged in my mind from a period of over fifteen years of experiences within the Church in Africa. Different occurrences in particular contexts of the Church left many unanswered questions in my mind not only about the identity and mission of the Church but also about the ministry within it. I will suggest that proper understanding and embracing of Gift offers a powerful way to address these situations. It also offers a way for the Church to understand itself not only relationally, but also help ministry regain its original identity of being agent but not an end in itself. Some ministers are full of themselves and their own ideologies with regard to the message of Jesus Christ and ultimately about God. Their failure to fully identify with Jesus Christ calls for a thorough explanation, with the intention to help correct it. I focus on the theological value of gift and how it is reflected in the Churchs being and ministry.

Abstract (English)

This research on the Church understood as a gift and its implications has its roots in questions that have emerged in my mind from a period of over fifteen years of experiences within the Church in Africa. Different occurrences in particular contexts of the Church left many unanswered questions in my mind not only about the identity and mission of the Church but also about the ministry within it. I will suggest that proper understanding and embracing of Gift offers a powerful way to address these situations. It also offers a way for the Church to understand itself not only relationally, but also help ministry regain its original identity of being agent but not an end in itself. Some ministers are full of themselves and their own ideologies with regard to the message of Jesus Christ and ultimately about God. Their failure to fully identify with Jesus Christ calls for a thorough explanation, with the intention to help correct it. I focus on the theological value of gift and how it is reflected in the Churchs being and ministry.

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