Is the Small Christian Community the Model of the Future?
Author Country :South Africa
Genre Type :True Story
Location :Pretoria, South Africa
Year of Publication :0/
Sub Theme :Church, Community, Evangelization, Ministry/
Author Name :Father Joseph Healey, M.M./
Author City :Pretoria
1986 I participated in the South African Missiological Conference in Pretoria,
South Africa. The main speaker of the congress was Hans Kung. I gave a lecture
on "Basic Christian Communities: Church-Centered or World-Centered?" mainly from
our pastoral experience in Eastern Africa (the AMECEA countries of
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).
After my talk I received a message that Hang Kung wanted to see me at the next
coffee break. He explained that in his latest research he had been studying
different paradigms of the church. He wondered if the parish model was no
longer appropriate, and if the model of the future is the Small Christian
Community (SCC)? I have often wondered if this was prophetic.