Pastoral work is the church in action. That is perhaps the most concise definition of pastoral work. Despite its briefness, however, it offers an ingenious point of departure for reflecting on key issues concerning the church and its task in the world. Based on this short definition, the current contribution would like to discuss five action-theoretical aspects in more detail and thereby sketch their essential ecclesiological dimensions.
Firstly, the church realises itself through action. Secondly, because of its social interconnectedness, the church is always performing actions, even when it does nothing. Thirdly, the church also constitutes itself structurally primarily through actions. Fourthly, the church becomes a reality in the history of action and as a history of action (Handlungsgeschichte). The fifth aspect receives special attention: the church formulates its faith through intellectual processes and equally so through actions, and it has to maintain in theologically constructive ways the tensions between these two challenges in concrete situations. This contribution ends with a perspective on the significance of these action-theoretical considerations for the discipline of Practical Theology and its position within the canon of theological disciplines in theological faculties.
|Title of host publication||Catholic Approaches in Practical Theology|
|Subtitle of host publication||International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives |
|Editors||Annemie Dillen, Claire Wolfteich|
|Place of Publication||Leuven|
|Number of pages||15|
|Volume||Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Nov 2016|
|Name||Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium|
- Practical theology
- theory of action
- pastoral care
- catholic theology
- action theory