Department chair: Prof. Dr. Jos de Kock
Studies in Practical Theology
The influence of Christianity on the norms and values of western societies has decreased significantly. As a consequence the societal role of the Church is no longer broadly accepted. Whereas in the past the Church provided social cohesion, people now find their way in a multitude of networks and subcultures. This postmodern and pluralist context challenges Christian communities of faith to maintain their own vitality, even as they adapt and innovate.
The department of Practical Theology approaches Christian praxis in various ways in order to understand this context and its challenge, as well as to indicate new directions forward. A careful balance is maintained between respect for Christian tradition and the need for renewal.
Research in the department of practical theology follows three thematic lines:
- The first line, with a focus on Church Development and Leadership, centers on changes in the organizational culture of faith communities as well as on the associated challenges for Church leaders.
- The second line of research Ritual Formation through Preaching, Liturgy and Art, researches the self-understanding of believers by means of rituals in the broadest sense of the word.
- The third line of research New Ways in Christian Education: the Role of Spirituality, focuses on the role of Christian identity formation in the context of Christian higher education.
Independent Academic Personnel
|Prof. Dr. Jos de Kock||Children & Youth – Religious Education – Education & Catechetics – Research Methodology|
|Prof. Dr. Jack Barentsen||Church Office & Leadership, Practical Ecclesiology, Church Pedagogy & Christian Education|
Special Academic Personnel
|Dr. Jos Douma||Spirituality, Homiletics|
|Dr. René Erwich||Spiritual Leadership, Homiletics, Church Development, Pastoral Ministry|
|Drs. Oeds Blok|
|Egbert Brink, ThD|
|Dr. Jocelyn Bryan|
|Dr. Anne-Marije de Bruin|
|Dr. Hans Riphagen|
|Prof. Dr. Stefan Schweyer|
|Dr. Kees van Ekris|
Doctoral Students (with or without AAP/SAP-status)
|Ephraim Zakhary||Early Career Development of Ecclesial Leaders|
Research Institutes and Groups
Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics (ILSE)
Initiative for the Study of Religious Education and Youth Ministry (ISREYM)