A Comparative Discourse on Christian and Secular Distinctive Features of Transformational Development

Ephraim Yoms, Nadine Bowers Du Toit


The primary objective of this article is to explore some distinctions between Christian and secular views of transformation, characteristics of transformational development and the holistic practitioner. To meet this aim, relevant literature has been explored. The article argues that the Christian’s development motivation, goal and process are distinctive. The affirmation of indigenous knowledge; peaceful relationships, self-worth, empowerment and spiritual development are basic characteristics of transformational development. The paper also insists that the attitudes and characteristics of a holistic practitioner play a crucial role in realising these characteristics of transformational development. Understanding the value of this could assist faith-based organization and church-based development agency staff in engaging holistically.


Transformational Development; Christian development practitioner, holistic mission, transformation

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7832/45-1-172


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