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Lack as an Advantage; Christian Ministry in the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren between the Organisation and its Network
Šimr Karel
The article, on the basis of archival documents and interviews with the actors of the events, represents the Christian ministry in the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren and its development especially after the communist coup in the second half of the 20th century. It follows the key characteristics which are based on neighbourhood, reciprocity, and community. Consequently, it applies this empirical form of congregational diakonia to the theological discussion about the process of church diakonia and it suggests possible perspectives for the development of congregational diakonia and refl ections on the societal contribution of churches within the sociological paradigm of ‘network society’. In such a society, the power of Christian ministry does not lie in organised activities but in the social capital of the church.

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