The purpose of the mini-thesis was to develop a biblically informed framework for practicing divine healing in the Paf.die.Gemeinde (Praise and Faith Church) in Kirchberg, Switzerland. Health is highly valued in the West. Many influences of various religions (Christians, Buddhists, and Esoteric culturists) have, by now, completely settled in the healthcare system and provide a wide range of opportunities for healing including alternative forms of healing.
In contrast to the above, the study found that in the church world with reference to the research locale, there appears to be the notion that the church is responsible for the salvation of the soul and that medicine is responsible to see to the health of the body. Nonetheless, in some sectors of the church new awakenings can be recognised and the subject of healing is becoming more prominent as the church seeks ways to respond to the secular views regarding alternative healing methods and traditional medical care, therapy and surgery.
The proposed study falls within the field of practical theology and the LIM model had the greatest potential to answer the research question. In order to get representative insight into the various theological views and practices in our region, several pastors from different denominations were interviewed. Several leaders and individuals of the Paf.die.Gemeinde were also evaluated through the use of a questionnaire. In order to understand the competing views in the church world regarding divine healing the three most dominant schools of thought were described and briefly analysed, namely, a) cessationism, b) continuanism and c) open but cautious view.
The research concludes with a summary of a well-defined biblically informed framework and a statement of faith on healing which is consistent with the continuanist perspective that guides the proposed practice on healing for Paf.die.Gemeinde. The final step outlines a ministry action plan for PaF.die.Gemeinde responding the main problem of the research.AeberhardD_FinalThesis_MThmini_Oct17