|dc.description.abstract||The problem statement for this study is found in the relation between the community of believers
and the service of the deacons. The aim of the study was to show the close relation between the
terms koinonia and diakonia. In this Practical Theological study the method of Zerfass was used.
By means of a literature search basis-theoretical principles were formulated. Through a
hermeneutical interaction between the basis-theoretical principles and the meta-theoretical
perspectives new practical-theoretical guidelines were established.
In Chapter 2 basis-theoretical principles were formulated from Scripture and other literature. The
meaning of the terms koinonia, diakonia and diakonos were traced as well as the use of the terms
in the Old and New Testaments. With regard to this matter the focus was on Acts 6 as locus
classicus for the institution of the office of deacon with special reference to the "Seven". The use of
the terms in the church history and the church tradition is studied by way of literature studies, after
which the use and application of the terms in the Reformed Churches of South Africa are
In Chapter 3 the metatheoretical perspectives were compiled through study of the sociology and
social welfare as ancillary subjects. The similarities were indicated. An empirical study in the
Reformed Churches of South Africa showed that the terms koinonia, diakonia and the service of the
deacons were undefined.
In Chapter 4 some practical-theoretical guidelines were given with reference to the hermeneutical
interaction between the basis-theoretical principles and the metatheoretical perspectives.
The final conclusion in Chapter 5 stressed the close connection and relation between the
community of believers and the service of the deacons. The relationship between believers, stems
from their relationship with God. Therefore people who would earnestly like to do something for
God, should be guided, equipped and involved by the deacons to serve each other. This diakonia
must, in turn, serve to initiate and stimulate koinonia. In the practical implementation of this, the
office of the deacon finds its niche.||