Dewcom

The Doctrine, Ethics and Worship Committee (DEWCOM) of the MCSA is a committee of Conference.

DEWCOM is mandated by Conference to respond to questions that face the church on doctrinal and ethical matters, as well as to assist with the development of appropriate liturgies for the life of the church. DEWCOM is not a policy making body, but provides information to Conference, which then instructs the relevant structures of the church to consider their recommendations. On this page, the reader will find discussion papers and other material that has formed part of DEWCOM’s work. For final expressions on polity and practice, the reader is asked to consult the Yearbooks and Book of Order of the MCSA. Papers and other material appearing here do not necessarily reflect the views and polity of the MCSA.

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Prepared by: DEWCOM





DEWCOM report on theology of marriage to the2016 Conference of the MCSA

Prepared by: DEWCOM
Date: 2016
Article on marriage part one of four

Prepared by: Rev. Faan Myburgh
Deacons L D Amendments 2016

Prepared by: DEWCOM

Date: 2016
DEWCOM RESOLUTIONS 21 06 2016

Prepared by: DEWCOM

Date: 21 June 2016
ANCESTRAL CALLING WITHIN THE METHODIST CHURCH OF SOUTH-AFRICA

Prepared by: DEWCOM
Suggested Liturgy for the Blessing of a Civil Union Final

Prepared by: DEWCOM
Methodist clergy in the political sphere

Prepared by: DEWCOM
Critique of Wessel Bently Paper by Peter Frow

Prepared by: Peter Frow
Date: 2018
MCSA Statement on Marriage 2019 version 3

Prepared by: MCSA Conference
Date: 2019
An understanding of Christian marriage in the MCSA

Prepared by: Wessel Bentley
A profession of faith

Prepared by: Rev. Roger Scholtz
Status: Adopted by DEWCOM
Date: July 2014
Administration of the sacraments

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1980 onwards
Advance directives Living Will

Author: Rev. Kenneth Carr
Status: Discussion document for adoption by Conference
Context: On the question of a living will…
Date: March 2010
African Biblical Scholarship

Author: Rev. P.M.S. Matsepe
Status: Referred paper
Context: This paper explores African hermeneutics…
Date: July 2007 meeting
AFRICAN CULTURE AND HOMOSEXUALITY

Author: Rev. Sijadu Nkomonde
Context: In light of the same-sex debate…
Date: Presented at the October 2006 meeting
An ecclesiology with particular reference to the mission of the Church as it concerns ministry of the laity

Author: Rev. Tim Attwell
Context: The MCSA recognises the importance of every-member ministry…
Date: Presented at the May 2007 meeting
An initial response to the Lima text

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1982 onwards
Attitudes to the Occult and Eastern Mysticism

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1982 onwards
Bibliography on mission

Author: Rev. Wessel Bentley
Context: Resources for mission are not well known…
Date: Presented at the October 2006 meeting
Brian Wilkinson Neither the bible nor the state defines marriage

Author: Rev. Dr. Brian Wilkinson
Context: Paper delivered at the Conference on Family life…
Status: Conference Paper
Date:October 2012
CARING FOR THE ELDERLY 1

Author: Rev. Faan Myburgh
Context: How to adequately deal with or stop the abuse of the frail elderly…
Status: Discussion document
Date: February 2013
CCD Violence debate

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1986 onwards
CCDP Study document Should we become a peace church

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1986 onwards
christians and same sex relationships conference 2003

Author: DEWCOM
Context: DEWCOM was mandated by Conference to supply a discussion guide by 2003…
Date: Conference 2003
Clerical and preaching wear women's perspective

Author: Rev Dr Janette Krige
Context: A position offered on women’s perspective of the use of clerical and preaching wear in the MCSA context…
Date: May 2011
Climate Change A Challenge to the churches in South Africa

Author: South African Council of Churches (Used with permission)
Context: Document on climate change. Status: SACC document…
Date: 1 October 2009
Dewcom Ministers and Covenant relationship

Author: Rev. Tim Attwell
Context: The debate concerning stipends in the MCSA has raised questions…
Date: Presented at the May 2007 meeting.
DEWCOM submission to Conference 2012 on the same sex debate

Date: February 2014
Discourses on changing Family Life patterns Lilian Siwila

Author: Dr Lilian Siwila
Context: Paper delivered at the Conference on Family life.
Status: Conference Paper
Date: October 2012
DIVERGENT CONVICTIONS AND MORE FREEDOM TO EXERCISE DIVERGENT CONVICTIONS

Author: Rev. Faan Myburgh
Status: Discussion document
Date: February 2014
Archive document on Exorcism

Author: Trevour Van Zyl De Bruyn
Context: Interim report on exorcism for the Doctrine Committee’s consideration
Status: Archive
Date: 1993
George Ellerbeck LINKING HISTORICAL OVERVIEWS WITH PERSONAL STORIES OF FAMILY LIFE

Author: Mr George Ellerbeck
Context: Paper delivered at the Conference on Family life.
Status: Conference Paper
Date: October 2012
Gracious Words for difficult times

Author: Several
Status: Crchive
Date: 1986 onwards
GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF CLERICAL VESTMENTS

Author: Rev. Tim Attwell
Context: A contribution vestments and clerical attire.
Status: Official DEWCOM document.
Date: 17 March 2009
Guidelines on the Christian Calendar and Christian Holy Days

Author: Rev. Tim Attwell
Status: Adopted by DEWCOM
Date: July 2014
HOLDING HANDS IS NOT FOR SISSIES

Author: Rev. Greg Andrews
Context: In light of the same-sex debate, Rev Andrews presented this paper…
Status: Adopted by DEWCOM
Date: Presented at the October 2006 meeting
In the shoes of the Samaritan

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1986 onwards
Infant baptism

Author: Dr Wessel Bentley and Rev Peter Grassow
Context: A short document to stimulate discussion on the MCSA’s usage of infant baptism…
Status: To be discussed by Synods of 2010
Date: March 2010
Leon Klein Caring for Families Pastorally in a Post Modern World

Author: Rev. Dr. Leon Klein
Context: Paper delivered at the Conference on Family life.
Status: Conference Paper
Date: October 2012
Living together in the household of God

Author: Rev. Roger Scholtz
Context: These articles were published in The New Dimension as a series addressing…
Status: Adopted by DEWCOM.
Date: 4 March 2008
Louise Peters RESPONSE OF THE CHURCH TO CHANGING FAMILY STRUCTURES

Author: Ms Louise Peters
Context: Paper delivered at the Conference on Family life.
Status: Conference Paper
Date: October 2012
Marriage

Author: Rev Peter Grassow
Context: A discussion document on the Christian understanding of marriage…
Status: DEWCOM response for Conference 2010
Date: August 2010
METHODIST REFLECTIONS ON ABORTION

Author: Rev. Prof. Neville Richardson
Context: The MCSA’s stance on abortion has been questioned. In this paper, Rev. Prof. Richardson explores the theological and ethical considerations relating to this issue.
Date: Submitted at the May 2006 meeting
MODEL FOR A UNITED CHURCH

Author: Rev. Dr. Wessel Bentley
Context: A discussion document on moral decay and the Church’s prophetic role.
Status: Discussion document
Date: August 2012
MORAL DECAY DISCUSSION DOCUMENT

Author: Rev. Roger Scholtz
Context: These articles were published in The New Dimension as a series addressing theological underpinnings for the understanding of stipends
Status: Adopted by DEWCOM.
Date: 4 March 2008
New Age Cult

Author: Several
Context: Paper on Satanism and the occult
Status: Archive
Date: 1982 onwards
ORDAINED DEACONS AND THE SACRAMENTS IN THE METHODIST CHURCH OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

Author: Rev. Dr. Dion Forster
Context: The Order of Deacons requested permission to dispense the Elements…
Date: Presented at the May 2007 meeting.
Ordering our Church Space

Author: Rev. Vusi Vilakati
Context: Discussion document on the utilisation of church-space.
Status: Discussion document
Date: August 2012
Ordination and Non Itinerant Ministry

Author: Rev Peter Grassow
Context: Discussion document on the meaning of ordination and non-itinerant ministry in the MCSA
Status: DEWCOM response for Conference 2010
Date: August 2010
Pastoral letter Should the Methodist Church become a peace church

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1986 onwards
Position paper on the MCSA and the use of Lottery money

Author: Dr Wessel Bentley
Status: Position paper adopted by DEWCOM
Date: February 2014
Recommendation to Conference regarding the way forward in the same sex discourse Model

The way forward in the same-sex discourse (model 2)
Response to Rev Dr Dion Fosters document regarding ordained deacons and the sacrament

Author: Mrs. Dianne Sundberg
Context: This document argues for the right of Deacons to receive dispensation…
Date: 1 September 2009
Same sex relationships an alternative view to the Discussion Guide

Author: Rev. Dave Morgan
Context: In light of the same-sex debate, Rev. Morgan argues that the findings…
Status: Under discussion
Date: Presented at the October 2006 meeting.
Satanism Occult

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1982 onwards
SCRIPTURE AND SAME SEX RELATIONS

Author: Rev. Ray Alistoun
Context: In light of the same-sex debate, Rev. Alistoun argues that same-sex relationships are not viewed in a positive light by Scripture.
Date: Presented at the October 2006 meeting.
Statement on the ministry of oversight

Author: Rev. Dr. Wessel Bentley
Context: Statement on the MCSA understanding of the office of the Bishop/Presiding Bishop.
Status: Statement as requested by Conference
Date: August 2012
Stipend Discussion Document DEWCOM11

Summary on the use of stoles Tim-Attwell

Author: Rev Tim Attwell
Context: A summary on the use of stoles in Christian ecclesiology
Status: Correspondence with enquiring clergy
Date: May 2011
Surrogate Motherhood DEWCOM 2007 Final copy

Author: Rev. Ken Carr
Context: Considering the debate on adoption and parenthood, Rev. Carr explores the theological…
Date: Presented at the May 2007 meeting.
The Christian and violence

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa and homosexuality

Author: Rev. Ndhiko Mtshiselwa
Context: A contribution to the same-sex discussion by an ordained minister in the MCSA
Status: Discussion paper received by DEWCOM.
Date: 17 March 2009
The Peace church debate Resolutions

Author: Several
Status: Archive
Date: 1986 onwards
Undoing closure why the Church should sanction same sex civil unions

Author: Rev. Faan Myburgh
Context: A contribution to the same-sex discussion by an ordained minister in the MCSA
Status: Discussion paper received by DEWCOM.
Date: 17 March 2009
The homosexual person the Church and grace

ENDORSEMENT FOR CLIMATE CHANGE DOCUMENT
Position Paper on Infant Baptism