Discipline of Practical Theology

Prof M Elijah Baloyi

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Tel: +27 12 429 3705
E-mail: baloye@unisa.ac.za


  • Ph.D. (Practical Theology) (University of Pretoria) (2008)
  • M.A. (Practical Theology) (Northwest University) (2001)
  • B.A. (Northwest University) (1998)
  • Candidacy Certificate (Northwest University) (1998)

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Fields of academic interests

  • Pastoral care and counselling
  • African Marriage and Premarital Counselling issues
  • African Philosophies and indigenous knowledge
  • Gender studies
  • Reconciliation and transformation projects in SA
  • Church injustices within the Reformed Churches in South Africa

Field of Specialisation

  • Pastoral care and counselling in the context of African challenges
  • Africanisation of the Reformed theology
  • Marital and premarital counselling in African context
  • Gender imbalances in African context


  • Patriarchal structures, a hindrance to women’s right. 2009. Saarbrucken: VDM Publishing Company. ISBN: 9783639164497.
  • Conquering your discouragement. Tough times never last, tough people do. 2010. Pretoria: CB Powell Bible Center, Unisa. ISBN: 9781868886241.
  • Building African Christian Marriages. 2013. Pretoria: Unisa Press.

Book Chapter:

  • Baloyi, ME. 2018. Affirmative action as a theological-pastoral challenge in the South Africa democratic context, in Poverty reduction strategies in Africa. Toyin Falola and Mike O. Odey (Eds), pp283-294.
  • Baloyi ME. 2018 Pain in the black garment. Pastoral responses to African widowhood. In Religion, culture and spirituality in Africa and the African diaspora. Edited by William Ackah, Jualynne E, Dodson and R. Drew Smith, P69-79. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, New York and London
  • Baloyi, ME. 2015. "Woman to woman oppression: Pastoral investigation on how African women oppress widows in times of grief.", In: Chimhanda, F.H., Molobi, V.S. & Mothoagae, I.D. African Theological reflections: Critical Voices on Liberation, Leadership, Gender and Eco-Justice. Pretoria: Research Institute for Theology and Religion, UNISA.

Journal articles

  • 2018. The evangelical role of witchcraft in some Pentecostal movements: An African pastoral concern. Missionalia, 46 (1), p56-71. http://dx.doi
  • 2018. Tribalism: Thorny issue towards reconciliation in South Africa a practical theological appraisal. HTS Theological Studies 74(2), 4772, P1-7. https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i2.4772.
  • 2018. A continued racial character of some of the Gereformeerde Kerke in South Africa: Strategic moves evading reconciliation and unity of churches in post-apartheid South Africa. HTS, Vol 74 no 1. HTS Teologiese studies/Theological Studies 74(1), 4782. https://doi.
  • 2018. Biblical moral inquest into the tradition of suspecting African women of treachery upon the death of their husbands. Journal of International Women’s Studies, Aug 2018, Vol.19, issue 6, pp195-207. http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol19/iss6/12/
  • 2018. Pain in the black garment: Pastoral responses to African widowhood. In religion, culture and spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora. Edited by Wlliam Ackah, Jualynne E Dodson and R Drew Smith. Routledge, New York.
  • 2017. Gendered character of barrenness in an African context- An African pastoral study. In die skriflig,
  • 2016. Theological reflections on sex as a cleansing ritual for African widows. Alternation 23,2 (2016), p201-216.
  • 2016. The vat-en-sit unions as a threat to stability of African marriage in South Africa- African theological pastoral perspective. Phronimon, Volume 17 Number 2 2016 pp. 1–16.
  • 2016. The prevalence of women sexual locking in a gender violent context- A pastoral perspective. Acta Theologica 2016 suppl 24:1-16.
  • 2016. Sex as an expression of hospitality. Theological investigation amongst some Africans. Koers 81(20), p1-8.
  • 2016. The church's pastoral role concerning challenges faced by teachers in South African public schools: Some practical theological perspectives. In die Skriflig/ln Luce Verbi.
  • 2016 Language as a dividing factor amongst the Reformed churches in South Africa: A case study of the Soutpansberg Synod. Journal of Theology of Southern Africa. No 154 March 2016.
  • 2016. Unpacking the downside of sustentasie on African theology and theologians: A need for contextual black theology as a liberative ingredient for black Reformed Churches. HTS theological Journal.
  • 2015, 'A pastoral investigation into some of the challenges associated with aging and retirement in the South African context',    In die Skriflig 49(1). Art. #1866, 10 pages. http://dx.doi.o rg/10.4102/ids. v49i1.1866.
  • 2015, 'The  Christian church's role within the escalating mob justice system in our black townships - An African pastoral view', HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 71(2).  Art.  #2833,  7 pages. http:f/dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i2.2833.
  • 2015 The Christian View of Levirate Marriage in a Changing  South  Africa.  Journal   of Sociology and Social Anthropology, 166. Kamla-Raj 2015. Vol 6(4):483-491.
  • 2014 Paying lobola when my wife dies: an African pastoral study about the practice of forcing people to pay lobola after their wives have passed away Journal of Human Ecology (JHE-SV-18-18) vol.48 (1), October 2014, pp. 135-143.
  • 2014 Distance no impediment for funerals” Death as a uniting ritual for African people- Pastoral study. Verbum et Ecclesia 35(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i2.1183.
  • 2014 The Impact of the Extended Family on One’s Marriage: An African Study. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 148 (March 2014), pp. 18-32.
  • 2014 A pastoral examination of the Christian Church’s response to fears of and reactions to witchcraft amongst African people in the Limpopo province of South Africa HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 70(2), Art. #1317, 9 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i2.1317
  • 2013 Critical Reflections on Polygamy in the African Christian Context. Missionalia, Vol 41, Number 2 (Aug 2013), 164-181. http://missionalia.journals.ac.za.
  • 2013 Wife beating amongst Africans as a challenge to pastoral care. In die skriflig/ In luce Verbi. Vol. 47(1).
  • 2013 Pastoral care to or with sex-starved pregnant women in African context. In die Skriflig, Luce Verbi vol.47 no1. Doi:10.4102/ids.v47i1.109.
  • 2013 A pastoral evaluation of menopause in the African context. Practical Theology in South Africa. HTS Theological Studies 69(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i2.1226.
  • 2012 The use of narrative hermeneutical approach in the counselling of abortion patients within An African context. Practical theology in South Africa. HTS Theological Studies 68(2), http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v68i2.1183.
  • 2012 The use of Imago Dei as a pastoral healing vision against women killings in the South African context- original research. Verbum et Ecclesia Journal vol.33 Issue no 1 (2012), p1-6). Verbum et Ecclesia 33(1), Art. #703, 6 pages. < http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v33i1.703
  • 2011 The ethics of Christian giving as liberation vision for the wellbeing of the black African Reformed churches. Journal of theology and religion in Africa (Theologia Viatorum) Vol.35, no.1 2011, pp. 96-117.
  • 2011 Church Unity and Justice in the Gereformeerde Kerke in South Africa: perspectives from the Soutpansberg synod between 2003 and 2008. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae, May 2011 vol.xxxvii no1. pp. 59-75. 
  • 2010 Pastoral care and the agony of female singles in African Christian context. In die Skriflig vol. 44(3&4)2010, pp. 723-742.
  • 2010 The sustentasie problem in the Reformed churches of South Africa: Unmasking the dilemma Facing black theologians. Scriptura vol 105 (2010:3).
  • 2010 A re-reading of John 8:1-11 from a pastoral liberative perspective to South African women. Journal of practical theology in SA (http:www.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/838). Vol.66(2)2010.
  • 2010 An African view of women as sexual objects, a concern for gender equality: a critical study. Verbum et ecclesia (http://www.veorg.za) Vol 31(1)2010.
  • 2010 Lobolo in the African Community. Journal of theology and religion in Africa (theologia Viatorum) vol. 34/1/2010, p50-70
  • 2009 Critical reflections on infertility amongst the African people. Journal of Practical Theology in S.A. vol.24 (2) 2009, 1-15. ISSN 1010-8017.
  • 2008 Biblical exegesis of headship: A challenge to patriarchal understanding that impinges on women’s rights in the church and society. Verbum et ecclesia vol. 29(1) 2008, 1-14. ASSN 16099982.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology  from 01-04-2019 to present
  • Discipline leader for Practical theology (January 2014 –December 2016)
  • Director Board member of Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP) (From January 2016-present).
  • Chairperson of the Board of Research Institute for Theology and Religion at Unisa (RITR)
  • Society of Practical Theology in South Africa (SPTSA): Elected executive member of the society on 14 July 2016
  • Executive member of Society of Practical Theology in South Africa (SPTSA) (January 2016-Present).