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Pharos Journal of Theology ; 102(Special Issue 2), 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1675687


This paper examines how pastors engaged an online presence to preach the Word of God and address the needs of their congregations, during the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in South Africa. This is set against the Biblical instruction of Jesus Christ to Peter, to “feed my sheep” in John 21: 17, as it is the very same instruction that holds for pastors in churches today. However, the normal operations of the ministry have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. The Christian church, a close-knit group of believers to whom social and physical distancing are foreign concepts, has had to adapt. Worship sites have been abandoned, and the absence of worshipers has become the norm. Pastoral ministries have been disrupted and call for pastors to embrace new technology to ensure that they have a digital presence with their congregation through social media. This paper argues that these circumstances give the church of God a unique opportunity to rethink how to continue ministry without physical contact. It adopted a mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) approach, using an online questionnaire and telephonic surveys to engage pastors. The paper utilises the Two-way Communication Model (TCM) and the Uses and Gratification Theory (UGT). It concluded that pastoral care and spiritual counselling are essential in crises, that pastors have embraced social media in their mission, and that there is support for digital technology. The article recommendations that there should be a balanced communication strategy for Pastor’s ministries, and that government partners with faith-based organisations in different ways in a joint effort to combat the virus, while encouraging and supporting congregants © 2021 Open Access

27th Annual Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2021 ; 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1513715


Tools are commonly utilized by distributed agile software development teams to support communication and collaboration. However, few studies have systematically unpacked the affordances of such tools. Moreover, with the rise of COVID-19 in 2020, teams are faced with new dynamics and challenges that are not addressed by traditional remote work literature. Building on affordance theory, this study explores how teams can actualize tools affordances to support communication and collaboration during COVID-19 remote work. The chosen method is an in-depth case study of a distributed agile software development team, with data being collected using semi-structured interviews. The paper outlines 25 perceived affordances which were exploited from the various features of 10 tools. These affordances were actualized by the teams, resulting in 4 outcomes: Fostering of Engagement, Streamlined Communication, Enhanced Virtual Meetings and Increased Shared Understanding. The outcomes supported communication and collaboration during COVID-19 remote work. © AMCIS 2021.

British Journal of Health Care Management ; 26(10), 2020.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-946355