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- ItemOffender reintegration : a challenge to the Uniting Reformerd Church in SA, Porterville, in its ministry of reconciliation, restoring and healing to the relaesed offender in the local community(Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-12) Frantz, Mariete Jolene; August, Karel Th.; Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Theology. Dept. of Practical Theology and Missiology.ENGLISH ABSTRACT: People re-entering society after a period of incarceration often experience an identity crisis regarding their life orientation. Society is reluctant to receive perpetrators back into the community after their release. Stigmatized offenders thus face a myriad of challenges after having been imprisoned. For instance, they struggle to find employment, which in many instances translates into family separation and ostracization. The undergirding assumption of this research is that restoration and development of the released offender and his/her family is possible. They can also be helped to find their appropriate place in society through the assistance of their faith community. The researcher consequently focused on the involvement of the URCSA in its holistic mission to released offenders and their families in the community of Monte Berta, a suburb in the town of Porterville. It was assumed that the transformation development approach, within the framework of practical theology, can assist the church in its holistic mission, contributing towards the enhancement of human development, fostering spiritual transformation, dignity, self-worth, justice, participation, freedom and hope. Based on Osmer’s methodology of practical theology, the researcher evaluated the rehabilitation process of the released offender whilst incarcerated, as well as reviewed development theories and approaches, and examined the relevance thereof for the church’s mission in support of released offenders and their families. She further proposed an integrated model to sustain the rehabilitation process and promote the reconciliation, restoration and healing of reintegrated offenders.