Humanities and Creative Arts
I completed postgraduate work in religion and cultural change, both in terms of how Christianity expresses it's faith in content (theology) and in practice (ecclesiology). My interest is in new and emerging forms of Christian practice, both within the church and within contemporary culture.
PhD, University of Otago (2004). A New Way of Being Church? used a practical theology model to exploring church, mission and worship in the contemporary environment.
Masters in Theology, University of Auckland (1996). Angst and Atonement, gained first class honours for a critical investigation of contextual atonement images in a postmodern New Zealand urban context.
Bachelor in Theology, University of Auckland (1995).
Bachelor of Horticulture, Lincoln University (1992).
2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching. For leading sustained innovation in theological pedagogy over six years, implementing quality improvements that ensure the embedded diversity of the student body is a resource in contextualising, personalising and deepening the overall teaching and learning experience.
2014 EHL Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching
2014 EHL Community of Practice research
theology of popular culture, ecclesiology, new forms of church.
Reading popular culture, how indigenous cultures read the Bible, missional leadership, cultural change, gospel in post-Christian context and emerging church, ecclesiology and ethnography, U2 studies
: Lived Experience, Meaning Making and the Place of Contemporary Christianity through accounts and studies with young adults
; A missional pneumatology of the Basis of Union of the Uniting Church in Australia
; ecclesiology and ethnographic study of experiences of forgiveness
; action research study of Trinity on ministry life
: how do pastoral leaders working in multi-ethic communities enhance their cultural competency
: spiritual formation (Adelaide College of Divinity)
; Preaching (Australian College Theology)
: Chaplaincy (Adelaide College of Divinity)
I run my own website, on which I write regularly on culture, change, mission and leadership. This can be found at http://www.emergentkiwi.org.nz. Resources produced here have been used by people around the world.
I have, since 2005, written a monthly column for Touchstone magazine, exploring theological themes in film.
I work with a range of church groups in regard to leadership, community engagement and new forms of church. Recent examples include
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I am the author of The Out of Bounds Church? Learning to Create a Community of Faith in a Culture of Change, Zondervan, 2005. This was translated into Korean in 2008.