The Mission Research Network “exists to create a robust, vibrant, critical and independent mission research community in the UK to resource God’s Church in mission.”
The group is related to BIAPT’s (British and Irish Association of Practical Theology) Mission Studies group and is especially interested in dealing with missional topics in a time ‘after colonialism.’
The body is a CTE co-ordinating group being committed to ecumenical missiological reflection and sharing insights with the churches in England to enable them to make better informed decisions regarding mission-shaped strategies.
The Group help organise the annual MA in Mission Prize, set up to draw out high quality, recently-passed MA theses to add to a small but growing repository of MAs and PhDs. This mission research library on our CTE website includes a number of MAs and PhDs, and we hope to grow these in the coming months. If you have written a MA or PhD on a mission-shaped topic since 2001, and would be happy for CTE to host it on the repository please get in touch with Ben Aldous from CTE.
The 2021 prize winner was Rev Daleen Ten Cate, with her MA dissertation “A critical examination of the theological basis of a Christian Charity engaged in community ministry”.
The Group also hosts webinars with Doctoral students in mission, and hosts days dealing with particular topics. In May 2021 a webinar was hosted on Mission, Race and Colonialism.
Ben Aldous and Heather Major from the group are also part of the International Association of Mission Studies Europe Board and involved in organising a conference based in Cluj-Nacopa, Romania, 8th-12th September 2023.
The network consists of theological educators and missiologist from a variety of church traditions:
- Aaron Edwards (Cliff College/Methodist Church)
- Tim Davy (All Nations)
- Steve Hollinghurst (Freelance researcher/teacher Diocese of Lichfield)
- Harvey Kwiyani (Global Connections/Missio Africanus Journal/CMS)
- Ian Mobsby (Anglican)
- Israel Olofinjana (Baptist/Evangelical Alliance/Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World)
- James Bulter (CMS/St Augustines/Roehampton)
- Nigel Rooms (CMS)
- Heather Major (Glasgow University/Women in missiology network)
- Cathy Ross (CMS)
- Cate Williams (Diocese of Gloucester)
- Ben Aldous (CTE/Queens Foundation)