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.
In 2022 the MA in Mission Prize was won by Owen May for a dissertation on Scriptural Reasoning and Mission.
In 2021 the prize was won by Dalene Ten Cate.
The Group also hosts webinars with Doctoral students in mission, and hosts days dealing with particular topics. On the 12th May 2022 the group hosted a Mission Studies Day at The Queens Foundation in Birmingham with speakers Peniel Rajkumar and Eve Parker. Download the flyer here. In May 2021 a webinar was hosted on Mission, Race and Colonialism.
Nigel Rooms, Harvey Kwiyani, Cathy Ross and James Butler from the group are giving keynote papers at The Centre for Church and Mission in the West on “Salvation” in Kampen, The Netherlands, 8th-10th June 2022. More details of the programme may be found here.
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 missiologists from a variety of church traditions:
- Tim Davy (All Nations)
- Peniel Rajkumar (USPG/Cuddesdon)
- Naar Mfundisi-Holloway (Salvation Army)
- Harvey Kwiyani (Global Connections/Missio Africanus Journal/CMS)
- Israel Olofinjana (Evangelical Alliance/Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World)
- James Bulter (CMS/St Augustines/Roehampton)
- Nigel Rooms (CMS)
- Heather Major (Women in missiology network/Highland Theological Seminary/IAMS Europe – CHAIR)
- Cathy Ross (CMS)
- Lesley Bentley (PhD student)
- Ben Aldous (CTE/Queens Foundation/IAMS Europe)