Steve Taylor is the Principal of the PCANZ Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership
Luke 10:1-12 is a favourite text in mission today. It presents mission as a journey. Rather than “come to us” modes of attraction to church, mission is “playing away from home.” The disciples are sent by God to spend time in homes, amid the domestic life of local village communities. They start by speaking the shalom of God to those they meet. Where that peace is welcomed, they stay, accepting the hospitality, respecting the culture and customs of the communities in which they minister. Continue reading
Thornton Blair Research Fellow: Christian Education
Do you have high quality research skills, experience in the design of higher education and a passion for educational formation for Christian leadership?
Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership (KCML) is seeking a uniquely gifted person to undertake action research in education design. This will involve undertaking qualitative research among key stakeholders, designing adult education delivery mechanisms and piloting the delivery of education in Christian leadership.
The Research Fellow will deliver a project that helps KCML clarify how to provide postgraduate educational formation for Christian leadership. Specifically to
1. Publish research into re-reforming post-graduate ministry and mission practice in contemporary contexts
2. Design education material that meets both stakeholder needs and higher education accreditation frameworks
3. Develop a strategic plan for education delivery
4. Initiate pilot projects, with stakeholder feedback.
The successful applicant will have experience in Christian education, project management and the use of qualitative methodologies in social sciences. They will have demonstrable skills in theological reflection, the ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and excellent verbal and written skills, including research and writing. It is desirable that they have experience in post-graduate accreditation in higher education and teaching in online environments.
This is envisaged as a fixed term (22 months), part-time (0.6) position. Start date is February 2017 . The successful applicant need not live in Dunedin, provided they can demonstrate how they might build and sustain strong working relationships with the KCML team.
KCML especially welcomes applications that will enable it to meet its commitments to being a bi-cultural and intercultural church.
Applications close 9 am, Monday, 5 December, 2016. They must include a CV; a letter of application addressing the essential and desirable criteria and two references.
Enquiries to Rev Dr Steve Taylor
Principal, Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership
Rejuvenation in the Church: some theological notes
Much of my thinking about a theology of rejuvenation was shaped during the early days of a difficult change process. I was working with a traditional church experiencing steady decline. Expecting resistance, I referred often in my sermons to the numerical decline of the last few decades. After a few months, an older gentleman commented quietly, “It wasn’t all bad you know.”
The comment got me thinking. Were my references to decline working against our shared desire for rejuvenation? Continue reading