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Studying Diversity Using Free-Text Responses
This report presents the results of research into using free-text responses instead of tick box forms to assess and understand diversity.
Leading Transformational Change: Theory U – Ermal Kirby
In this video from the 2018 SWF conference 'Leaderful Church?', SWF Research Officer Ermal Kirby describes how the principles and practices of Theory U have impacted his work.
Theological reflection on Methodist church leadership – Sam McBratney
From the 2018 SWF conference 'Leaderful Church?', SWF Research Officer Sam McBratney offers his theological reflection on leadership in the Methodist church.
Leaderful Church? – theological reflection from Mark Wakelin
In this closing presentation, Mark Wakelin provides a theological reflection on the conference and its theme, Leaderful Church?
Leaderful Church? Panel conversation
From our 2018 SWF conference, the panel discussion of Sheryl Anderson, R. David Muir, Megan Seneque, and Andrew Wood, with input from David Sims. Chaired by Sue Miller, this includes the Q&A session.
Interview with Bala Gnanapragasam
From the 2018 SWF conference 'Leaderful Church?', Sue Miller interviews then-designate Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Bala Gnanapragasam, on what leaderful church means to him.
Leaderful Church: a storytelling approach (video) – David Sims
From our 2018 conference 'Leaderful Church?', plenary speaker David Sims' presentation on the role of story in church leadership. The accompanying slides are also available via this website.
Leading Transformational Change (video) – Megan Seneque
From our 2018 conference 'Leaderful Church?', SWF Honorary Research Fellow Megan Seneque's presentation on how Theory U can be utilised in facilitating transformational change. The accompanying slides are also available via this website.
Leading from a Second Chair (video) – Tim Harle
From our 2018 conference 'Leaderful Church?', a video of SWF Associate Tim Harle's presentation on the role of 'deputy' leadership. The accompanying powerpoint slides are available on the website.
Theory U – a quick guide
This one-page document gives a summary of the basics of Theory U, a methodology for transformational change.
Leading from a Second Chair (slides) – Tim Harle
From our 2018 conference 'Leaderful Church?', this set of powerpoint slides accompanies Tim Harle's video presentation, also available via this website.
Leading Transformational Change (slides) – Megan Seneque
From our 2018 conference 'Leaderful Church?', this set of powerpoint slides accompanies Megan Seneque's video presentation, also available via this website.
Leaderful Church: a storytelling approach (slides) – David Sims
From our 2018 conference 'Leaderful Church?', this set of powerpoint slides accompanies plenary speaker David Sims' video presentation, also available via this website.
An overview of the SWF Changing Church Conference
A summary of the SWF Changing Church conference and the issues that arose, with links to the conference materials.
A closing theological reflection from the SWF Changing Church Conference
In this video, Mark Wakelin provides a theological reflection on the SWF Changing Church conference and the issues that emerged.
SWF Changing Church Conference poetry reading
In this video, poet Lucy Berry reads one of her poems on the ‘death’ and ‘birth’ of church at the SWF Changing Church conference.
Who buys the coffee? The hidden power dynamics of change
In this video clip from the full workshop, Anna Ruddick describes an anecdote highlighting the unexpected learning that comes with change.
Workshop on accompanying faith organisations through transformational change
In this workshop from the SWF Changing Church conference, Keith Elford and Anna Ruddick present their case studies
Conference presentation: Embedding theological reflection at CAFOD
In this video, Susy Brouard presents her research project working with theological action research to investigate embedding theological reflection at CAFOD
Introduction to Theological Action Research
In this extract from her full presentation, Susy Brouard presents an overview of Theological Action Research as a methodology for faith-based social research.
Theological Action Research – a quick guide
A one-page overview of key features of Theological Action Research methodology
Annotated discussion of recommended readings on complexity theories and theology
In this resource document, Tim Harle provides an overview of the current literature on complexity theories and theology.
Annotated discussion of recommended readings on change management
In this resource document, Tim Harle provides an overview of current literature on the topic of change management, and an extensive bibliography.
Cockpit or Conductor? – embedding theological reflection in a Church agency
In this paper from the SWF Changing Church conference, Susy Brouard explores embedding theological reflection into CAFOD’s identity and practice using theological action research methodology.
Enabling transformational change: transforming the relational dimension
In this paper from the SWF Changing Church conference, Megan Seneque reflects on her experiences in social processes that enable the relational dimension at the heart of transformational change and transformative action.
The Daffodil, the Rose and the Hibiscus: exploring diversity in ministry
Ermal Kirby presents an overview of the initial findings of his research project exploring diversity in ministry across cultures
Changing Perceptions: literature and church
In this paper from the SWF Changing Church conference, David Dickinson presents some sources from literature that facilitate thinking about change in a church context.
Metanoia Precedes Management: reflections on theological learning, radical passivity, and the urge to organize
In this paper from the SWF Changing Church conference, Gary Hall reflects on “creatively disruptive” theological learning in community.
Christian Aid – from ‘them and us’ to ‘we’; reviewing internal leadership and management
In this case study from the SWF Changing Church conference, Esther Stevenson describes working with Christian Aid to review and change internal leadership and management practices.
Catholic Earthcare Australia – shifting the focus of an organisation
In this case study from the SWF Changing Church conference, Megan Seneque reflects on assisting Earthcare with conceptualising and implementing a strategy to broaden their focus.
The Eden Network – unintended change in urban ministry
In this case study from the SWF Changing Church conference, Anna Ruddick presents the outcomes of a qualitative research project exploring relationships between Eden team members and members of their urban communities.
Aire & Calder circuit – adapting church structure to maximise resources
In this case study from the SWF Changing Church conference, Colin Ride explains the process by which a new Methodist circuit was created out of four in the Leeds District.
The Diocese of Bangor – changing church for today’s context
In this case study from the SWF Changing Church conference, Siôn Rhys Evans describes how the Diocese of Bangor explored changes to make the church “fit for purpose” in today’s cultural context.
The Sisters of Nazareth – restructuring an organization for sustainability
In this case study from the SWF Changing Church conference, Keith Elford reflects on working with the Sisters of Nazareth, a Roman Catholic Religious Order, assessing and implementing a change process.
Pastoral Theology and Diaspora Community
In this reflection from the SWF Migration & Ministry conference, minister and not-for-profit practitioner Vaughan Jones presents a practice-oriented and theological reflection on migration, diaspora and ministry.
Notting Hill Methodist Church: ‘race relations’ in the 1960s
In this reflection from the SWF Migration & Ministry conference, Tank Green presents her research on Methodist ministers in 1960s London and the lessons for today.
Beyond the Box: Diversity, mediation and new models of demographic data profiling
Abstract of an article by Christopher Stephens and Lia Dong Shimada published in Mediation Theory and Practice Journal 1(2)
Theological reflections on migration, place and scripture
In this reflection from the SWF Migration & Ministry conference, Paul Nzacahayo and Rachel Starr consider scripture and the significance of geography and migration in their research contexts.
Gender binaries, Christian spirituality and the Bible
PhD student and pastor Shanon Ferguson's theological research into non-binary gender - 'Transgression, transfiguration, transcendence' - and the impact of gender views on the individual and the church.
Reconciling ministry and management?
A slide collection from Sue Miller outlining the work of the Susanna Wesley Foundation in developing research reconciling ministry and management.
Performance appraisal in the Methodist Church (slides)
A slide collection from a presentation by Anne-marie Greene, Sue Miller and Mark Wakelin on performace appraisal processes in the Methodist Church, presented at a BUIRA (British Universities Industrial Relations Association) event.
Learning from practice in ministerial formation
In this paper commissioned by the Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network of the Methodist Church, Luke Curran reports on a project carried out in order to gain 'insights from the experiences of practice-based formation and training in the churches and the professions'.
Communities of practice and the Methodist Church’s Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network
A report by Chris Bond, Sue Miller and Megan Seneque concerning the ways in which the DMLN has been engaging with the notion of communities of practice to promote and sustain transformational change.
Communal learning and pedagogy in contemporary Christian community
Clare Watkins and Sue Miller present a theological action research project on forming collaborative learning communities for discipleship and mission in contemporary Methodist Church practices and understanding.
Migration and ministry: re-aligning perspectives and practices
In this reflection from the SWF Migration & Ministry conference, Ermal Kirby offers an overview of the issues presented and discussed at the conference.
Leadership in Methodist schools: Headteachers, Chaplains and Methodist ministers
Anthony Thorpe and Sue Miller present research into the concept and discourse of leadership in the context of Methodist schools and colleges in England.
Stories of migration in word and image
In this video of her closing plenary talk from the SWF Migration & Ministry conference, Janice Price challenges participants to consider how their responses to migrants might have been impacted.
Art installation: triptych
In this video of his talk from the SWF Migration & Ministry conference, artist Ric Stott discusses how his art connects with the conference theme. He introduces Firas from Iraq and Pride from Cameroon who speak about their experiences.
Migration and ministry conference poems
In this video, poet Lucy Berry reads poems to close the SWF Migration & Ministry Conference
Fear, Fatigue, and Flourishing – A Few Questions and Thoughts
In this audio presentation, Susanna Snyder reflects on compassion fatigue, the creative arts, and the sustainability of the church's ministry to migrants.
Sanctuary and migration
In this video, Methodist minister Inderjit Bhogal reflects on the theme of sanctuary in relation to the conference theme of ministry and ministry.
Migration and mission
In this video from the SWF Migration & Ministry conference, Harvey Kwiyani reflects theologically on understandings of migration and the experience of migrants.
Names written on God’s hand
In this brief video, Christine Elliott of CTBI (Churches Together in Britain and Ireland) reflects on the importance of seeing people as individuals, not as numbers.
Canon Law and Episcopal Authority – book abstract
The abstract of SWF Director Christopher Stephens' 2015 book on canon law as the starting point for a new interpretation of divisions between East and West in the church after the death of Constantine.
Why we do what we do: changing the way we think about the church
Slides by Keith Elford from a one-day workshop about the nature of the church in organisational terms.
Studying the management of religious and faith-based organisations – where to go
Malcolm Torry presents an overview of a anticipated project looking at courses, research opportunities and literature on the topic of the management of religious and other faith-based organisations.
The pedagogical challenges of teaching ministerial theology to students from non-traditional community churches
Details of a project proposed by Richard Burgess, Mark Garner, Daniel Eshun and Anthony Thorpe to examine ministerial theological programmes seeking to widen participation for BAME and mature students
Reverse Missionaries: Migration, Theology and Cultural Change in the British Methodist Church
Details of a project proposed by Lia Dong Shimada exploring the case study of Methodist ministers who have migrated from Southern Africa, creating new expressions of Methodist culture, theology and practice in Britain.
Details of a research project by Lia Dong Shimada and Christopher Stephens looking at how demographic data is collected for monitoring purposes and seeking to develop more relevant and culturally sensitive approaches.
Resources project related to diversity
Information about SWF's project to compile a library of statements, publications and resources addressing questions of diversity.
Cultural diversity and Methodist circuit ministry
A research project by Ermal Kirby identifying how cultural background influences ministry and relationships in circuits.
Church and organisation
PhD student Keith Elford presents an overview of his doctoral research into the role that organisational theory does and could play in the Church.
Methodism, ministers and management
A paper by Yvonne Guerrier and Christopher Bond looking at how far presbyters think of themselves as managers - research which pre-dated the formation of the Foundation and has influenced its development.
Women and Leadership: a review of literature from the education sector
This paper by Anthony Thorpe draws on a large body of literature from education settings and highlights some findings around women's representation and the exercise of leadership.
Women and Leadership: a review of literature from the education sector – Executive Summary
A summary setting out the key findings from a review of the literature around women and leadership in education settings.
Flier for ‘Gender Diversity Leadership’ conference, 2015
The flier which was used to advertise the Foundation’s second conference –‘Gender Diversity Leadership’, June 2015.
Flier for ‘Ministry and Management: God and mammon’ conference, 2014
The flier which was used to advertise the Foundation’s first conference‘ - Ministry & management: God & mammon?’ – which took place in September 2014.
Professionalism and the Church
A paper by Christopher Stephens examining the interaction between secular business models, processes and practices, and the church
Research, practice and the professional Church minister
In this paper, Stephen Skuce explores the importance of the professional doctorate for Christian ministers, due to its focus on reflective practice as well as scholarly outcomes.
Creed or greed: what can the church learn from businesses founded on principles of faith (part 1)?
In this first part of the 'Creed or Greed' series, Nicholas Mayhew-Smith explores what faith-based organisations, including businesses, might offer the church in terms of business practices and models.
Creed or greed: what can the church learn from businesses founded on principles of faith (part 2)?
In this second part of the 'Creed or Greed' series, Nicholas Mayhew-Smith presents a literature review and conclusions examining what the church can learn from the business world.
An evaluation of a complexities approach to consultancy and change management within Methodist churches
This paper by Rodney Hill, explores various approaches to working with organisations and churches from his experience as a mission enabler in the Methodist Church, culminating in a complexities approach.
A critique of key debates and developments in equality and diversity research and a consideration of their relevance for the Churches
Powerpoint slides from a presentation by Anne-Marie Greene surveying equality and diversity research and its relevance for the Church.
Responses of Methodist ministers to ministerial development review: a case for research-led policy-making
Drawing on the responses of Methodist ministers to the policy of ministerial development review, a case is made for research-led policy making.
Leadership for public service: working with notions of co-creation of leadership and management roles
In this paper, Christopher Bond presents a model of leadership and management in public service roles based on the concept of co-creation as an alternative to current dominant approaches shaped by New Public Management ideologies.
Women in leadership in Methodism: a historical approach
Margaret Jones explores the opportunities for women in leadership in the Methodist Church, focusing on the early prominence of women in the movement.
Embodied approaches to management – incarnation as organisation
Charity Hamilton presents research into the impact of an approach to management and organisation that is centred on embodiment and incarnation
Ministry and management: convergence, divergence and prospects
Tim Harle explores the development of research and literature on the topic of ministry and management from the 1960s to the present day.