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The Diversity Quadrille: Will you join the Dance?
Ermal Kirby summarises the conclusions of his research project into cultural diversity and Methodist ministry.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cultural diversity and Methodist circuit ministry
A research project by Ermal Kirby identifying how cultural background influences ministry and relationships in circuits.
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.
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.
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.
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.