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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: 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 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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