We are a community of scholarship which aims to equip churches and those who work in them. The Foundation promotes dialogue, research and innovation of practical relevance to churches and faith communities.

We create and promote opportunities in research, dialogue and resource development in the areas of management, leadership and organisation for faith communities and religious institutions.

The work of the Foundation focuses on four overlapping themes:

Learning for management, leadership and ministry
Exploring the processes of equipping people for ministry and leadership in churches and faith communities, both lay and ordained.

Work, life and identity in ministry
Exploring ways in which those called to roles in churches shape their contributions and how this work impacts on identity and well-being.

Diversity in leadership and ministry
Exploring issues around difference, inclusion and participation in relation to leadership and ministry in churches and faith communities.

Governance, management and organisation in churches
Exploring structures, systems, decision-making and transformative change processes within churches and faith communities.

We encourage conversation and dialogue.
We value interdisciplinary study.
We promote action research.
We understand learning as a social process and organisations as complex systems.

Our agenda is transformation.

Explore our work here.



The Susanna Wesley Foundation is proud to support #DefaultVeg. At our meetings and events catering is vegetarian by default and anyone who wants meat can let us know. Limiting consumption of animal products has a wide range of benefits for the planet, for humans, and for animals. For further information, please see DefaultVeg and CreatureKind.