Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Contemporary Ministry will act as a place for reporting research and discussing issues related to contemporary ministry, including related theological and biblical questions.

Its goals are to:                

  • Stimulate informed discussion regarding issues faced by contemporary Christian churches and ministries worldwide.
  • Encourage research, including empirical research, into diverse forms and contexts of contemporary ministry and the practical, theological and biblical issues that arise from ministry practice.
  • Enable students and graduates in postgraduate Ministry programs to speak to a wider audience.
  • Build the credibility of Ministry as a field of study and research.

The Journal of Contemporary Ministry will provide a specific forum for Harvest Bible College research students and faculty, and other interested people, to publish the results of their research.

It will also provide a potential publishing venue for paper presenters at Harvest’s annual research conference.

The Journal of Contemporary Ministry will contain these kinds of material:

  • Peer-reviewed articles based on scholarly research (empirical or theological) into diverse forms and contexts of contemporary ministry, and the practical, theological and biblical issues that arise from ministry practice.
  • Comments pieces that contribute viewpoints, based on personal experience or theological reflection, on contemporary ministry issues. These may be responses to articles from the Journal.
  • Book reviews and/or notes of new publications related to contemporary ministry.
  • Articles contributed by postgraduate students which would also be refereed but may not come up to the level required in the first category.
  • A list of recent doctoral research theses completed on contemporary ministry relevant to this journal’s focus.

 The material we invite covers such topics as:

  • Results of empirical research into aspects of contemporary Christian ministry, e.g. youth ministry, children’s ministry, pastoral counselling, pastoral leadership, intercultural ministry.
  • Theological and biblical reflection on issues that have arisen from the practices of contemporary Christian churches and ministries, e.g. manifestations of the Spirit, worship styles, leadership culture, interfaith matters, political and social engagement, etc.
  • Underlying theological questions that lie behind Christian ministry issues, e.g. the role of women’s ministry in local churches, ethnic identity, ordination, apostleship.
  • Proposals for new expressions or forms of Christian ministry based on social analysis, e.g. how to reach specific sub-cultures.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Editors
  • Jon Newton
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Keynote Address

Keynote address papers from Harvest's Annual Research Conference

Editors
  • Jon Newton
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Peer Reviewed Articles

Editors
  • Jon Newton
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Research Notes

The articles in this section are not peer-reviewed as are the other articles. They are, however, reviewed by the editor and it is expected that these articles will be written in an academic form and at a level of quality similar to other articles.

‘Research notes’, however, are shorter pieces, usually between 2,000 and 3,000 words in length, making them about half the length of a full article. They provide an opportunity for students, scholars and researchers to share information about projects that are underway or about information that has been released that will be of interest to others, before the projects or analysis has been completed. Hence, these Research Notes encourage feedback which can contribute to the on-going project.

Abstracts are not required for Research Notes.

The criteria by which materials will be accepted for Research Notes will be:

  1. The article contributes new information or theories that will be useful to other scholars and professionals working in ministry.
  2. The article is written in an appropriate academic form for publication in the Journal.

Editors
  • Philip Hughes
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Pastoral Reflections

Editors
  • Astrid Staley
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Student Articles

Editors
  • Astrid Staley
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Theses Listing

Editors
  • Kerrie Stevens
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Book Reviews

Editors
  • Clayton Coombs
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Forthcoming Conferences

Editors
  • Kerrie Stevens
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Peer Review Process

The Journal of Contemporary Ministry will feature a 'double blind' peer review of all major articles. Comments may be posted to articles.

 

Publication Frequency

The Journal of Contemporary Ministry will start as an annual publication and develop as the number of submissions dictates. Each issue will be discrete, ie: material will not be added to an existing issue.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Contemporary Ministry is comprised of:

  • Professor Emeritus, The Rev Gary D. Bouma, AM - Monash University; Former Chair of Harvest Bible College Academic Board; Sociologist; Anglican Priest, prolific author.
  • Rev Dr Peter Carblis – Senior Chaplain, Churches of Christ in NSW; former principal Tabor NSW, Australia.
  • Rev Prof Mark Cartledge – Director of the Center for Renewal Studies, Regent University, School of Divinity, USA.
  • Rev Prof Darren Cronshaw - Head of Research and Professor of Missional Leadership, Australian College of Ministries (SCD); Pastor, Auburn Life Baptist Church; Honorary Research Fellow, University of Divinity, Australia.
  • Rev Dr David Jakobsen - Assistant Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark.
  • Rev Dr Julie Ma - Associate Professor of Missions and Intercultural Studies, Undergraduate College of Theoloft and Ministry, Oral Roberts University, USA.
  • Rev Dr Cheryl McCallum – Former Principal, Eastern College Australia, Australia.
  • Rev Dr Soong-Chan Rah- Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary, USA.
  • Rev Dr Michelle Sanders – Head of Art and Community Development, Eastern College Australia; Missional church planter and Pastor, Kaleidoscope Community, Melbourne, Australia; Founder and Director of Art and Soul; artist and author.
  • Assoc Prof Juhani Tuovinen – Australian Institute of Business, Australia; Senior Research Fellow, Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning, Australia.
  • Prof Amos Yong – Professor of Theology and Mission and Director of Center for Missiological Research, School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA.

 

Editorial Team

The Editorial Team of the Journal of Contemporary MInistry is comprised of:

  • Dr Jon Newton - (Program Director for the Doctor of Ministry, Alphacrucis  College); Editor.
  • Ms Kerrie Stevens – (Campus Librarian, Alphacrusis College); Journal Manager, Layout Editor.
  • Dr Philip Hughes - (Research Fellow, Alphacrucis College); Section Editor for Research Notes.

  • Rev Dr Clayton Coombs - (Academic Dean, Planetshakers College), Book Review Editor.

 

Indexed In

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