Carey Research Conference 2017

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Come and join us for a celebration of Applied Theological Research

Each year the Carey research community gathers to share papers and interact with the latest research from thesis students and faculty.

Each year we are encouraged and stimulated by the biblical, theological, and applied research being conducted within our community. This year looks to be no different with topics that include (see below for full details):

  • Practicing cruciformity in response to conflict
    The Footprint of Witness
    Reinventing Pastoral Care Structures
    Our Stories: Journeying Together in an Appreciative Inquiry with all ages at Franklin Baptist Church
    Baptists and Sport in Aotearoa
    Isaiah’s Suffering Servant: individual or collective?
    Theosis: A Role in the Divine Drama
    Theological Interpretation of Scripture; A Contemporary Proposal
    One Spirit, Many Faiths: The Holy Spirit and Christian Mission in a Pluralistic Context
    Being Maori, Being Baptist: Kanohi ki te kanohi
    From Mission to Merger: New Zealand Baptists and the Maori Mission in the Lower Waikato
    Ko wai ahau? Who do you say that I am?
    New world beckoning: A report on Carey’s Bicultural Journey
    Mission as Home-Making: Understanding the God of Mission and the Mission of God

Full Programme Details here

Join us for two days of community, scholarship, and applied research.

In TED-Style talks, students present the fruit of their research and lead the community in a time of academic dialogue.

Carey’s research faculty also present papers on aspects of their current and ongoing research.

With a commitment to God’s Word, a passion for his world and an active engagement in the work of pastoral and missional service, the Carey community gathers to listen, learn and grow together into what God is saying and doing amongst us at this time.

Visitors and Friends of Carey are very welcome to join us. Please RSVP to [email protected]

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Rachel Roche

OUR STORIES: Journeying Together in an Appreciative Inquiry with all ages at Franklin Baptist Church

Franklin Baptist Church (FBC) has identified seven Key Strategic Focus Areas for 2017. The first is ‘All ages belonging, caring, growing and worshipping together as an intergenerational family.’ This sounds impressive but what does this look like and how does this happen?

I used Appreciative Inquiry (AI) methodology to gather the stories of our ‘best intergenerational moments’ from the whole congregation. People of all ages, ethnicities, gender and abilities shared unique and insightful stories that were used to help determine key success factors of the intergenerational journey. In light of these findings, we will imagine our future as an intergenerational church family and plan actions to meet this important strategic priority.

This seminar will explore the processes undertaken with AI at FBC to date, present current analysis and discuss possibilities to be pursued in the future.

The project is due for completion June 2019.


Phil Halstead

Reimagining Pastoral Care: What pastoral care looks like at St. Augustine’s

More detail to come


Ken Keyte

Practicing cruciformity in response to conflict

The “knack” of cruciformity in response to conflict: Application of practice theory to the dispute between Euodia and Syntyche (Phil 1:27-4:9) Ken Keyte

Every pastor deals with conflict between church members, the outcome of which has the potential to affect the whole church. In Philippians 4:2-3 Paul addresses a conflict between two prominent church members. This paper examines how he handles their dispute in light of practice theory- a social theory that helps identify what guides people’s actions.  Rather than attempting to resolve their disagreement, practice theory reveals a greater goal in mind- the “knack” of cruciformity in response to conflict.


John Tucker

“Baptists and Sport in Aotearoa”

This paper traces New Zealand Baptist rhetoric on sport between 1882 and 2011. It demonstrates that Baptist attitudes toward sport have tended to oscillate between two poles: opposition and coalition. Baptists have tended to denounce sport as an enemy of religion or deploy sport as an instrument of religion. The paper concludes with reflections on the relationship between sport, discipleship, and ministry, and argues that the churches of Aotearoa need to recover this double-stranded approach.


Csilla Saysell (30 mins)

Isaiah’s Suffering Servant: individual or collective?

Scholars have long been divided over the identity of the famous ‘Suffering Servant’ passage in Isa 53. Does the prophet describe an individual or a collective? Typically, Jewish commentators tend to interpret the servant as either Israel or the righteous remnant, i.e. as a collective. On the other hand, Christian scholars emphasise the individual aspects of the text, since they see its fulfilment in Jesus. The division of scholarly opinion, however, may suggest that the text is deliberately ambiguous and admits both interpretations. In this paper I explore the possibility of how this ambiguity may enrich the theological understanding of the Servant’s role.


George Wieland (1 hour)

Mission as Home-Making: Understanding the God of Mission and the Mission of God

Mission may be envisaged in many ways. One of the less expected images might be that of home-making. This paper will consider whether the Bible’s story of mission might be told in terms of God’s home-making project. Could this perspective illuminate aspects of the character and purpose of God? And if so, what implications could be drawn for our participation in the Mission of God at a time in human history when more people than ever before are on the move, and in search of home?


Phil Halstead

Reinventing Pastoral Care Structures

Pastoral care is an essential component of all church ministries, yet since no two contexts are identical it is necessary to ascertain what pastoral care looks like in each specific context. This paper outlines how the use of James D Whitehead and Evelyn Eaton Whitehead’s Model and Method for Theological Reflection has helped to formulate a pastoral care plan in a new church-planting context. The paper outlines the Whitehead’s model and explains how it can be used in other contexts, describes some of the problems encountered in implementing the model, and outlines the pastoral care points that comprise the pastoral care plan for this stage of St Augustine’s development.


Myk Habets

One Spirit, Many Faiths: The Holy Spirit and Christian Mission in a Pluralistic Context. Bangalore:

Christianity has always been a polarizing faith. Indeed, all the Abrahamic faiths are polarizing for they claim exclusivity and total commitment. To ‘outsiders’ of these three religious movements, such exclusive and totalizing claims appear arrogant, aggressive, and intolerant. This creates unwanted but perhaps not unwarranted tensions between families, tribes, cities, and societies. What contribution can a Third Article theology make to the conversation?