Welcome to the Methodist Church's Research Network
The network brings together people doing research for, in or relating to the Methodist Church in Britain. It has a range of tools which help to share information, work and resources, discuss and explore ideas, and provide updates on current research activities and events.
Getting started with the Methodist Research Network is simple and easy. Here are some things that you can do on the Methodist Research Network:
1. Fill out your MyPage to let others know more about your research interests and projects and your connection to the Methodist Church.
2. Share your current research interests and upload any work you wish to share through the Research Portfolio tool
3. Share photos and videos relating to research resources, activities and events
4. Join and create groups that bring people together around areas of work, institutional affiliation or other attributes.
5. Use the discussion pages to run your ideas by others and to ask for or share advice.
6. Read more about and contact the Research and Statistics Team at Methodist Church House
Please do invite your colleagues and fellow researchers to help this network expand and grow.
The topic of growth has been much debated and studied in recent years, but questions remain about what this means for the Methodist Church. The Research Officers in the Connexional Team are undertaking a significant piece of research looking at what 'growth' mean in the contemporary Methodist Church; where growth can be found; and the factors which encourage and inhibit that growth.
You can also engage through a group on this site to discuss the issues, talk about your work in this area or ask questions of the Research Team.
Rethinking Society for the 21st Century.Under the aegis of an Advisory Committee chaired by Amartya Sen, the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) brings together social scientists from all over the world. Their goal? Inspire the public to imagine answers to the challenges and transformations of our times.Today (2 Sept 16) we (IPSP) are opening up the first draft of the IPSP report for comments from the public. For this purpose, we have set up a commenting platform at…Continue
Just to share that the full text of the Colin Morris thesis 'Information made Intimate' is now at http://ptc.academia.edu/RevValOgden. Reactions and responses welcome. Will present on the 'transcriptive space' aspect at Seoul in Aug at the International Association of Mission Studies Assembly. Anyone else involved in this?
Glad to share that the PhD research project examining the ministry and mission of the Revd Dr Colin M Morris is now complete - the biggest blessing being that Colin himself was gracious enough to read it.I attach the abstract and his personal response for your interest, though he resolutely made no comment on my findings and conclusions. He has been stunningly generous.…Continue
The topic of growth has been much debated and studied in recent years, but questions remain about what this means for the Methodist Church. The Research Officers in the Connexional Team are undertaking a significant piece of research which seeks to answer 3 broad questions:
What does growth look like in the contemporary Methodist Church?
In the context of the Church, the term ‘growth’ is generally seen to refer to an increase in attendance at worship or of membership,…Continue
The recent Methodist Conference in Birmingham received a report on Statistics for Mission - the report can be found here.
The conference receives a statistics report every three years (the triennial report), and this paper looks in detail at the Church in this period. Work has also been carried out on data for the last ten years, and trends across this period of…Continue