Harvest Research Conference


Harvest Research Conference

Promoting practical theology to equip leaders who are actively engaged in Christian ministry.

The annual research conference of Harvest has been running since 2012, with the goal of stimulating research within and beyond the College and giving faculty, students and visitors a place to present the results of their research into ministry areas. We’ve investigated themes such as “Redefining Christian Ministry for 21st Century Contexts” (2012), “Multiple Perspectives on Ministry” (2013), “Cultural Perspectives on Ministry” (2014) and “Church and Ministry: a Contemporary Voice” (2015) and many of the papers were reshaped for journals and even a book.

With this purpose in mind, we launched our Journal of Contemporary Ministry in 2015 to provide an extra, more permanent, record of the research presented at the conference as well as research from “outside.”

This year we are discussing “Can Theology be Practical?”

August 25 & 26, 2016

Can theology be practical?

Our keynote speaker this year is Professor Mark Cartledge, Professor of Practical Theology at Regent University, USA and the authors of several books on practical theology from a charismatic perspective, such as Practical Theology (Paternoster, 2003) and The Mediation of the Spirit (Eerdmans, 2015).

Call for papers

We invite interested scholars, including postgraduate students, lecturers and ministers, to submit proposals for papers to be given at this year’s conference. You might especially consider something along these lines:

  • The concept of practical theology.
  • How the discourse of practical theology has developed over the past century.
  • How theology relates to ministry “at the coalface.”
  • Any topic related to practical theology and contemporary ministry.

Submitting a paper proposal

Proposals are to be around 200 words in length and should contain:

  • A working title.
  • A clear description of the ideas and arguments you will present.
  • Details of you as presenter, including previous and current studies and presentation experience.

Please send your proposal before 31st of May to Dr Jon Newton, Harvest Bible College, P.O. Box 9183, Scoresby, VIC 3179 or to jnewton@harvest.edu.au / +61 3 8799 1154.

Attending the conference

All are welcome to attend the conference. The early bird rate for the conference is $80 ($60 for students) if you register before 10th of August. Enquiries to Dr Jon Newton.