Ecclesial Practices

Journal of Ecclesiology and Ethnography

Ecclesial Practices publishes articles and book reviews at the intersection of ethnographic and other qualitative approaches with theological approaches to the study of a variety of ecclesial practices and contexts of practice. These might include churches, congregations, other (new and emerging) ecclesial communities, virtual ecclesial communities and local, national, and international expressions of para-church organizations.

The journal maintains a special interest in a breadth of systematic-theological perspectives, including the doctrine of the church, as they relate to qualitative study of emerging and existing ecclesial communities and practices. The journal seeks contributions offering critical discussions of processes and programs for ecclesial renewal and development, as well as examinations of new forms of being church. It aims to broaden and advance research at an international level which contributes to a deeper understanding of 'church in practice' in a global context.

The journal is an initiative of the Ecclesiology and Ethnography Network.

The journal will include articles that are:
(a) empirical studies of churches, congregations and other ecclesial communities, together with studies of particular ecclesial practices;
(b) theological studies of ecclesial communities and practices, engaging with empirical studies;
(c) critical discussions of processes and programs for congregational renewal and development, as well as new forms of being church;
(d) an exploration of Christian doctrine, including doctrine of the church, as it relates to empirical study of contemporary ecclesial communities and practices;
(e) discussions of methodological issues with regard to ecclesiological research;
(f) discussions of the implications of new technologies and digital cultures for congregational life, and of related methods of enquiry.

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Editor-in-Chief:
Henk de Roest (Protestant Theological University, Groningen, The Netherlands)

Deputy Editor:
Paul Fiddes (University of Oxford, UK)

Book Review Editors:
Rein Brouwer (Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Malan Nel (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

Editorial Board:
Helen Cameron (University of Oxford, UK)
Heidi A. Campbell (Texas A & M University, USA)
Mary McClintock-Fulkerson (Duke University Divinity School, USA)
Harald Hegstad (MF/Norwegian School of Theology, Religion & Society, Norway)
Ralph Kunz (University of Zürich, Switzerland)
Paul Murray (Durham University, UK)
Uta Pohl-Patalong (University of Kiel, Germany)
Chris Scharen (Auburn Seminary, USA)
Pete Ward (Durham University, UK / MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion & Society, Norway)
Todd Whitmore (Notre Dame University, USA)
Natalie Wigg-Stevenson (University of Toronto, Canada)

Editorial Assistant:
Simon Hill (King’s College London, UK)

Advisory Board:
Jeff Astley (Durham University, UK)
Luke Bretherton (Duke University, USA)
Eileen Campbell-Reed (Luther Seminary, St Paul, USA)
Mark Cartledge (Regent University, USA)
Claudio Carvalhaes (Lutheran School of Theology at Philadelphia, USA)
Julie Clague (University of Glasgow, UK)
Mary Clark Moschella (Yale Divinity School, USA)
Alister McGrath (King's College London, UK)
Tamara Grdzelidze (WCC, Geneva, Switzerland)
Matthew Guest (Durham University, UK)
Meerha Hahn (Hoseo University, South Korea)
Nicholas Healy (St. John's University, UK)
Jurgen Hendriks (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Steve Holmes (St Andrews University, UK)
Christine Hong (Claremont School of Theology, USA)
Jianbo Huang (Renmin University Beijing, China)
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (Fuller Seminary, USA)
Karen Kilby (Durham University, UK)
Harvey Kwiyani (Independent scholar, Malawi)
Gerard Mannion (Georgetown University, USA)
Paul Murray (Durham University, UK)
Martyn Percy (University of Oxford, UK)
Andrew Rogers (Roehampton University, UK)
Valburga Schmiedt Streck (Escola Superior de Teologia, Brasil)
Nicola Slee (Queens Foundation Birmingham, UK)
Brian Stone (Boston University, USA)
John Swinton (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Steve Taylor (Uniting College for Leadership and Theology Adelaide, Australia)
Claire Watkins (University of Roehampton, UK)