1st Edition

Evangelicals Engaging in Practical Theology Theology that Impacts Church and World

Edited By Helen Morris, Helen Cameron Copyright 2022
    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book aims to introduce a distinctively evangelical voice to the discipline of practical theology. Evangelicals have sometimes seen practical theology as primarily a ‘liberal’ project. This collection, however, actively engages with practical theology from an evangelical perspective, both through discussion of the substantive issues and by providing examples of practical theology done by evangelicals in the classroom, the church, and beyond. This volume brings together established and emerging voices to debate the growing role which practical theology is playing in evangelical and Pentecostal circles. Chapters begin by addressing methodological concerns, before moving into areas of practice. Additionally, there are four short papers from students who make use of practical theology to reflect upon their own practice. Issues of authority and normativity are tackled head on in a way that will inform the debate both within and beyond evangelicalism. This book will, therefore, be of keen interest to scholars of practical, evangelical, and Pentecostal theology.


    Helen Morris and Helen Cameron

    Part I – Engaging with the Discipline

    1 Practical Theology and Evangelicalism: Methodological Considerations

    Andy Thomas

    2 Practical Theology in the Mode of Prophetic Imagination

    Chloe Lynch

    3 The Role of Teleology in Practical Theology

    Alistair McKitterick

    4 A wonderful plan for my life? Pete Ward’s ‘The Gospel and Change’ in Dialogue with

    Charles Taylor

    Helen Morris

    Part II – Engaging with Education

    5 From the Boy in the Temple to the Man on the Road: The Maturing Role of Practical

    Theology in the Life of the Church

    Helen Cameron

    6 Evangelicals Learning Practical Theology: Autobiographical Reflections

    Andrew Rogers

    7 Developing Reflective Practitioners: Evangelical Ordinands’ Engagement with

    Theological Reflection

    Elizabeth Hoare

    Part III – Engaging with Practice

    8 Educating for the Common Good: Engaging Truth in a World of Ideas

    Olwyn Mark

    9 Salvation’s Song

    Matt Spencer

    Part IV – Engagement by Students

    10 Developing Critical Thinking within the Context of Small Group Bible Studies

    Isaac McNish

    11 Theodrama: A Contemporary Application

    Sam Norman

    12 Creating Space: A Reflection on Chaplaincy work in a Local Day-Hospice

    Fiona Moore

    13 An Elim Community Pneumatologically Engaged in Corporate Theological Reflection -

    Sheryl Arthur

    Part V – Theology that Impacts Church and World

    14 Evangelical Practical Theology: The Past, the Present and the Possible Future

    Mark J Cartledge

    Conclusion - Prospects for an Evangelical Practical Theology

    Helen Morris and Helen Cameron


    Helen Morris is Head of Postgraduate Studies at Moorlands College, UK.

    Helen Cameron is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Baptist Studies, Regent’s Park College, Oxford and a Research Fellow at Wesley House, Cambridge.