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MA Prize in mission, evangelism and church planting

Update: 2021 MA Mission Prize winner announced - Rev Daleen Ten Cate "A critical examination of the theological basis of a Christian Charity engaged in community ministry"

The Churches Together in England MA Prize is an annual award for the best thesis around the themes of mission, evangelism and church planting.

The prize consists of a £100 cash gift and an opportunity for the MA to appear in an edited format (6,000 words) in the recently launched journal Ecclesial Futures, published by Wipf and Stock.

Churches Together in England (CTE), alongside the Mission Research Network, is looking for high quality, recently passed MA theses to add to a small but growing repository of MAs and PhDs which will be made available on our website. Students can submit their work directly to CTE, or Theological Educational Institutions can propose the work of some of their best MA candidates.  As a guideline, to be considered for the prize the submission will normally have received a mark of high 60s into the 70s.
We are looking for MA work that potentially falls into the categories below, following the Ecclesial Futures outlines (with any empirical work focusing on the UK context):

  • Longitudinal studies in congregational development over three or more years.
  • Diagnoses of why different churches flourish or die. 
  • Ethnographic studies of the cultural changes required in ‘flourishing’ churches.
  • How local churches can learn to experiment and fail well, such that they learn.
  • How might a whole denomination transform itself towards embodying the mission of God?
  • Astute, hermeneutically aware bible scholarship on the future of the contemporary church.
  • Implications for theological education of the local church ‘as the hermeneutic of the gospel’.
  • Contextual studies of transformative churches from wide-ranging places – from the deeply secular to say, animist/shamanist contexts and everything in between.
  • What kind of leadership is required for the local church to embody the mission of God?
  • What does a local church need to know before it can engage in mission?
  • Systemic studies of local churches and the systems that support them.

However, we are also interested in receiving MA work that has a broader remit around mission and evangelism.

The deadline for submission is 30 April.

The Committee reserves the right not to award a prize in any given year, as well as the right not to designate a runner-up. The Committee’s decisions are final.

Judging panel for 2021

  • Dr Cathy Ross (Church Mission Society) - A member of the Mission Research Network
  • Rev Phyllis Thompson (New Testament Church of God) - A representative of one of CTE’s Member Churches
  • Rt Rev Michael Beasley, CTE Trustee

Criteria for Applicants

  • You will have completed a post-graduate degree at Master’s level with a dissertation in one of the fields specified above
  • You will normally have received the official notification of the dissertation mark during 2020/21.

Process for Applicants 

To apply, email

  • ‘MA Prize 2021’ in the subject line.
  • Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail.
  • The name of the course you studied and the institution where you studied.
  • The mark awarded for your dissertation.
  • Attaching a word document containing
    • The title of the dissertation and the abstract
    • The Thesis itself

Send your email by the deadline for submissions of the 30 April 2021

Read the 2021 winning MA dissertation "A critical examination of the theological basis of a Christian Charity engaged in community ministry" Rev Daleen Ten Cate

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