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BIAPT Special Interest Groups

BIAPT members represent a wide constituency of researchers and practitioners in different fields of practical theology. In recent years, a number of Special Interest Groups have been formed to encourage more focused academic and professional reflection in areas of particular current salience.

Any BIAPT member is welcome to convene a group which may be of interest to other members. If you wish to do so, please contact

Special Interest Groups are allocated time to meet during the annual conference, and have also sponsored occasional symposia with support from the association. For further information, please contact the relevant convenor below.

Groups may also have a bulletin board facility on Facebook where members are welcome to share information and professional discussions. Links to the relevant Facebook pages are shown below. Any member may register for regular alerts by clicking ‘Like’ on the Facebook page. If you are not already a member of Facebook, it is a simple process to sign up free of charge.


Any enquiries / suggestions / offers regarding this interest area to the BIAPT administrator.

Public Theology

Convenor: Graeme Smith

The Bible and Practical Theology Facebook Page

Convenors: Kevin Ellis and John Moxon

Theological Educators

Convenor: John Falcone
This group exists to provide a platform for critical discussion, conversation and peer support in the field of adult theological education, with particular emphasis on methodology and pedagogy. Occasional day or residential conferences may be arranged.

Mission Studies

Convenor: Nigel Rooms
The mission studies special interest group exists to network together anyone with an interest in the study of mission in a practical theology environment. We address major issues in contemporary mission and provide a forum for discussion, challenge and collaboration on responses to those issues. We offer annual day conferences and members can offer papers sharing their research and insights there or at the annual conference.

The 2019 day conference on Living Mission Interculturally with Anthony Gittins and Sharon Prentis will be held on May 14th. Details and booking form are available to download in either Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format.

Doctoral Students

Convenor: Monica McArdle
This group exists to provide networks for doctoral students in practical theology across the university programmes.


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