Prizes

BIAPT Prizes for Practical Theology

Each year, BIAPT offers two prize categories. Submissions for 2019 are now open. Click below for PDF downloads of the information, or see below for full details on-screen.

 

BIAPT Annual Dissertation Prize for Masters Students in Practical Theology

The British and Irish Association of Practical Theology (BIAPT) brings together practitioners, researchers, teachers and students for mutual support and learning. The aims of this prize are to acknowledge excellent research undertaken by Masters students and to encourage students to see BIAPT as an on-going community of learning and reflection during and after their studies.

The prize is worth £200 plus a free place at the 2019 BIAPT conference. The winning dissertation and runner-up (if designated) will have their title and abstract posted on the BIAPT website.

Criteria for Applicants

  • You will have completed a post-graduate degree at Masters level with a substantial component (60 credits) in practical, pastoral or public theology.
  • You will normally have received the official notification of the dissertation mark during 2018/19.
  • You are a current member of BIAPT.
  • You must be willing to attend the BIAPT conference in Liverpool from 8 – 11 July 2019.

The Prize Committee will be chaired by Dr Andrew Rogers. 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.

Process for Applicants

Please send an e-mail to prizes@biapt.org giving the following information:

  • ‘Masters Dissertation Prize 2019’ in the subject line.
  • Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail (please bear in mind we may need to contact you between May and June 2019).
  • The name of the course you studied and the institution where you studied.
  • The title of your dissertation.
  • The mark awarded for your dissertation.

To the e-mail please attach a Word Document containing only:

  • The title of the dissertation and the abstract.
  • An extract of up to 3000 words from the conclusions.

Short listed candidates will be invited to submit a full copy of their dissertation.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome by 7th June 2019.

The deadline for receipt of submission e-mails is 1st May 2019. Please check carefully that all the information requested is supplied as we cannot follow up incomplete applications. Unsuccessful applicants will benefit from an early bird conference rate, even after the early bird deadline.

If you are not a member of BIAPT you can join at our Join BIAPT page.

BIAPT Annual Publishable Article Prize for Practical Theology

The British and Irish Association of Practical Theology (BIAPT) brings together practitioners, researchers, teachers and students for mutual support and learning. The aims of this prize are to acknowledge and publish excellent research undertaken by BIAPT members in the form of a publishable article. The prize is aimed at those who have, to date, little or no publishing record, and will not be awarded to anyone with a substantial publishing record.

The prize is worth £200 plus a free place at the 2019 BIAPT conference and the publication of your article in the journal Practical Theology. The winning article will have its title and abstract posted on the BIAPT website.

Criteria for Applicants

  • You have a recent and relevant publishable article which meets the criteria for publications within the journal Practical Theology and is no longer than 6,000 words.  For details, please see Aims and Scope and Instructions for Authors but DO NOT submit the article in the usual way through Editorial Manager. Submit as directed below.
  • You are a current member of BIAPT.
  • You have no more than one previously published article in the field of Practical Theology.
  • You must be willing to attend the BIAPT conference in Liverpool from 8 – 11 July 2019.

The Prize Committee will be chaired by Professor Nicola Slee. The Committee reserves the right not to award a prize in any given year. The Committee’s decisions are final.

Process for Applicants

Please send an e-mail to prizes@biapt.org giving the following information:

  • ‘Publishable Article Prize 2019’ in the subject line.
  • Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail (please bear in mind we may need to contact you between May and June 2019).
  • The title and abstract of your publishable article.

To the e-mail please attach a Word Document containing only:

  • The publishable article, meeting the criteria and in the format for submissions to the journal Practical Theology without any identifying features (i.e. do not include your name or anything within the article that would identify you as the author).

All applicants will be notified of the outcome by 7th June 2019.

The deadline for receipt of e-mails and articles is 1st May 2019. Please check carefully that all the information requested is supplied as we cannot follow up incomplete applications. Unsuccessful applicants will benefit from an early bird conference rate, even after the early bird deadline.

If you are not a member of BIAPT you can join at our Join BIAPT page.

This page lists the awards made in earlier years. Click on the appropriate link for downloads.

MA Dissertation prize

2018 BIAPT Dissertation Prize Winner – Rev’d Andrew J Scholes
“What contribution can the Celtic ‘soul-friend’ make when considering contemporary one-to-one approaches to discipleship and spiritual formation?”

2013 BIAPT Dissertation Prize Winner – Paul Ede
“Urban eco-mission: Healing the Land in the Post-industrial City. How can Clay Community Church more faithfully perform brownfield rehabilitation for community use?”

2012 BIAPT Dissertation Prize Winner – Catherine Duce
“Church-based work with the homeless”

The runners up for this year’s dissertation prize were
Clare Radford – “The character of Christian faithfulness in contemporary community transformation projects.”
Kathryn Wehr – “Patristic and contemporary evangelical visions of the celibate life.”

2011 BIAPT Dissertation Joint Prize Winners – Pauline Reid
“Bloody Joy: How does the experience of birth and mothering enrich our understanding of priesthood?”

Peter Gubi – “The similarities and differences between counselling and spiritual accompaniment”

Highly commended this year: Mark Clayton, Peter Laws, Vincent Manning, Abigail Sines and Loraine Turner

2010 BIAPT Dissertation Prize Winner – Anne Holmes
“Choose Your Companions From Among the Best”

The runners up for this year’s dissertation prize were:
Victoria Declaudure – “Permitted to Preach? Women’s Ministry among Evangelicals in France”
Tracy Robinson – “Liturgy and Identity: What Does the Liturgy Make of Me?”
Susan Stevenson – “Street Pastors in Lambeth: A Reflection on Partnership in Ministry”

2009 BIAPT Dissertation Prize Winner – Jill Harshaw
“The Prophetic Role of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in Contemporary Christianity”

The runners up for this year’s dissertation prize were:
Quentin Chandler  – “What is a Pastoral Assistant? Reflections in Parochialism and Catholicity in Pastoral Care”
Mark Greenwood – “Capacity Development for Christian Social Action in the Ceará United Baptist Churches’ Convention, Brazil”
Stephen Lingwood – “What are the Prospects for a Unitarian Process Evangelism Course?”

2008 BIAPT Dissertation Prize Winner – Richard Sudworth
“Towards a Theology of Mission Amongst Muslims in a Post July 7th Britain” Spurgeon’s College

In a context of increasing suspicion of religious claims to exclusivism and the apparent dangers of fundamentalism, is it any longer tenable for Christians to consider a missionary vocation amongst Muslims?

The study begins by analysing Islam in Britain and in particular, the internal debate within Islam as to solutions to identity as a minority in the west. This analysis reveals the diversity and fluidity of Islamic British identity. The second stage of the research presents the results of interviews and questionnaires with twenty leading Christian academics and practitioners in the field of Islam and interfaith studies. The questionnaires seek to draw out principles and core themes in the Christian-Muslim interface and suggest the need for an inclusive missiology that can hold together both witness and dialogue.

The final portion of the research examines the theological resources available to Christians that support a witness and dialogue synthesis sufficient to address the diversity and fluidity of British Islamic identity.

The study concludes that a Trinitarian model of relatedness, configured in hopeful vulnerability, offers a way forward for a missionary engagement with Muslims in Britain that allows for subjective witness. This unpredictable and humble approach to relationships avoids the totalising of the Muslim and allows for an expectant and hopeful response from Muslims reflective of the fluidity and diversity within Islam. Such a model of mission is able to see Muslims as gifts to the church, authenticating and deepening the church’s Christian identity.

Runners up:
Matthew G – “Crossing the Line – Reflections on some Chinese house-church Christians’ experiences with the Three-Self Church”
University of Wales (through Spurgeon’s College)

As one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the world, the continuing story of the Church in China has a special fascination for many Christians around the world. But what are we to make of the conflicting accounts and stories emanating from the independent house-churches and the state-approved ‘Three-Self Church’? And is the divide between the two really that clear? This dissertation explores how meta-narratives regarding the Church in China compete for our attention. Based on a series of interviews with local house-church believers in West China, who are themselves involved to varying degrees with the Three-Self Church, the author goes on to show how some Christians find themselves ‘caught in the middle’ and in search of a workable and meaningful ecclesiology. Through reflecting on the some of historical and theological links between the Three-Self Movement and Anglicanism, the author (not himself from the Anglican tradition) proposes some elements which might in future help Christians from outside the Three-Self movement to engage more constructively with it.

Eleanor Williams – “For as long as it takes: Factors Affecting Fresh Expressions of Church in Urban Contexts”
Anglia Ruskin University

The Church in the UK is in decline, with falling attendances, weakening influence, and ‘The end of Christendom’. Signs of hope are appearing: new ways of being church seeking to engage with contemporary culture. In the ‘mixed economy’ inherited expressions of church are becoming ‘mission-shaped’, looking outward, becoming more culturally attuned. Fresh expressions seek to reach those who would not come to church, by going out, becoming incarnate, in contexts and groups, rather than expecting people to ‘come in’. Significant questions are about sustainability and future development towards becoming a mature church; whether the consumerist agenda is too influential; and whether there is too little engagement with the poor. I have addressed these questions by hearing from leaders of fresh expressions in urban deprived areas which have ended, those which are continuing, and also inherited churches becoming mission-shaped.

Fresh expressions in urban deprived areas have taken seriously ‘God’s bias to the poor’, moving into poor areas, spending time building relationships, serving and listening. Key issues are about having a clear vision; listening to the context, allowing that to shape the fresh expression; beginning with sufficient resources of people, finance and time; having accountability and support structures set up; developing mutually enriching relationships with the wider church; and building in processes for theological reflection. Problems that have arisen have usually been related to these factors.

For the future, key areas to explore are about clarifying how inherited and fresh expressions come together in the ‘mixed economy’, how to move towards maturity, how to nurture leaders and prevent ‘burn-out, and how to develop sustainable, simple models of church with indigenous leadership. A theology of ‘dying to live’ and a commitment to following the example of Christ may be the most significant sustaining factors.