Rev Mark Johnston
- Tutor in Pastoral Studies (Theology & Religious Studies)
I joined Theology and Religious Studies in 2020 from New Zealand where for the past decade I was a lecturer and theological field educator with Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership, the theological college of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ). I am an ordained Minister of both the PCANZ and Church of Scotland, and a former Secondary School Teacher and then educator with Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship. I have led a parish in Wellington New Zealand and served over five years with the Church of Scotland in New Charge Development and community enterprise in Aberdeen. I completed my Doctorate in Ministry with Alan Roxburgh and Mark Lau Branson through Fuller Theological Seminary with an action research project and thesis in ordained leader missional capacities.
My research interests lie with ecclesial innovation and leadership studies in the context of missiology. This intersects with ecclesiology. I am currently situated in Church of Scotland but interested in church leadership, change and innovation within the wider Reformed traditions.
• Missional Leadership & Church Change
• Ecclesial Innovation
• Practical Theology
WORKSHOPS & CONSULTANCY IN CHURCH INNOVATION, CONTEXT AND CHANGE
I have conducted numerous workshops, presentations and consultancy for church organisations, governance groups and church agencies in the past decade in New Zealand. These address issues of interpreting contextual change, missiology and framing theological inquiry, and developing strategic responses.
SELECTED ENTERPRISE ACTIVITY
Director and Trainer, The Lighthouse. Church Innovation Incubator. Auckland. 2017,2018,2019.
I was commissioned by the Knox Centre of Ministry & Leadership and Presbyterian Change Agency (Press Go) to develop a national church entrepreneurship weekend, to provide an innovation incubator for church groups. A partnership with a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship in the Auckland University Business School along with original tools and processes developed by myself and a colleague enabled a model to emerge, that I directed for three years.
Inaugural Lecture: “Uneasy Rider? The Challenge to a Ministry of Word & Sacrament in a Post-Christian Missional Climate” Knox Centre for Ministry & Leadership. (KCML) Dunedin. 10 Feb 2012. (unpublished)
Keynote: “Renovating Presbyterian Ministry Education” Culture, Context & Community in Field Education. Australia-New Zealand Association of Theological Field Educators (ANZATFE) Auckland, 2-4 Dec 2013 (unpublished)
Keynote: “Christ Plays in 10,000 Places” General Assembly Minister’s Day. Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand. (PCANZ). Dunedin, 15 Nov 2016.
Seminar: “God is in the Neighbourhood too” Reimagining Home. Australian Association of Mission Studies (AAMS) Melbourne, 2-5 July 2017 (unpublished)
Seminar: “Re-designing Field Education for Missional Leadership Skills, Postures and Innovation.” Pedagogical Practices for Formation. Australia-New Zealand Association of Theological Field Educators (ANZATFE) Sydney, 5-7 Dec 2017 (unpublished)
Seminar: “Trusting the Missio Dei in the Midst of Mission Innovation Education” Mission Hui for International Mission Educators. Church Missionary Society. (CMS) Oxford, 15-17 July 2019 (published)