Professor Peter Ward
My academic research has its origins in the practice of mission and ministry in the Christian Church. For more than 15 years I worked as Christian youth worker and then 5 years working as Archbishop of Canterbury’s Adviser for Youth Ministry. It was the experience of working with young people and the issues around ecclesiology and mission that this raised that generated a number of my publications including Youthwork and the Mission of God (SPCK 1997), Liquid Church (Paternoster 2002) and Participation and Mediation: a Practical Theology for the Liquid Church (SCM 2008). My doctoral research developed these concerns by examining the phenomenon of contemporary worship. This research drew upon cultural studies and theology and it was published as Selling Worship (Paternoster 2005). My interest in theology and popular culture has been a significant feature of my research. I was part of the group that founded the Religion, Media and Popular Culture Network in the UK and more recently I wrote on celebrity worship Gods Behaving Badly (Baylor University Press 2011). I currently teach Religion Media and Popular Culture, which is a strand in the Research Project and Colloquium second year undergraduate module. I also teach a Masters Module in Ecclesiology and Ethnography.
In 1996 I joined to King’s College London where I established the DThM and the Masters Programmes in Theology and Ministry. In 2012 I became Professor of Theology and Ministry at King’s. I am currently Chair of the Ecclesiology and Ethnography Network (https://www.ecclesiologyandethnography.net) and I was editor of the Journal Ecclesial Practices published by Brill. I am one of the co-ordinators for the Ecclesial Practices Group at the AAR. The Ecclesiology and Ethnography Network hold their annual conference in Durham at St John’s College. There is a book series linked to the network and I edited the first volume, which was published as Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography (Eerdmans 2012). I am Programme Director for the DThM in Durham, which is co-taught with Cranmer Hall. Alongside my appointments in Durham I am also Professor of Practical Theology (Professor II) at the Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo and Professor of Practical Theology (Professor II) at NLA University College in Bergen.
I welcome enquiries from students who want to discuss the possibility doctoral work on an aspect of the contemporary Church. All of my current students are using theologically informed approaches to qualitative empirical research to examine an aspect of the Christian community. These include, The Identity of Roman Catholic Young People in England, The ecclesial significance of a Christian Skateboard Park in Canada, the ecclesiology of Urban Saints, the theology of New Missional Communities and the relationship between the local church and Anglican lay people who volunteer. I have a particular interest in issues of gospel and culture, mission studies, contemporary ecclesiology including Fresh Expressions and Anglican Ecclesiology. I have had a long interest in all aspects of youth ministry, popular culture and the Church and the study of contemporary worship.
- Ward, Pete (2019). Celebrity Worship. London: Routledge.
- Ward, Pete (2017). Introducing Practical Theology: Mission, Ministry, and the Life of the Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
- Ward, Pete (2017). Liquid Ecclesiology: The Gospel and The Church. Leiden Boston: Brill.
- Percy, Martyn & Ward, Pete (2014). Wisdom in the Spirit: Gospel, Church and Culture. Ashgate Contemporary Ecclesiology. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.
- Pete Ward (2012). Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography. Studies in Ecclesiology and Ethnography. Eerdmans.
- Pete Ward (2008). Mass Culture: The Interface of Eucharist and Mission. BRF.
- Pete Ward (2004). The Rite Stuff. BRF.
- Pete Ward (2011). God's Behaving Badly: Media Religion and Celebrity Culture. Baylor University Press.
- Pete Ward (2008). Particiption and Mediation: A Practical Theology for the Liquid Church. SCM Press.
- Pete Ward (2005). Selling Worship. Paternoster press.
- Pete Ward (2002). Liquid Church. Paternoster press.
- Pete Ward (1997). Youthwork and the Mission of God. SPCK.
- Pete Ward (1996). Growing Up Evangelical: Youthwork and the Making of a Subculture. SPCK.
- Pete Ward (1993). Worship and Youth Culture. Marshall PIckering.
- Pete Ward (1992). Youth Culture and the Gospel. Marshall Pickering.
Chapter in book
- Ward, Pete (2017). Celebrity Worship as Parareligion: Bieber and the Beliebers. In Religion and Popular Culture in America. Forbes, B. D. & Mahan, J. H. Oakland, California: University of California Press. 313-335.
- Ward, Pete (2016). ‘Seeing and Believing’. In The End of Theology: Shaping Theology for the Sake of Mission. Sexton, Jason S. & Weston, Paul Augsburg: Fortress press. 145-170.
- Paul S. Fiddies & Pete Ward (2012). Affirming Faith at a Service of Baptism in St Aldate's Church, Oxford. In Explorations in Ecclesiology and Ethnography. Christian B. Scharen Eerdmans. 51-70.
- Ward, Pete (2012). Attention and Conversation. In Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography. Ward, Pete Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans. 36-49.
- Pete Ward (2012). The Economics of Charismatic Evangelical Worship. In Religion, Media and Culture: A Reader. Gordon Lynch & Jolyon Mitchell Routledge. 23-30.
- Pete Ward (2007). The Eucharist and the Turn to Culture. In Gordon Lynch I.B. Taurus. 62-81.
- Pete Ward (2006). Reorganizing the Chairs on the Titanic: A Case of a Change in Priorities. In Why Liberal Churches are Growing. Martyn Percy & Ian Markham T and T Clark. 30-44.
- Ward, Pete (2018). Ecclesiology and Ethnography with Humility: Going Through Barth. Studia Theologica - Nordic Journal of Theology 72(1): 51-67.
- Ward, Peter (2015). Blueprint Ecclesiology and the Lived: Normativity as Perilous Faithfulness. Ecclesial Practices 2(1): 74-90
- Dunlop, Sarah & Ward, Peter (2014). Narrated Photography: Visual Representations of the Sacred Among young Polish migrants in England. Fieldwork in Religion 9(1): 30-52.
- Dunlop, Sarah & Ward, Pete (2012). From Obligation to Consumption in Two-and-a-half Hours: A Visual Exploration of the Sacred with Young Polish Migrants. Journal of Contemporary Religion 27(13): 433-451.
- Ward, Pete (2012). The Hermeneutical and Epistemological Significance of Our Students - A Response to Bonnie Miller-McLemore. International Journal of Practical Theology 16(1): 55-65.
- Pete Ward & Heidi Campbell (2011). Ordinary Theology as Narratives: An Empirical Study of Young People's Charismatic Worship in Scotland. International Journal of Practical Theology 15(2): 226-242.
- Pete Ward & Sarah Dunlop (2011). Practical Theology and the Ordinary: Visual Research among Migrant Polish Catholic Young People. Practical Theology 4(3): 295-313.
- Campbell, Heidi, Lynch, Gordon & Ward, Pete (2009). 'Can You Hear the Army?' Exploring Evangelical Discourse in Scottish Prayer Meetings. Journal of Contemporary Religion 24(2): 217-234.
- Pete Ward (2005). Affective Alliance or Circuits of Power: The Production and Consumption of Contemporary Charismatic Worship in Britain. International Journal of Practical Theology 9(1).
- Pete Ward (2005). Coming to Sermon: The Practice of Doctrine in the Preaching of John Calvin. Scottish Journal of Theology 58(3): 319-332.
- Pete Ward (2003). Renewal an Soul Survivor as Distinction and Subcultural Capital. Journal of Belief and Values 24(2).
- Pete Ward (2003). Union With Christ: The Subplot of Evangelical Soteriology. Youth and Theology 2(1).
- Pete Ward (2002). Spiritual Songs as Text, Genre and Interpretation. Youth and Theology 1(1).
- Pete Ward (1998). Alpha: The McDonaldisation of Religion. Anvil 15(4): 279-286.
- Ward, Pete (2014). When Gods Fall (off Their Bike). 32-33.