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Stellvertretender Institutsleiter, Institut für Interkulturelle Theologie und Interreligiöse Studien

Prof. Dr. John G. Flett

Curriculum Vitae


2020/-             Contributing editor to the International Bulletin of Missionary Research

2019-2020      Researcher in Residence, Free University, Amsterdam, Holland

2018/-              Board Member, The Christian Research Association, Melbourne, Australia

2018                 Visiting Scholar, United Theological College, Bangalore, India

2017                 Visiting Professor, Faculty of Orthodox Theology, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj- Napoca, Romania

2017                 Faculty at the Global Institute of Theology of the WCRC, and attended the WCRC General Council in Leipzig, Germany

2016/-              Transfer of ordination to Uniting Church in Australia, Port Philip West Presbytery

2015                 UCA representative at the CWME study on “Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes” (TTL), Bangkok, Thailand

2015/-              Associate Professor of Mission Studies and Intercultural Theology, Pilgrim Theological College, Melbourne, Australia

2015/-              Co-director (Stellvertretender Institutsleiter) am Institut für Interkulturelle Theologie und Interreligiöse Studien, Wuppertal

2015/-              Privatdozent, Missions- und Religionswissenschaft und Ökumenik der Kirchlichen Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, Wuppertal

2014/2015       Pfarrer auf Probe, Evangelische Kirche im Rheinland

2012/2015       Mitarbeiter am Institut für Interkulturelle Theologie und Interreligiöse Studien, Wuppertal

2011/2015        Wissenschaftlicher Hochschulassistent am Lehrstuhl für Missions- und Religionswissenschaft und Ökumenik der Kirchlichen Hochschule


2009/2010      Assistant Professor of Mission Theology, Jang Shin Dae (Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary), Seoul, S. Korea.

2009                 Ordained, Presbyterian Church of the USA (PCUSA), Shenango Presbytery, Pennsylvania

2008/2009      Interim Director of Professional Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary.

2007/2009      Adjunct Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary

2006/-              Fellow of the Barth Translators Conference, Princeton Theological Seminary

2004/2007      International PhD Student Representative

2004/2007      Production Editor, Koinonia Journal

2001/2003      Developer and Project Manager for: Awarded and managed £50,000 from the Council for World Mission.

1996/2003       Secretary, The DeepSight Trust.



2013                  Travel Scholarship for Research Trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Vereinte Evangelische Mission

2010/2014       “Karl Immer Stipendium,” Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel

2010                  Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland Göthe Institut Fellowship, Göttingen

2003/2007      “Presidential Scholarship,” Princeton Theological Seminary

2003                 “Overseas Research Scholarship” in relation to King’s College, London (declined)

1999/2001       “Merit Tuition” scholarship, Auckland University



2010/2015        Habilitation in Missions- und Religionswissenschaft und Ökumenik, Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel. Habilitationsschrift: “Apostolicity:

Historical Continuity, Visible Witness, and Cross-Cultural Translation.”

2003/2007       PhD (summa cum laude) in Mission, Ecumenics and the History of Religion, Princeton Theological Seminary. Supervisors: Darrell Guder, Bruce

McCormack, Daniel Migliore. Dissertation: “God is a Missionary God: Missio Dei, Karl Barth, and the Doctrine of the Trinity.”

1999/2001        MTheol (1st class honors), University of Auckland. Supervisor: Martin Sutherland. Thesis: “Centre, System or Margin? Karl Barth, George Lindbeck,

and Stanley Hauerwas on the Church’s Public Character.”

1991/1994        BMin, Laidlaw College, Auckland, New Zealand


Publication List

Stand: Juni 2020


  • Joy: A Companion to Missiology, Eugene, OR; Cascade, 2021. Forthcoming
  • With Henning Wrogemann, Questions of Context: Reading a Century of German Mission Theology. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2020. Forthcoming
  • Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016.
  • The Witness of God: The Trinity, Missio Dei, Karl Barth, and the Nature of Christian Community. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010.

Edited works

  • With Dorottya Nagy, T&T Clark Handbook to Intercultural Theology and Mission Studies. London: T&T Clark, 2022. Forthcoming
  • ‘For I was hungry…’: Congregations and Church Agencies in Relationship. Melbourne, VIC: Uniting Academic Press, 2020. Forthcoming
  • With David W. Congdon, Converting Witness: Theology for a Pilgrim People. Minneapolis, MN: Lexington Books-Fortress Academic, 2019.
  • Collision Crossroads: The Intersection of Modern Western Culture with the Christian Gospel. Auckland: The DeepSight Trust, 1998.

Research Articles

  • “Creation and Mission,” in The T&T Clark Handbook to the Doctrine of Creation, edited by Jason Goroncy, London: T&T Clark, 2021. Forthcoming
  • “Mission and Election,” in The T&T Clark Handbook to Election, edited by Edwin Chr. van Driel, London: T&T Clark, 2021. Forthcoming
  • “Natural Theology and the Different Bodies of the Christian Gospel.” Melanesian Journal of Theology 36 (2020). Forthcoming
  • “History, Resurrected Jesus Christ and the Living Spirit.” Melanesian Journal of Theology 36 (2020). Forthcoming
  • “Multiculturalism as Theology and Policy: The Challenges and Future Possibilities,” in Horizons of Contextuality: Theological and Hermeneutical Explorations from the Great South Land (Australia), edited by Jione Havea, Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2020. Forthcoming
  • With David W. Congdon, “Darrell L. Guder: A Life of Continuing Conversion,” in Converting Witness: Theology for a Pilgrim People, edited by John G. Flett, and David W. Congdon. Minneapolis, MN: Lexington Books-Fortress Academic, 2019.
  • “Method in Mission Studies: Comparing World Christianity and Intercultural Theology.” Theologische Literaturzeitung 143 (2018): 717-31.
  • “Prayer and Missionary Movement Beyond the Self.” Spiritus 18 (2018): 246-59.
  • “Differentiation, The Secularised Church and Mission.” Zadok Perspectives 135 (2017): 14–15.
  • “Versammlung, Auferbauung und Sendung der christlichen Gemeinde: Die Ekklesiologie in Karl Barths Versöhnungslehre,” in Karl Barth als Lehrer der Versöhnung (1950– 1968): Vertiefung – Öffnung – Hoffnung, edited by Michael Trowitzsch, Michael Beintker, and Georg Plasger, 117–37. Zürich: TVZ, 2016.
  • “Contextualisation and Human Rights Law: A Future Area of Contest?,” in Living in the Family of Jesus: Critical Contextualization in the Melanesia and Beyond, edited by William Kenny Longgar, and Tim Meadowcroft, 371–94. Auckland: Archer Press, 2016.
  • “What Does it Mean for a Congregation to be a Hermeneutic?,” in The Gospel and Pluralism Today: Reassessing Lesslie Newbigin in the 21st Century, edited by Scott Sunquist and Amos Yong, Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2015.
  • “A Theology of Missio Dei.” Theology in Scotland 21, no. 1 (2014): 69–78.
  • “Justification contra Mission: The Isolation of Justification in the History of Reconciliation.” Zeitschrift für Dialektische Theologie Supplement Series 6 (2014): 5880.
  • “‘Who is Jesus Christ?’: The Necessary Missionary Form of the Confession of the Trinity,” in Theology in Missionary Perspective: Lesslie Newbigin’s Legacy, edited by Mark T. B. Laing, and Paul Weston, 260-76. Oregon, WA: Pickwick Publications, 2012.
  • “Bishop J. E. Lesslie Newbigin and the Missionary Challenge to Doctrinal ‘Identity’,” in Reformierte Theologie weltweit: Zwölf Profile aus dem 20. Jahrhundert, edited by Marco Hofheinz and Matthias Zeindler, 150-69. Zürich: TVZ, 2012.
  • “Failure in Intercultural Hermeneutics: A Case Study,” in Theologie in Freiheit und Verbindlichkeit: Profile der Kirchlichen Hochschule Wuppertal / Bethel, edited by Henning Wrogemann, 225-42. Neukirchener Verlag: Neukirchen-Vluyn, 2012.
  • “’Jesus Christ is…the Gentiles are Fellow Heirs of the Promise’ (Eph. 3:1-6): Toward a Christological Rationale for a Living History of Cross-Cultural Community.” In Glauben leben – vielfältig, international, interkulturell Migrationsgemeinden und deutsche Gemeinden auf dem Weg, 11-22. Hannover: Haus kirchlicher Dienste der Evangelischlutherischen Landeskirche Hannovers, 2012.
  • “The Resurrection from the Dead as the Declaration of God’s Eternal Being and the Christian Community’s Eschatological Reality.” Princeton Seminary Bulletin 31 (2010): 7-26.
  • “The Bastard in the Royal Family: Wither Mission?” Princeton Theological Review 16, no.1 (2010): 17-30.
  • “A Critical Response to ‘Fullness of Life: Search for a New Vision of Ecumenical Mission Thinking and Practice in the 21st Century,’ by Jooseop Keum,” in Centenary of the 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference: Retrospect and Prospect of Mission and Evangelism, edited by Kook-Il Han, 188-93. Seoul: PCTS, 2009.
  • “Communion as Propaganda: Reinhard Hütter and the Missionary Witness of the ‘Church as Public’,” Scottish Journal of Theology 62, no.4 (2009): 457-76.
  • “Missio Dei: A Trinitarian Envisioning of a non-Trinitarian theme,” Missiology 37, no.1 (2009): 6-17.
  • “In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: A Critical Reflection on the Trinitarian Theologies of Religion of S. Mark Heim and Gavin D’Costa,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 10, no. 1 (2008): 73-90.
  • “Yocum’s ‘Ecclesial Mediation in Karl Barth’,” Zeitschrift für Dialektische Theologie 20, no. 1 (2005): 147-51.
  • “From Jerusalem to Oxford: Mission as the Foundation and Goal of Ecumenical Social Thought,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 27, no. 1 (2003): 17-22.
  • “The Workaday World and its Implications for Lay-theology.” Stimulus 8, no. 2 (2000): 8–10.
  • “Alasdair Macintyre’s Tradition-Constituted Enquiry in Polanyian Perspective,” Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical 24, no. 2 (1999): 6-21.
  • “Unpacking Gospel & Culture,” in Collision Crossroads: The Intersection of Modern Western Culture with the Christian Gospel, edited by J. Flett, 8-14. Auckland: The DeepSight Trust, 1998.
  • “Why We Care about the Jesus Seminar.” Stimulus 6 (1998): 4–5.

Academic Translation

  • With David MacLachlan, “Conversation with Methodist Preachers (5.16.1961),” in Barth in Conversation: Volume 1, 1959-1962, edited by Eberhard Busch, Karlfried Froehlich, Darrell L. Guder, and David C. Chao, 116–41. Westminster John Knox Press, 2017.
  • Sauter, Gerhard. “Argue Theologically With One Another: Karl Barth’s Argument With Emil Brunner.” In Theology as Conversation: The Significance of Dialogue in Historical and Contemporary Theology: A Festschrift for Daniel L. Migliore, edited by Bruce McCormack, and Kimlyn J. Bender, 30-47. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009.


    • “A Review of “The Mission of the Church: Five Views in Conversation”.” International Bulletin of Mission Research 41, no. 1 (2017): 88-89.
    • “A Review of William R. Burrows, et al., (eds.) ‘Understanding World Christianity: The Vision and Work of Andrew F. Walls’.” Mission Studies 30, no. 1 (2013): 109–10.
    • “A Review of Kim, Sebastian C. H. Kim’s, ‘Theology in the Public Sphere: Public Theology as a Catalyst for Open Debate’.” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 37, no. 3 (2013): 186.
    • “A Review of Martin Reppenhagen’s ‘Auf dem Weg zu einer missionalen Kirche: Die Diskussion um eine “missional church” in den USA’.” International Review of Mission 102, no. 2 (2013): 270–74.
    • “A Review of Mark Noll’s ‘The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith’.” Scottish Journal of Theology 65, no. 4 (2012): 495-6.
    •  “A Review of Elmer John Theissen’s ‘The Ethics of Evangelism: A Philosophical Defense of Proselytizing and Persuasion’.” Missiology 40, no. 1 (2012): 97.
    • “A Review of Paul Barnett’s ‘Paul: Missionary of Jesus: After Jesus, vol. 2’.” Theology Today 66, no. 3 (2009): 385-6.
    • “A Review of David F. Ford (ed.) ‘The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology Since 1918 (3rd ed.)’,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 8, no. 3 (2006): 329-31.
    • “A Review of Graham Ward’s ‘Cultural Transformation and Religious Practice’,” Missiology 34, no. 4 (2006): 536-7.
    • “A Review of Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen’s ‘Trinity and Religious Pluralism’,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 8, no. 1 (2006): 112-5.
    • “A Review of John C. McDowell and Mike Higton (eds.) ‘Conversing with Barth’,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 8, no. 1 (2006): 115-18.
    • “A Review of Samuel Escobar’s ‘Changing Tides’,” Koinonia Journal 17 (2005): 127-32.
    • “A Review of Daniel Migliore’s ‘Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology (2nd ed.)’,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 7, no. 3 (2005): 322-4.
    • “A Review of Henrique Pinto’s ‘Foucault, Christianity and Interfaith Dialogue’,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 7, no. 3 (2005): 337-9.
    • “A Review of Adam Hood’s ‘Baillie, Oman and Macmurray: Experience and Religious Belief’,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 7, no. 2 (2005): 104-6.
    • “A Review of Colin Gunton’s ‘Act and Being’,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 6, no. 1 (2004): 79-82.
    • “A Review of Marjorie Reeve’s ‘Christian Thinking and Social Order: Conviction Politics from the 1930’s to the Present Day’,” Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical 25, no. 3 (1998): 32-3.




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