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Hiring: Research Fellow in New Places for New People (NPNP)

Cliff College is seeking to invest in excellence in academic research into the challenges and opportunities of evangelism and mission in the contemporary context, particularly in the Methodist and Wesleyan tradition.

Role overview

Set in the beautiful Peak District in Derbyshire, Cliff College is a Methodist and evangelical learning community, rooted in God’s Word and Spirit. The academic programmes of Cliff College seek to form and equip students for the practice and leadership of Christian mission and evangelism in contemporary contexts. Offering a range of recently renewed programmes of theological and practical study – both onside and online – the College continues to build on its heritage to establish its position as a global centre for evangelism and missiology.

Through an exciting part-funded collaboration with the New Places for New People initiative of the Methodist Church in Britain, the College is undertaking a four-year research project helping to excavate learning about evangelism and growth from NPNP related pioneer projects, and the College’s wider missional engagement. This four-year Research Fellow post will be focused on delivering the NPNP research (50%), as well as contributing to the College’s broader research, publication and teaching in evangelism and mission (50%).

The postholder will be a member of the community of research, scholarship and mission at Cliff College, as well as contributing to the Methodist Church in Britain’s understanding and practice of evangelism and growth.

This exciting opportunity requires someone who:

  • is passionate about investigating and articulating new ways of understanding evangelism, mission and growth in the contemporary context
  • has completed, or is nearing completion of doctoral level research in the area of theology, practical theology or missiology
  • wants to further their experience in research for both the church and the academy
  • is able to contribute to a collaborative research environment, both at Cliff College and with the Methodist Church in Britain

Salary: £30,000 per annum (or stipend, terms and conditions for Methodist ministers)

Closing date: Monday 5th June 2023, 9am

Interviews: Friday 16th June 2023

Applications are welcomed on a College application form, outlining suitability for the criteria required, with accompanying academic CV. Download the job pack here.

For more information or to arrange an informal conversation about this post please contact Michelle at or 01246 584200.