Membership of the CCMW is open for individual scholars who sympathize with the Reformed tradition, and have a proven interest in renewal of church practices, church polity and/or mission. Senior members have demonstrated to possess good research skills, affinity to inter-disciplinary research, and they publish regularly in peer-reviewed relevant journals. Junior members are usually PhD-students, working on a topic in missiology and/or practical theology. All members are expected to invest a substantial amount of research time (at least 0.2 fte, or at least 50% of their allocated research time) in the Centre.

There are various types of members:

  • Senior members: with a doctorate and working at TU/U. The director and vice-director are chosen out of this group.
  • Junior members: usually PhD students.
  • Visiting fellows: colleagues from other institutions who, based on a formal agreement between institutions, become part of the Centre.
  • Other members: (1) members who work at TU/U but are not involved in PhD research; (2) members who do not work at TU/U and are usually unable to attend meetings because of distance; (2) members who work at TU/U, but conduct research that is not related to our programme.

Meeting Schedule

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  1. All members and visiting fellows will meet every two months (5-6 times per year) with the purpose of sharing ongoing research, supervising PhD work, and preparing publications.
  2. Staff members (currently Paas, Schaeffer and Van den Broeke) will meet every two months (5-6 times per year) with the purpose of discussing matters of organization, funding, planning, etcetera.
  3. Once or twice per five years the CCMW will organize an international academic conference, usually combined with one or more sessions for a non-professional audience.
  4. A few times per year international colleagues will be invited to join us via online tools for meetings on specific topics related to their specialisms.
  5. Additionally, there will be meetings in the interest of grant preparation, editorial sessions, etc.


The CCMW aims at welcoming a wide range of national and international partners in the interest of the Centre’s objectives. Partners can be individuals or organizations and institutions. Also, partnerships can be permanent or project-based. In general, a partnership is somewhat less structured than a membership. Partners invest time and/or other means in shared projects, but they do not necessarily participate in all meetings. Partnerships are formalized in a written and signed agreement, stipulating the nature of the partnership and the investment.

Information about memberships and partnerships can be requested at the director of the CCMW, Prof. dr. Stefan Paas (

The Centre is based at and facilitated by the Theological University Utrecht (TU/U).

Current partners: