Programme 2018-2023

Salvation in the 21st Century

 Research Programme CCMW, 2018-2023 (Projects)

 Staff

Senior researchers:

Dr. C. van den Broeke
Prof. dr. S. Paas (Director)
Dr. G.J. Roest
Prof. dr. J.H.F. Schaeffer (Vice-director)
Prof. dr. G. Noort

Visiting fellows:

Prof. dr. Philipp Bartholomä
Dr. S. Stoppels
Dreschler, MA

PhD students:

J.A.G. Bosman
M. Diehl
A.M. de Jonge
J. van ‘t Spijker
K.S. Tamminga
A. Dijkstra
H.Wijma

Brief description of the research programme

Leading question: which views on salvation are motivating current practices in church and mission in the secular West, how do they develop in response to new conditions of faith, and how can they be brought into dialogue with theological traditions in order to contribute to a fruitful embodiment of Christian faith in the secular West?

This question is studied in the contexts of practices, individuals, and institutions:

  • Practices. Exploring the relationship between ecclesial and missional practices on the one hand and sense-making narratives on the other. Which views of salvation animate existing practices of church and mission, and how are they intertwined with these practices?
  • Individuals. Exploring (auto)biographical narratives of salvation. How do late-modern Christians experience salvation? How does this change their relationship to the church and its practices?
  • Institutions. Exploring institutional expressions of salvation. How can church organization, the structure of the offices, and church law be expressions and embodiments of salvation? How can they be (more) wholesome and redemptive?

 

The research programme will result in at least two academic books, at least five PhD studies, ca. 15 academic articles, two or three professional books, a number of professional articles, two conferences, and instruction and catechesis materials for the churches.

More information about the theoretical aspects of the programme can be found on the CCMW website.

Projects

The programme contains three projects: (a) Salvation and liturgy; (b) Salvation and mission; (c) Salvation and Organization.

Salvation and Liturgy

Staff: Prof. dr. Hans Schaeffer (coordinator), Jasper Bosman, Koos Tamminga.

Leading question: which visions of salvation animate and inform liturgical and other ecclesial practices in the Reformed tradition?

Brief description: by exploring liturgical and ecclesial practices in the Reformed tradition from a practical-theological perspective this project examines how salvation is experienced in Reformed churches in the contemporary West. Mostly ethnographic data gathered from concrete ecclesial practices will be brought into dialogue with biblical and systematic theology, with with a view to making theological sense of current practices, and innovating them. In this way this project will contribute to the vitality of the Reformed experience of faith especially in relationship to the liturgy and community.

Output

 

Researcher

Brief description

Completed

Academic book

 

 

 

 

 

Schaeffer

Salvation, Liturgy and the Church. On the Importance of Liturgical Embodiment of Christian Narratives

2023

Academic article (peer reviewed)

Schaeffer

Visions of Salvation among Church Members in the Reformed Tradition in the Netherlands

2021

 

Tamminga, Schaeffer en Swinton

Potential Roles of Ecclesiology for Disability Inclusion – IJPT

2020 (accepted)

 

Tamminga

Countering Ableism Through Embodiments of the Gospel: The Roles of Practice and Reflection – Dignitas

2020 (in process)

 

Tamminga

Receiving the Gift of Laughter: How Joy Transforms the Life of an Inclusive Congregation – Journal of Religion and Disability

2020 (accepted)

 

Bosman, Schaeffer

Why Celebrating the Lord’s Supper is a Confusing Practice – Ecclesial Practices

2020

 

Schaeffer

Salvation and Church Practices – bewerking inaugurele rede in Calvin Theological Journal

2020

Professional book / article

Tamminga

Book about Salvation and Inclusion

2021

PhD studies

Bosman

Salvation as experienced in eucharistic practice in Reformed congregations

2020

Tamminga

Salvation and inclusion – a description of a case-study on current church practices in the context of the so-called ‘participation society’

2020

Valorisation

Bosman, Schaeffer

Course Material: How to make more of your Eucharist experience

2020

 

Tamminga, Schaeffer

Popular book and coursebook of PhD

2020


Salvation and Mission

Staff: Prof. dr. Stefan Paas (coordinator), Prof. dr. Gerrit Noort, Prof. dr. Philipp Bartholomä, Dr. Gert-Jan Roest, Dr. Sake Stoppels, Martijn Dreschler, Annemiek de Jonge, Jan van ‘t Spijker.

Leading question: which visions of salvation animate and inform missional practices, practitioners and institutions in modern Western societies?

Brief description: by exploring historical discussions on mission and salvation, and through ethnographic study of espoused views of salvation among missionary practitioners this project contributes to a deeper sounding of the so-called ‘crisis of mission’ in the West, and it presents mission-minded Christians with theological tools to make sense of their practices and to improve them.

 

Researcher

Brief description

Completed

Academic book

 

 

 

 

 

Noort

 

Visions of Salvation in Dutch Missionary Organizations

2022

Paas

Pilgrims and Priests: Christian Mission in a Post-Christian Society

2019

Paas, Roest, Stoppels

Visions of Salvation in Contemporary Practices of Mission

2022

Academic article (peer reviewed)

Noort

Soteriological narratives in the work of evangelical and ecumenical mission organizations, and their influence on the policy and practice of these organizations (1)

2020

Noort

Soteriological narratives (2)

2021

Paas

Secularization in Africa

2019

Paas

The Countercultural Church

2019

Paas, Bartholomä

The Future of Free Church Mission

2020

Dreschler, Paas, Stoppels

Soteriological Biographies

2020

Paas, Roest, Stoppels

Views of Salvation among Missionary Pioneers in the Netherlands

2020

Paas, Schaeffer, Stoppels

Urban Salvation: TAP

2021

De Jonge, Paas

Sustainable Church Planting

2020

Paas, Roest

Salvation in Evangelistic Practice: How do concepts of salvation inform evangelism?

2021

Professional book / article

Roest, Stoppels

Special issue of Inspirare journal on ‘Salvation’ (Dutch)

2020

Noort

Book: Visions of Salvation in Dutch Missionary Organizations (book in Dutch)

2023

Paas, Roest, Stoppels

Book (Dutch): Salvation in Evangelism and Church Planting

2023

PhD studies

Diehl

Kirchentheoretische Erneuerungsvorschlage BFeG (German)

2022

De Jonge

Community and Soteriology in two Dutch Missionary Churches (Dutch)

2020

Van ’t Spijker

The renewal of Reformed missional ecclesiology against the background of 20th century developments in mission thinking

2020

Valorisation

Dreschler

Presentations of soteriological biographies at mission organization De Verre Naasten (Dutch)

2019

2020

Roest

Book for pastors: Soteriology for the Western City: A Contextual Approach of Christology (Dutch)

2019

Roest

Course material: The Path of Salvation: Mystagogy in the post-secular spiritual context (Dutch)

2019

Salvation and Organization

Staff: Dr. Leon van den Broeke (coordinator), Auke Dijkstra, Hayo Wijma

Leading question: how are visions of salvation embodied in church polity, the offices, and church organization, and how can these visions be explored such that they help practitioners to make sense of these institutional dimensions of church and mission?

Brief description: by exploring conflict resolution by church officials, studying polity dimensions of new expressions of church, and reflecting on the relationship between church and state in shifting conditions of the secular West this project contributes to current practices of church and mission, offering tools to develop and improve them from a legal perspective.

 

Researcher

Brief description

Completed

Academic book

 

 

 

 

 

Van den Broeke, Allan Janssen (co-eds.)

A Collegial Bishop Revisited: Classis and Presbytery at Issue

2019

Van den Broeke, (Harinck)

Embassy Chapels: The States and the Deputies for Indies and Maritime Affairs

2022

Van den Broeke et al.

Church Polity and Mission

2022

Van den Broeke

God in and over the Waves: The Deputies for Indies or Maritime Affairs and Overseas Territories

2023

Book chapters

Van den Broeke

Book chapter: The missional bishop: Classis Assembly, Church Planting and Church renewal

2019

Van den Broeke

Deputies and Authorities

2021

Van den Broeke

Book chapter: Classis as a Commentary

2019/20

Van den Broeke

Book chapter: Fear God, honour the Emperor: The Barmen Declaration and its Reception in the Netherlands

2020

Van den Broeke

Book chapter: Setting the Right Example: Good Governance and the Church

2019

Van den Broeke

Book chapter: Freedom of Religion: The Walloon Church

2019

Van den Broeke

Book chapter: Free from Church and State: Hendrik P. Scholte’s Politics and Polity

2020

Van den Broeke

Het recht volgt het leven: Religie, recht en eschatologie

2019

Van den Broeke

Rules or Reconciliation

2020

Van den Broeke et al.

Pionierend leiderschap

2019/20

Van den Broeke

Ontwikkelingen in gereformeerd kerkrecht in de 19e-21e eeuw

2019

Van den Broeke

Meerdere vergaderingen

2019

Van den Broeke

Deputaatschappen

2019

Van den Broeke

De classicale vergaderingen en de classis

2019

Van den Broeke

Jaar- en evaluatiegesprekken met predikanten

2020

Van den Broeke et al.

Contributions to book Koninklijk (Dutch)

2019

Academic article (peer reviewed)

Van den Broeke

Dominocratie of dominocratie? Petrus Hofstede de Groot (Dutch)

2020

Van den Broeke

Supralocal Oversight

2020

 

 

 

Professional book / article

Van den Broeke, Schaeffer (eds.)

Book: Geest of recht? (Dutch)

2019

Van den Broeke

Lemma: Congregationalisme (Dutch)

2021

Van den Broeke

Lemma: Tucht

2021

Van den Broeke

Lemma: Classis

2021

Van den Broeke

Lemma: Synode

2021

Van den Broeke

Lemma: Independentisme

2021

Van den Broeke

Lemma: Zeevaart

2021

Van der Borght, Van den Broeke (eds.)

Book: Religieus leiderschap in een postchristendom context (Dutch)

2019/20

PhD studies

Van den Broeke

Godsdienstvrijheid en de wet op de lijkbezorging (Dutch)

2021/22

Dijkstra

Kerkelijk tuchtrecht in de Nederlandse rechtsorde

2022/23

Wijma

Kerkrecht voor de wereld

2024

Johan Schütte (SA)

Migrantenkerk in Londen

2024

Marco Buitenhuis

Echtheid van geloof

2029

Valorisation