Connecting to the Practical Theology network
There are a number of associations focused on practical theology. Not all of them are as intentional about their claim to be concerned with practice and theology as a critical correlation, with a many being more concerned with applied theology or pragmatically driven practice. From my own experience, the associations listed here are specifically concerned with practical theology as a unique and emerging discipline in theology. A distinctive within these groups is the use of critical discourse or intentional hermeneutical discourse as the prime methodology. I encourage you to check out their websites, especially the membership pages, as not all have an open membership. Their sites have a range of good and useful information, including links to other associations and people who share this passion for practicing theology. The links here should work, but if not, then please drop me an email so I can fix them.
The other two I have listed, while focusing on leadership or mission, also embrace a methodology similar to practical theology. Their journals by both are well worth checking out
APTO is an ecumenical professional association for researchers, scholars and/or practitioners in the geographic area of Oceania in the field of practical theology. Members have a scholarly interest in the discipline demonstrated by publications and/or other scholarly and practical accomplishments, including a research degree allied to practical theology.
The purpose of the Association of Practical Theology (APT) is to promote critical discourse that integrates theological reflection and practice. Reconstituted from its predecessor organizations 1984, the APT was sparked by the investigation of practical theology as an integrative hermeneutical endeavor at the heart of theological education, characterizing not only the ministerial sub-disciplines but also a manner and method of engaged reflection.
The British and Irish Association for Practical Theology is an active forum for practitioners, teachers and researchers in the broad field of practical and pastoral theology.
The aims of The British & Irish Association for
Practical Theology are:
To advance teaching, learning and research in pastoral studies and practical theology
To promote contact and exchange between the various contexts of practical theology, education and training.
To organize events and consultations appropriate to the above.
To foster international links and activities, especially in collaboration with the International Academy of Practical Theology.
To encourage interchange between the worlds of practical theology, pastoral care and counseling, and local and national faith communities.
The purpose of the International Academy of Practical Theology is the study of and critical reflection on practical theological thought and action. This critical reflection should be pursued with attention to the various historical and cultural contexts in which practical theology is done. Out of respect for the diversity of these contexts, the Academy seeks to promote international, interracial, and ecumenical dialogue and understanding.
The Australian Association for Mission Studies (AAMS) is an Australian association of those interested in the study of Christian mission—including scholars, teachers and reflective practitioners—aiming to:
promote the theological, biblical, historical, practical and contextual study of mission, local and global;
promote engagement with the cultures and people with whom Christians share and explore the gospel, including, in particular, Australian indigenous voices;
encourage co-operation and sharing of research and experience among individuals and institutions engaged in mission;
bring together, through networks, conferences and seminars, those engaged in mission studies;
stimulate publications in missiology, including a journal; and
affiliate with the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS), work in partnership with the Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Mission Studies (ANZAMS) and build links with those engaged in mission studies in the South Pacific.
The Academy of Religious Leadership (ARL) exists to:
enhance religious leadership education;
convene a scholarly roundtable of leadership educators and professional practitioners for the purpose of faculty development and community; and
foster and disseminate leadership education and research.