Research Projects - Andrew Village

The Diocese of Truro AMD Programme

The Accompanied Ministry Development programme is an innovation within the diocese, and York St John University has been asked to research into the effects of the programme on clergy and their parishes. Judith Muskett is the postdoctoral research assistant. The work is funded by the St Luke’s College Foundation and to date has resulted in research papers and two interim reports. The final report is due in Autumn 2017 and we expect further journal articles to follow.

Muskett, Judith A., & Village, Andrew. (2016). Action learning sets and social capital: ameliorating the burden of clergy isolation in one rural diocese. Action Learning: Research and Practice, 13(3), 219-234. doi: 10.1080/14767333.2016.1211091.

Muskett, J A. (2016). From Action Learning to bonding social capital? The potential of action learning sets among isolated rural clergy. Rural Theology, 14(1), 25-43.

Australian NCLS data analysis

The Australian National Church Life Survey collects data for a large sample of people attending a wide range of churches across Australia. I am working with NCLS Research in Sydney on papers exploring the role of churches in helping migrants integrate into Australian society. The work explores the development of social capital among first-generation Asian migrants and compares that to Australians who were born in Australia. A paper has been published and one is due in 2018.

Village, Andrew, Powell, Ruth, & Pepper, Miriam. (2017). Bonding and bridging among first generation Asian migrants in Australian Protestant churches. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Published online: 06 Oct 2016, 43(11), 1943-1963. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1240027

The Church Times survey

In 2013 I helped to organise a survey published in the Church Times, the main weekly newspaper of the Church of England. The questionnaire included a wide range of items related to beliefs, attitudes and opinions, including opinions of homosexuality and the ordination of women as bishops.  I am currently writing a book (due to be completed in 2018) that compares the results with a similar survey in 2001 to see how attitudes among clergy and lay people have changed in recent years.

Creationism and the Environment

A survey of churchgoers in the UK in 2010 has led to a number of papers on various aspects of biblical interpretation and the factors promoting environmental concern. A follow up survey nearly completed and the first paper on the relationship between education and rejection of evolution was presented at the Science and Religion international conference in Manchester in July 2017.

Village, Andrew. (2014). The relationship of psychological type to interpretations of Genesis among churchgoers in England. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 6(1), 72-82. doi: 10.1037/a0035184

Village, Andrew. (2015). Was White right? Biblical interpretation, theological stance and environmental attitudes among a sample of UK churchgoers. Journal of Empirical Theology, 28(1), 1-26. doi: 10.1163/15709256-12341321

Village, Andrew, & Baker, Sylvia. (2013). Reasons given by UK churchgoers for their stance on evolution. Journal of Beliefs & Values, 34(2), 165-177. doi: 10.1080/13617672.2013.801652

Village, Andrew, & Baker, Sylvia. (2013). Rejection of Darwinian evolution among churchgoers in England: The effects of psychological type. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 52(3), 557-572. doi: 10.1111/jssr.12049

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