Our Projects

Projects Funded by Scripture, Spirituality and Society Research Centre
Project TitlePartner / Funding BodyResearchersTime-lineProject Information
Spiritual Lives of 21 ANZACSSWRCA/Prof Daniel Reynaud (Avondale)2018-2019Book project: funds to cover travel & accommodation to Canberra to consult diaries not yet online at the Research Centre of the War Memorial; and to purchase rights to photographs from the Australian War Memorial for the book project.
Youth Ministry: the lived experienceSWRC, CERC, Research OfficeProf Tony Williams (Avondale/ U of Wollongong)
A/Prof Kevin Petrie (Avondale)
Dr Peter Kilgour (Avondale)
Dr John Skzypaszek (Avondale)
2018-2019The 2018 Global Youth Leaders Congress (GYLC) provides a unique opportunity to look at the work of Youth Ministry, but through a different lens, utilising the lived experience methodology as a lens for better understanding the activity.
Perceptions of Spirituality: Exploring the spectrum of beliefs in one Israeli universitySWRCA/Prof Phil Fitzsimmons (Avondale)
Dr Jon Kasler (Tel Hai University Israel)
Ms Edie Lanphar (Holy Cross Catholic School, Ventura, CA)
2017-2018This qualitative project seeks to explore the concept of ‘spirituality’ in one university in Israel. A contested research space in regard to tertiary students and tertiary institutions (Hyde 2008), the respondents in this project represent the broad spectrum of cultural and religious belief systems in Israel.
Worship PerspectivesSWRCDr David Tasker (Avondale)
Prof Robert K. McIver (Avondale)
Dr Kayle de Waal (Avondale)
Dr Erika Puni (Avondale)
Dr Wendy Jackson (Avondale), et al.
2017-2019Book project


Projects Funded by Sources Other than the SWRC, but Researcher or Project Related to the Scripture, Spirituality and Society Research Centre
Project TitlePartner / Funding BodyResearchersTime-lineProject Information
A book titled “Anzac Spirituality: The First AIF soldiers speak”Avondale Research Services OfficeA/Prof Daniel Reynaud (Avondale)2008-2018Publication: Reynaud, D. (2018). Anzac spirituality: The first AIF soldiers speak. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Scholarly.
Investigating the Status of Six Church Plants on Seventh-day Adventist School CampusesSouth Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist ChurchDr Kayle de Waal (Avondale)
Dr Peter Beamish (Avondale)
Dr Jason Hinze (Avondale)
Dr Erika Puni (Avondale)
Joe Azzopardi (Avondale HDR student)
2018-2019
Perceptions held by Employees of Seventh-day Adventist Organizations of their Relationship to the Mission of the ChurchGeneral Conference of Seventh-day Adventists office of Archives Statistics and Research; SWRCProf Rob McIver (Avondale) , Prof Tony Williams (Avondale/ U of Wollongong), Dr Peter Kilgour (Avondale), Dr Wendy Jackson (Avondale), Dr Sherry Hattingh (Avondale)2011-2025The aim of this project is to survey employees of Seventh-day Adventist institutions in the 13 world divisions of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (GC) to determine their perceptions of their relationship and the institution’s relationship to the mission of the Adventist Church. The institutions of interest are in the education sector (primary, secondary and tertiary levels), healthcare, publishing, and food industries.
2017 Global Church Member Survey – South Pacific DivisionGeneral Conference of Seventh-day Adventists office of Archives Statistics and Research; SWRCDr Peter Beamish (Avondale)
Dr David Tasker (Avondale)
Dr Kayle de Waal (Avondale)
Dr Kevin Petrie (Avondale)
Dr Lindsay Morton (Avondale)
Prof Rob McIver (Avondale)
Prof Tony Williams (Avondale)
2017-2019
Motives for Tithing amongst Seventh-day Adventist Members, Analysis of Age Related Giving Patterns and Other Tithe-Related MattersGeneral Conference of Seventh-day Adventists office of Archives Statistics and ResearchProf Robert K. McIver (Avondale)2012-2016Results published in: Robert K. McIver, Tithing Practices Among Seventh-day Adventists: A Study of Tithe Demographics and Motives in Australia, Brazil, England, Kenya and the United States (Cooranbong, NSW; Silver Spring MD: Avondale Academic Press/General Conference Office of Archives, Statistics and Research, 2016).
South Pacific Discipleship Research ProjectSouth Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist ChurchDr Kayle de Waal (Avondale)
Dr Kevin Petrie (Avondale)
Dr Sherry Hattingh (Avondale)
Dr Lindsay Morton (Avondale)
Dr Rick Ferret (Avondale)
Julie-Anne Heise (Avondale)
2014-2015The aim of this research project is:
  • to provide an objective description of a Seventh-day Adventist disciple of Jesus
  • to provide a criterion/criteria by which the attainment of discipleship may be measured and shared in the context of the SDA Church mission
Incorporating Student Experience and Transformative Learning into Curriculum Design and Planning of Undergraduate Theological DegreesOffice of Learning and TeachingProf Peter Sherlock (UD)
Prof Rob McIver (Avondale)
Prof Neil Ormerod (ACU)
Dr Gerard Moore (CSU)
Dr Mark Harding (ACT)
Dr Neil Holm (SCD)
2010-2012Leslie J. Ball, Transforming theology: student experience and transformative learning in undergraduate theological education (Northcote, VIC: Morning Star, 2012)
Uncovering Theology: The Depth, Reach and Utility of Australian Theological EducationOffice of Learning and TeachingProf Paul Bierne (Lead Investigator) (ACU)
Dr Rob McIver (Avondale)
Prof Neil Ormerod
Dr Gerard Moore
2008Charles Sherlock, Uncovering Theology: the depth, reach and utility of Australian theological education (Adelaide: ATF, 2009)