We’re calling for papers from a biblical studies, theological, historical, practical theology or inter-disciplinary perspective relevant to our 2018 theme - Sustaining Abundant Life: Stewardship in the household of God. We will select papers that represent a range of views.
24-26 August 2016
Sunshine Coast Queensland
Thought Matters is the annual conference organised and facilitated by The Salvation Army Tri-Territorial Theological Forum (TTTF). The TTTF exists to facilitate theological discussion which informs ministry practice. It is composed of representatives from each of the contributing territories – Australia Eastern, Australia Southern and New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
This conference provides a safe and respectful space for theological conversation, with a wide range of views expressed through papers and in responses from delegates. Our aim is to explore ideas rather than convince others of the rightness or otherwise of any particular position, so we are looking for presenters who are able to clearly articulate their ideas in a respectful manner, allowing space for disagreement and discussion with others.
The notion of abundant life or flourishing is crucial to an understanding of stewardship. From the New Testament word oikonomos we get words like economy, stewardship and household, and can therefore begin to see that stewardship is more than simply giving time and talents back to God; or the tendency in Evangelical circles to reduce stewardship to the responsibility of individuals to manage resources and gifts given by God to the individual. A richer understanding of stewardship results when we frame the concept within the broader view of participation in the abundant life of God. Stewardship then includes such things as economic systems, justice and earth care. Participants in this conference will be encouraged to explore in diverse ways what it means to sustain abundant life in the household of God, or in other words to be good stewards.
The TTTF is calling for papers that will address a range of issues relevant to this conference theme. Papers arising from biblical studies, theological, historical, pastoral or inter-disciplinary perspectives are all welcomed. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
A theology of earth care and environmental sustainability
- Historical responses of the church to personal and corporate greed for example through the financial crisis
- Stewarding the gifts of the Spirit within a church community
- Effective mission in contexts of economic inequality: local & international aid
- Sustaining abundant life for refugees and “illegal immigrants”
- Engaging economics from a Christian stance
- Fruitful church practice models for developing stewarding communities
Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted by 4th May, 2018
Please email abstracts to Thought_matters@aue.salvationarmy.org.
Successful applicants will be notified by 30th May, 2018 and will need to submit
their final paper (2500 words) by 31st of July, 2018.
Conference Proceedings will be published following the conference.