BMin, MTheol (1st class Hons), PhD (summa cum laude), DTheolHabil
John Flett is the Coordinator of Studies: Missiology and Intercultural Theology at Pilgrim Theological College, Melbourne, Australia, Privatedozent at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethal, and Stellvertretender Institutsleiter am Institut für Interkulturelle Theologie und Interreligiöse Studien, Wuppertal. John specialises in constructive theologies of mission set in conversation with intercultural and ecumenical theologies. His publications have explored such ranging topics as the doctrine of the Trinity, apostolicity, Karl Barth, ecclesiology, ecumenical theologies of mission, intercultural hermeneutics, Lesslie Newbigin, migrant Christianity, and missional church. He has lived and taught in the USA, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Korea, Germany, the DRC, Romania, and Australia.
His PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary examined the history and theology of missio Dei and was published as The Witness of God: The Trinity, Missio Dei, Karl Barth and the Nature of Christian Community (Eerdmans, 2010). His Habilitationschrift, undertaken at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, developed a critical account the church’s apostolicity and its continuity across cultures. This was published as Apostolicity: The Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective (IVP Academic, 2016) and was named by the IBMR as one of the Ten Outstanding Books of 2016 for Mission Studies. His 2019 edited volume, with David Congdon, titled Converting Witness: The Future of Christian Mission in the New Millennium was also named by the IMBR Ten Outstanding Books in Mission Studies, World Christianity, and Intercultural Theology. His forthcoming text, co-authored with Henning Wrogemann, is an examination of changing approaches to the understanding of context within twentieth-century Germany missiology, titled Questions of Context: Reading a Century of German Mission Theology (IVP Academic, 2020). He is editor, with Dorottya Nagy, of the forthcoming T&T Clark Companion to Intercultural Theology and Mission Studies.
John is a minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia.
John welcomes research proposals dealing with all aspects of missiology, intercultural, and ecumenical theology, including contemporary themes such as intercultural hermeneutics, mission and the arts, the intercultural transmission and appropriation of the Christian gospel, the theories and lived practices of contextualisation, missional church/Fresh Expressions, and historical themes dealing with the problem of colonisation and cultural replication, and the development of mission theology within the ecumenical movement(s) (International Missionary Council, the World Council of Churches, and Lausanne).