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About The GlobalChurch Project

Our mission is to help local Christians and churches, learn from diverse, multiethnic, and global voices and trends, so that they experience renewed mission and revitalized churches.

The GlobalChurch Project invites often unheard voices from around the world to enter into a powerful global conversation about the shape of church and mission in the 21st century.

We invite the local and global church to listen to the voices of Christians in “the Majority World.” Majority World Christians are Christians in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Oceania, the Caribbean, First Nations, Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples, and immigrant (diaspora) communities. Insights from Christians in these cultures can help renew the worldwide church. They have the power to invest our local and global mission, worship, and discipleship with new vibrancy.

Rev Dr Graham Joseph Hill

I’ve been in theological education for 16 years and Christian ministry for 30. I’ve planted churches, pastored, taught theology, and trained women and men for ministry and mission. I’ve served as Director of Research and interim Principal at Stirling Theological College (University of Divinity) since 2019. Before Stirling College, I served in Baptist theological colleges in Australia from 2004–2019. My roles included Vice-Principal and Provost.

I received my MTheol from the University of Notre Dame Australia, and a PhD from Flinders University. I’m the author of 9 books. These books include Global Church, Healing Our Broken Humanity (co-authored with Grace Ji-Sun Kim), Salt, Light and a City (two volumes), Holding Up Half the Sky, and Hide This in Your Heart (co-authored with Michael Frost). My writings have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese.

I’ve served as Visiting Scholar at the Korea Baptist Theological University and Seminary in South Korea and taught at numerous seminaries and universities throughout the Asia-Pacific. I also teach within the Doctor of Ministry program of Abilene Christian University in Texas. I serve on theological committees within the Asia-Pacific Baptist Federation and the Baptist World Alliance.

I have delivered lectures at educational institutions worldwide, such as Boston University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hillsong College, Carey Baptist Theological College, Laidlaw College, Torch Trinity University, Korea Baptist University, Lipscomb University, Abilene Christian, University, and Yonsei University. I have spoken at national and international gatherings of groups like World Vision, Compassion Australia, International Justice Mission, Christians for Biblical Equality, Common Grace, Christian Schools Australia, Australian Association of Mission Studies, Missions Interlink, Hillsong College, the Baptist World Alliance, Micah Global, WEC International, the Asia Pacific Baptist Federation, and Our Daily Bread International.

I have served on the editorial committee for the book Christianity in Oceania (Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity), published by Edinburgh University Press. I am the Chair of the Theological Advisory Taskforce of Common Grace (a community of almost 50,000 Australian Christians). I am on the Executive of the University of Divinity, along with the Vice-Chancellor and other seminary Principals.

My main areas of research include trends in World Christianity and themes in applied theology. I love thinking about Christian approaches to faith, life, and culture. I write about themes in biblical equality, biblical studies, systematic theology, mission, and justice. I teach courses on Christian leadership, church revitalisation, and missional theology. My teaching areas also include spiritual formation and World Christianity. I often lecture on church health, leading through change and transition, and more. I teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses. I love supervising research Masters and Doctoral students.

The Baptist Churches of Australia ordained me in 2000. I have pastored and planted churches in Perth and Sydney. One of my great joys in ministry has been pastoring in some of the largest churches in Australia. I attend Epping Church of Christ. This church is a healthy, missional, and Christ-centred church in Sydney. I’m the Founding Director of The Global Church Project. I have the joy of being a frequent conference speaker in Australia and around the world.

I’ve been married to Felicity since 1996, and we have three daughters. I love writing and research and spending time in a forest or by the sea.

“Graham Joseph Hill is one of the finest missional scholars in the world, and the only one dedicated to making the work of Christians in the Global South (Majority World) known to the West, and also one of the only ones who describes the work of others with meticulous care and fairness. When I think of world theologians today I think of Graham – and I don’t say that lightly. Yes, there are more famous scholars but there are none doing his admirable and noble work of mediating the voices of those who have been silenced by not being in the places of power. The work he has done, too, with defending women in ministry is singularly clear and effective, and my own students have found this new book of his most helpful. If I could invite one person to my school to be a professor of missional theology, it would be Graham Joseph Hill. No rivals for me.”

 

Rev. Canon Dr. Scot McKnight+
Professor of New Testament
Northern Seminary

What People Are Saying About Us

“I don’t know of any other source that provides as comprehensive a picture of the global church-in-mission as the Global Church Project. The diversity of voices represented here demonstrates the complexity and yet unity of the Body of Christ around the world.” Al Tizon, Executive Minister of Serve Globally, Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago

“Graham Hill’s GlobalChurch Project invites often unheard voices from around the world to enter into a powerful conversation about the shape of integral mission in the 21st Century. It is an invaluable resource for depending and broadening our understanding of the very future of the church.” Michael Frost, Author, and Vice Principal of Morling College, Sydney

“As the church moves to the Global South, it becomes ever increasingly important to hear the voices from around the world. Graham Hill is able to help us do that by putting together The GlobalChurch Project, which showcases voices from around the globe. Voices from diverse female and male leaders and scholars provide insight and stir our curiosity. These are important interviews which can be used in universities, seminaries, churches and study groups.” Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Associate Professor of Theology, Earlham School of Religion

“The GlobalChurch Project is a unique, one-of-a-kind gift to Christianity and to the world in the 21st century. It isn’t just any international project or collection of interesting talks and resources. Rather, because it was dreamed of, birthed and carried out globally with a particular focus on voices that are too often kept silent, it offers all of us new lenses through which to think, pray and practice church. Fundamentally, it is about the ever-changing new work that God’s Spirit is doing in and through the church, in ever new and often challenging ways.” Rosalee Velloso Ewell, Executive Director of the Theological Commission for the World Evangelical Alliance

“Under God, the church of Jesus Christ has become a global reality, with many thousands of local congregations rooted in their own context and developing ministries that reflect their culture. The GlobalChurch Project is a wonderful means to enable churches to learn from one another and to have a taste of God’s end-time community of men and women “from every tribe and language and people and nation”. I wholeheartedly recommend it.” René Padilla, Former International Director of TearFund.

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