About The Global Church Project
An initiative of the Centre for the Research of Global Christianity
The Global Church Project (TGCP) is a research initiative of the Centre for the Research of Global Christianity (CRGC), which is a research centre based at Stirling Theological College (the University of Divinity). Its co-directors are Assoc. Professor Graham Joseph Hill (University of Divinity, Australia) and Professor Grace Ji-Sun Kim (Earlham School of Religion, USA).
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 Global Church 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. Assoc. Professor Graham Joseph Hill
Rev. Associate Professor Graham Joseph Hill has been in theological education for 16 years and Christian ministry for 30. He has planted churches, pastored, taught theology, and trained women and men for ministry and mission. He served as Principal and Assoc. Professor at Stirling Theological College (University of Divinity) since 2020. Graham is the founding Director of The Global Church Project and the Centre for the Research of Global Christianity. Before Stirling College, Graham served in Baptist theological colleges in Australia from 2004–2019 in roles including Vice-Principal and Provost.
Graham received his MTheol from the University of Notre Dame Australia, and a PhD from Flinders University. He is the author of 10 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). His writings have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Graham 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. He also teaches within the Doctor of Ministry program of Abilene Christian University in Texas. He serves on theological committees within the Asia-Pacific Baptist Federation and the Baptist World Alliance.
Graham has 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. He has 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.
Graham has served on the editorial committee for the book Christianity in Oceania (Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity), published by Edinburgh University Press. He is the Chair of the Theological Advisory Taskforce of Common Grace (a community of almost 50,000 Australian Christians). Graham is on the Executive of the University of Divinity, along with the Vice-Chancellor and other seminary Principals.
Graham’s main areas of research include trends in World Christianity and themes in applied theology. He loves thinking about Christian approaches to faith, life, and culture. He writes about themes in biblical equality, biblical studies, systematic theology, mission, and justice. He teaches courses on Christian leadership, church revitalisation, and missional theology. His teaching areas also include spiritual formation and World Christianity. He often lectures on church health, leading through change and transition, and more. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He loves supervising research Masters and Doctoral students.
The Baptist Churches of Australia ordained Graham in 2000. He has pastored and planted churches in Perth and Sydney. One of his great joys in ministry has been pastoring in some of the largest churches in Australia. Graham attends Epping Church of Christ. This church is a healthy, missional, and Christ-centred church in Sydney. He has the joy of being a frequent conference speaker in Australia and around the world.
Graham has been married to Felicity since 1996, and they have three daughters.
“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
Professor Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Grace Ji-Sun Kim received her M.Div. from Knox College (University of Toronto) and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She is Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion.
Kim is the author or editor of 19 books, Hope in Disarray: Piecing Our Lives Together in Faith; Reimagining Spirit, Keeping Hope Alive (Orbis Books), Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide (Fortress Press) cowritten with Dr. Susan Shaw; Healing Our Broken Humanity, co-written with Graham Hill, The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Holy Spirit, Mother Daughter Speak, co-written with Elisabeth Sophia Lee; Planetary Solidarity (Fortress Press) co-edited with Hilda Koster; Intercultural Ministry co-edited with Jann Aldredge-Clanton (Judson Press); Making Peace with the Earth (WCC); Embracing the Other (Eerdmans); Here I Am(Judson Press); Christian Doctrines for Global Gender Justice (Palgrave) co-edited with Jenny Daggers; Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style” (Palgrave Macmillan) co-written with Joseph Cheah; Contemplations from the Heart (Wipf & Stock); Reimagining with Christian Doctrines co-edited with Jenny Daggers (Palgrave Macmillan); Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Power (Palgrave Macmillan); The Holy Spirit, Chi and the Other (Palgrave Macmillan); and The Grace of Sophia (Pilgrim Press).
Englewood Review of Books listed Reimagining Spirit as one of the Best Theology Books of 2019and Intersectional Theology co-written with Susan Shaw as one of the Best Theology Books of 2018! Healing Our Broken Humanity, co-written with Graham Hill was included in their list of Best Books of 2018 Advent Calendar.
She is a co-editor with Joseph Cheah for the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series, “Asian Christianity in the Diaspora”. Kim has also written over 70 book chapters, journal articles and book reviews. Kim is a much sought after lecturer and has given papers/lectures throughout the United States and in Malaysia, Korea, Myanmar, Spain, Qatar, Brazil, Switzerland, Peru, England, South Africa, Paris and Canada.
Kim served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Religion as an At-Large Director. She served on the American Academy of Religion’s (AAR) “Research Grants Jury Committee” and was co-chair of AAR’s steering committee, “Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching and Activism Group.” She sits on the editorial board for the Journal for Religion and Popular Culture and is a referee for 3 journals: Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture and The Global Studies Journal. She is an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School.
Kim is a member of the working group on Climate Change for the World Council of Churches. Kim served on the board for the Korean American Clergywomen and is also a member of the Presbyterian Church(USA)’s Social Ethics Network. She is also serving on the Committee of Ministry for the Lehigh Presbytery.
She is honored to be included in the Englewood Review of Book‘s list of “Ten Important Women Theologians That You Should Be Reading” and to be included in their list of books to read under “Our God is Too White? Diversifying our Theology”. Eerdmans included her in Five Great Women Scholars (and Their Books) and is included in the “15 Majority World Books that will Change the Way you see the World in 2017”. She is also one of the “Top 10 Writers Shaping Our Movement” put together by the Center for Progressive Renewal.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim is an ordained minister of word and sacrament within the PC (USA) denomination. She is married to Dr. Perry Y.C. Lee (Associate Professor of Mathematics, Kutztown University) and they have 3 children Theo, Elisabeth and Joshua.
What People Are Saying About The Global Church Project
“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
“Graham Hill’s Global Church 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 Director of the Tinsley Institute, Morling College
“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 Global Church 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 Global Church 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 Global Church 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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