The Susanna Wesley Foundation (SWF) is a community of scholarship, research and innovation based at Southlands College. It was developed to provide a focus and strategic direction for the Southlands Methodist Trust that serves the changing needs of the Methodist Church as well as other faith communities and organisations.
The SWF creates and promotes opportunities in research, dialogue, and resource development in the areas of management, leadership and organisation. Its core purpose is to help the Church to enhance its self-understanding and develop its practice through research, reflection and dialogue.
The work of the Foundation
The work of the Foundation focuses on four overlapping themes:
Learning for management, leadership and ministry
Exploring the processes of equipping people for ministry and leadership in churches and faith communities, both lay and ordained.
Work, life and identity in ministry
Exploring ways in which those called to roles in churches shape their contributions and how this work impacts on identity and well-being.
Diversity in leadership and ministry
Exploring issues around difference, inclusion and participation in relation to leadership and ministry in churches and faith communities.
Governance, management and organisation in churches
Exploring structures, systems, decision-making and transformative change processes within churches and faith communities.
The Susanna Wesley Foundation encourages collaborative conversation and constructive dialogue, values interdisciplinary study, and promotes action research (especially theological action research). We understand learning as a social process and organisations as complex systems.
Find out more about the Susanna Wesley Foundation
Learn more about their work at the Susanna Wesley Foundation website.