Revd Dr Benjamin Aldous

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Job TitlePrincipal Officer for Mission and Evangelism
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ben.aldous@cte.org.uk

Telephone07547395382
Twitter@thejazzgoat
Bloghttps://thejazzgoat.wordpress.com

I am currently Principal Officer for Mission and Evangelism at Churches together in England. During the past 15 years I’ve been involved in church planting and parish ministry. In Cambodia from 2004-2009 I was part of a rural church planting team under the auspices of OMF international working alongside Korean and Japanese colleagues helping to grow small congregations along the tributaries of the Mekong river. From 2010 until 2018 I worked with ACSA (Anglican Church of Southern Africa) initially as a pastoral assistant. I was ordained in 2011 and from 2013 I led an evangelical Anglican church in Wynberg, Cape Town called St Johns. Over the past 5 or 6 years I’ve been involved in reflecting on and researching fresh expressions in South Africa. I see myself predominantly as a missiologist and facilitator. I live in Devon with my wife and 4 children.

Qualifications
PhD (Practical Theology)2019Stellenbosch University
MA (Global Mission)2012Gloucestershire University
MAAMS (Music – composition)2003Bristol University
BA (Hons) Music and Theology1998Liverpool Hope University
Roles
TeachingI have some experience in teaching at undergraduate level through the St John’s leadership academy on Cape Town. I have taught day seminars on mission shaped ministry to Dutch Reformed Pastors at Stellenbosch and give guest lectures on ethnography and fresh expressions at Sarum College.
Church experience and background I grew up in the Baptist church and flirted with Pentecostalism as an undergraduate student. I consider myself an ecclesiastical mongrel. My experience of Anglican life and worship has been predominantly shaped by the global south.
Roles and responsibilities in the wider church / academiaI am a trustee of CEA (Christian Enquiry Agency)
Research Interests and Supervision
Research interestsI grew up in Cornwall and my see myself as a Cornishman with three hearts. I have been profoundly shaped by cross cultural experiences in Cambodia and South Africa and as a subsequence am interested in the missiological insights of theologians from East Asia and Southern Africa. My PhD work was around the idea of authenticity in fresh expressions of church in a non-western context. To that end I am interested in general in contextual theology and intercultural studies. I am also interested in research methods especially ethnography. I’m also keen to think more about issues of postcolonialism and ‘other’ in the South African context and how that might have resonance in the UK context. I have a background in music and I’m interested in the work of Jeremy Begbie and the intersect between music and theology. In my role at CTE I am interested in broad issues around ecumenism and mission.
Supervision areas and levelContextual theology, general missiology, missional ecumenism, postcolonial mission, ethnography and related research methods, the theology of Kosuke Koyama, intercultural studies. I’m happy to be contacted by students up to MA level or early stages of PhD preparation
Publications
BooksAldous, B, Dunmore, I & Seevaratnam, M, Intercultural Fresh Expressions: Three Stories (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2020) Forthcoming
Journal articles and chaptersAldous, B.J. ‘Liturgy emerges from a wound’: Initial observations of developing ecclesial life from an ethnographic study of the Community Supper at St Peters, Mowbray, Cape Town Ecclesial Practices 7(2), (2020) Forthcoming

Aldous, B.J. Tussen kerk en niet-kerk: De Mowbray-gemeenschapsmaaltijd in Kaapstad, TussenRuimte (March 2020), 4-8.

Aldous, B.J. Pasties, Pirates and Practical Theology: Taking Cornish context and culture seriously when utilising the resource church model, Rural Theology Journal 18(2), (2020), 2-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14704994.2020.1727146

"How Can We Sing When We're in a Strange Land?" Practical Theology as Performance and Improvisation in a Post-colonial Context, Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 165 (November 2019), 24-49.

‘We see you’ – sawubona, safe spaces and being human together in South Africa: An ethnographic probe into a fresh expression of church, HTS Teologiese Studies 75:2 (2019)
https://hts.org.za/index.php/h...

‘Burning up or Being Renewed?: An Exegetical Study of 2 Peter 3:10- 13 and Revelation 21:1-5 from an Environmental/Ecological Perspective’, Encounters Mission Journal 37 (June 2011), 1-10. https://encountersmissionjournal.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/burning_up_or_being_renewed_371.pdf
Other‘Towards an assessment of fresh expressions of church in ACSA (The Anglican Church of Southern Africa) Through an ethnographic study of the community supper at St Peter’s Church in Mowbray, Cape Town’ (Stellenbosch University, 2019) https://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/106062