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Revd Canon Maurice Elliott

MA, BTh, MPhil, PhD

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Dr Maurice Elliott studied languages, linguistics and theology in St Andrews, and theology through both Dublin and Belfast. His academic interests include homiletics, the theory and practice of contemporary Christian leadership and Anglican Reformation ecclesiology. 

Prior to taking up his current post as Director of the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in 2008, he spent fifteen years in parochial ministry in Northern Ireland. In terms of training and ministerial formation, his passion is for mission and church growth, leadership and team ministry, biblical preaching and personal spiritual development. 

Research Interests: 

Homiletics, Christian Leadership, Anglican Reformation ecclesiology. 

Memberships and Affiliations:  

He holds memberships of the British and Irish Association for Practical Theology, the Academy of Homiletics and the Evangelical Theological Society, has been a visiting lecturer at Edgehill Theological College, Belfast and Ming Hua Theological College, Hong Kong, is a contributor to the journals Search and Churchman and serves currently as an External Examiner to the Belfast Bible College University Programme.

Central Church Committees: 

General Synod (1996– ).
Standing Committee (2000–2003, 2006– ).
Bishops’ Advisory Commission on Doctrine (2004– ).
Covenant Council (2002– ).
Church in Society Northern Ireland Legislation and Politics (2003).
ARCIC II study and response groups (1998, 2006).
Liturgical Advisory Committee (1999–2004).
Church of Ireland Youth Department Board (1999–2002).
Anglican Covenant Response Group (2007–2009).
Anglican Affairs Working Group (2006– ).
Commission on Ministry (2008– )
Commission for Christian Unity and Dialogue (2016–). 

International and Ecumenical Involvement: 

Anglican Consultative Council (2006– ); participant, ACC–14, Jamaica, May 2009; ACC–15, Auckland, November 2012, ACC–16, Lusaka, April, 2016. 

Anglican Communion Theological College Principals’ Consultation, Canterbury (May 2011). 

Church of Ireland representative, the General Synod, the Scottish Episcopal Church (2007, 2010). 

Church of Ireland Representative, General Assembly, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (2008). 

Church of Ireland Representative, Conference of the Methodist Church in Ireland (2006). 

Dissertations Supervised:

(2013) ‘Leading the Church of Ireland parish beyond maintenance towards mission’

(2013) ‘The nature and expression of servant leadership among contemporary Church of Ireland clergy’

(2013) ‘The methodology and praxis of effective preaching’

(2015) ‘A theology of vision: its pastoral implications’

(2015) ‘Christian formation within working class communities in the Church of Ireland: the purpose and use of liturgy’

(2015) ‘Equipping older women for active involvement in Church’

(2015) ‘Intergenerational integration and missing millennials’

(2015) ‘“Until Christ is formed in you”: What is the significance of the intergenerational worshipping context for the Christian formation of the community of faith? What are the implications of this for the shaping of worship, initiation and nurture in the Church of Ireland today?’

(2016) ‘End of life care within a palliative care setting: a consideration of the theology and praxis of appropriate pastoral care’

(2016) ‘“He who has ears to hear, let him hear”: examining adult need and responsibility to listen’.

(2017) ‘“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”: Christian mentoring as an effective tool in developing disciples and leaders in the Church of Ireland’

(2017) ‘Mind and ministry: to what extent is secular psychotherapy compatible with Christian pastoral care?’