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Lecturer in Missiology and Pastoral Studies

Revd Patrick McGlinchey

BA, BTh, MA, PhD


Paddy has both undergraduate and post–graduate degrees in Theology from the University of Nottingham, and a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. His academic interests include twentieth century Roman Catholic theology, the emerging church movement and Fresh Expressions.

Prior to ordination in the Church of England, he worked as a school teacher and later as the Coordinator of the City of Belfast YMCA’s Cross Community Schools’ Programme. His pastoral experience, which includes the planting of a joint Anglican/Baptist church in the Diocese of Norwich, has been profoundly motivated by his concern that the Church engage missionally with the culture. Prior to coming to CITI, he was the Church of Ireland chaplain to Queen’s University, Belfast. He is currently on the Church of Ireland Board of Mission and lives in Dublin with his wife Helen. They have three adult children, Paul, Patrick and Timothy.

Memberships and Affiliations:

CMSI board member.

Joseph Ratzinger Society for Biblical Theology.

Church of Ireland Board of Mission 2017.

Research Interests:

Roman Catholic theology, Fresh Expressions.

Dissertations Supervised:

(2012) ‘An exploration of the opposing views within the Anglican Communion regarding homosexual practice, with specific reference to the Church of Ireland’.

(2012) ‘Is the new masculinity movement a viable model for engaging men with God and the Church?’

(2012) ‘In its mission to young people, how might the Church of Ireland negotiate the tension between the pragmatism of contextual tailored approaches and the aspirational vision of the unity and diversity of the body of Christ?’

(2013) ‘Occupy faith: the movement of movements and its implications for Christian practice.’

(2014) ‘The legacy of the Charismatic renewal in the Church of Ireland.’

(2014) ‘Fresh expressions of Church and their capacity to enable growth in the local church: a biblical, practical and theological study of fresh expressions in the Irish context.’

(2014) ‘Saving lives: an examination of the potential for ministry to the suicidal in the Church of Ireland.’

(2015) Let us celebrate the feast: the service of Holy Communion in spiritual formation and mission.’

(2015) ‘Sameplication for Christian Practice. sex marriage: development or departure? The socio–ecclesiological and theological setting of same sex marriage in the Irish context.’

(2015) ‘Saving Lives: An Examination of the Potential for Ministry to the Suicidal in the Church of Ireland’

(2016) ‘Raising awareness of Church of Ireland clergy and lay ministers about sex trafficking: towards a practical response.’

(2016) ‘“Renewing fatherhood”: An everyday theology of fatherhood for the church.’

(2016) ‘The New Wine movement and its significance for mission in the Church of Ireland.’

(2017) ‘“Engage compassionately with the world and society in all its rich variety of need and opportunity”. The mission statement of the House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland highlights the need for the Church of Ireland to engage with all in our society. In light of the degree of need and deprivation in Irish society, is the Church of Ireland successful in achieving this goal?’

(2017) ‘Christian conversion: moment or movement? An attempt to develop an holistic approach to conversion.’

(2017) ‘Generation why: “Millennial” engagement with the Church and how the Church of Ireland can offer a place that encourages spiritual growth and active participation.’

(2018) ‘A theological and pastoral model for the ministry of healing’

(2018) ‘Divine Intervention: The Role of Spirituality in Overcoming Addiction’

(2019) ‘What lessons on growth can the Church of Ireland learn from the approach of a growing Anglican church, the Anglican Church of Kenya’

(2020) ‘ An assessment of the Missiological Potential and Limitations of Remembrance in the Context of the Church of Ireland’

(2021) ‘Discipling on Church Street: The Lukan Saviour, His First Disciples and Discipleship in a Modern Irish Context’