Stephen Skuce, Ph.D. (Queen's University, Belfast)

Director of Global Relationships for the British Methodist Church; PhD Supervisor, Cliff College.

An Irish Methodist minister, Stephen's previous experience includes pastoral ministry in Ireland, missionary service in Sri Lanka and university chaplaincy in Dublin. Formerly Academic Dean at Cliff College and then Director of Research for the Methodist Church, Stephen now oversees the world church relationships team for the Methodist Church.  His research and publishing interests are primarily in the area of mission and inter-faith understanding.

Selected Relevant Publications


Faith Reborn: Mission in a (Wonderfully) Strange New Ireland (Sheffield: CC Academic Press, 2008)

The Faiths of Ireland (Dublin: Columba, 2006)

 Drifting (Dublin: The Bible Society, 2006) [co-author]


‘DT Niles’ in T Yates with S Skuce Twentieth Century Missiology: Issues and Thinkers (Calver: Cliff College Publishing, 2014)

 ‘Not Just Us and Them’ in T Yates (ed), Mission and the Next Christendom (Calver: Cliff College Publishing, 2005)


‘Us and Others: Christianity and other faiths’, MET, (Spring 2018)

‘Growing Methodism in the North East’, The Connexion, Issue 8 (Spring 2017)

‘Recognising Reality: World Methodism and (Re) Establishing the Church’ Rethinking Mission, March 2017

‘From good mission to excellent evangelism’ The Connexion, Issue 1 (Winter 2015)

‘Emerging from the Rural Church: appropriate missional practice’ in Rural Theology Vol 10, No 2 (2012)

‘Wesleyan Pneumatology’ in Journal of the European Pentecostal Association Vol 32, No 1 (2012)

 ‘A World of Faiths’ in Ichthus Vol. 161, No. 2 (Summer 2011)

‘Towards an Authentic Wesleyan Inter-Faith Understanding’ in Studies in Interreligious Dialogue Vol. 19, No 1 (2009)

 ‘Invulnerable Mission: a Confession’ in Momentum Oct 2008

‘The Sri Lankan Influence on a Irish Theological Journey’ in Sri Lankan Journal of Theological Reflection Vol. 3, No 1 (2007)

‘The Danish Cartoons Crisis: A Methodist Response’ in Headline, Summer 2006

 'Faith in Ulster: Facing up to Diversity' in Lion and Lamb, No. 37, Autumn 2004

‘Persecution in Sri Lanka’ in Church in Chains, No. 70, Summer 2004
 Professional Papers:

 ‘Professional Doctorates and Reflective Practice in Christian Ministry’ Facilitating the Faith sector conf, Sarum College, 27-28 November 2017.

 ‘Methodism, Growth and Evangelism’, University of Roehampton, 21 November 2017

 ‘Methodist Heritage and Mission’ Orphan House Lecture, 21 May 2016, Newcastle

‘Research, practice and the professional Christian minister’, Ministry & management: God & mammon? Conference, 2 September 2014, University of Roehampton

‘The Past, Present and Future (?) of Methodist World Mission’, Oxford-Manchester Methodist Studies Seminar, 30 November 2013, Manchester

 ‘Authentically Wesleyan: Towards a Complete Wesleyan Engagement with People of Other Faiths’ 13thOxford Institute for Methodist Theological Studies, 12-19 August 2013, Christ Church, Oxford

 ‘Living in a Global World’ The 5th Wesley International Conference, 3 November 2011, Hyupsung University, Korea

 ‘Emerging from the Rural Church’ Faith and the Future of the Countryside Conference, 3-5 November 2010, Swanick

 ‘John Wesley’s Inter-Faith Understanding’, MMS History Project Conference, 28 October 2008, Birmingham

 ‘The Panadura Controversy of 1873: Evangelical Zeal or Assault on Ceylonese Society’, MMS History Project Conference, 24 November 2005, Birmingham.

 'Missiological Implications for Ireland’, BIAMS Conference. 12 June 2005, Belfast

 'Them and Us, Now and Then – Early Irish Methodist Missionary Inter-Faith Understanding Compared with 2003 Survey’, MMS History Project Conference.  24 November, 2004, Birmingham.

 ‘Interreligious Ireland – Lessons for Third Level Education from Ireland’s Past and Present Inter-Faith Experience’, Globalisation and Inclusion: Challenges for Professional Education in the Third Level Sector, a DCI-UCC conference. 1 June, 2004, University College, Cork.