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Lynne Taylor 2020 imageSenior Lecturer
BSc(Canterbury), BA(Hons)(Canterbury), PhD(Flinders)

Room 4S1, Arts Building
Tel +64 3 479 5358

Lynne Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in the Theology Programme. She holds a PhD in Theology from Flinders University of South Australia, and undergraduate degrees in Human Geography from the University of Canterbury, NZ. Prior to and in conjunction with her academic role, Lynne has worked and volunteered in pastoral ministry, and engaged in congregational and denominational research.

Lynne's PhD explored the conversion experiences of previously unchurched Australians. Her ongoing research interests include contemporary conversion and faith formation; spirituality and well-being; loneliness; congregational studies; and research methodologies in practical theology and missiology.

She has published on spiritual practices; research methodologies for practical theology and missiology; faith formation; the role local churches can play in the well-being of older adults; and denominational trends. Lynne teaches papers in the areas of chaplaincy, pastoral care and contemporary Christian witness.


  • PAST 219 Christian Witness in a Secular World
  • PAST 319 Christian Witness in a Secular World (Advanced)
  • PAST 216 Current Perspectives on Pastoral Care
  • PAST 316 Current Perspectives on Pastoral Care (Advanced)
  • PAST 314 Cultures, Migration and Faith
  • MINS 408 Cultures, Migration and Faith (Advanced)

Preferred areas of supervision

I am keen to supervise in any of the areas listed under Current Research Interests below, as well as in other areas related to pastoral (or practical) theology and missiology. I also have particular skills and interest in qualitative and interdisciplinary research.

Current research

Current areas of research include:

  • Religious conversion and faith formation
  • Spirituality and well-being
  • Loneliness
  • Congregational studies (including church responses to local, national and international crises)
  • Pastoral transitions
  • Chaplaincy studies

Current postgraduate students

  • Jessica Bent (PhD) Church Family? How Familial Language is Understood and Used within Auckland Baptist Tabernacle Church: A Case Study
  • Deborah Broome (PhD) Sociality in Augustine's City of God
  • Hyeong Kim (PhD) The Adaptation of Three Religious Dimensions in Korean Church Context in New Zealand; Believing, Behaving and Belonging
  • Lance Lukin (PhD) Theological Impacts of Adoption
  • Jacqueline Tuffnell (PhD) What part does advocacy play in the healthcare chaplain's role? How do and how might healthcare chaplains practice as 'agents of challenge'?
  • Hilary Willett (MTheol) How has Covid-19 impacted what it means to be an Anglican priest in Aotearoa?

Completed postgraduate students

  • David Bosma (PhD) Finding Without Searching: A Theological Engagement with the Conversion Narratives of Young People in Canterbury, New Zealand


Taylor, L. (2022, January). Logia post: Taking church online, and leaving it there? The Logos Institute blogos, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK. Retrieved from
Other Research Output
Taylor, L., & Rooms, N. (2022). Report of the Christian Communities and Mission Study Group [Conference report]. Ecclesial Futures, 3(2), 7-10.
Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles
Leidenhag, J., Rapana, J., & Taylor, L. (2022, July). Women flourishing in the theological academy and church. Panel discussion at the Flourish Conference: The Good News of Science-Engaged Theology, Auckland, New Zealand.
Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs
Taylor, L. (2022). Flourishing during Covid: An exploration of churches' attention to Te Whare Tapa Whā. Proceedings of the Flourish Conference: The Good News of Science-Engaged Theology. (pp. 14). Retrieved from
Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract
Taylor, L. (2022, July). Pastoral care as mission: Church communities supporting wellbeing by offering connected, faithful, familiar, and holistic pastoral care in a vulnerable, wounded world. Verbal presentation at the 15th General Assembly of the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS): Power, Inequalities & Vulnerabilities, [Hybrid].
Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs
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