Welcome to this research guide for postgraduate students in the Southern
Hemisphere. Come, friends, who cannot afford expensive software or
subscription to databases. We can still engage in first-class research.
This website on "Developing Methods for Studying Congregations in East
Asia" comes out of the course content I offer to fresh MTh students in
the Christianity in Asia concentration, many of whom have had little
exposure to a research environment.
Fear not! Historical and mission research in Christianity in Asia can be
fun, relevant and rewarding. The purpose of this website is to
accompany you in acquiring research skills and fundamental concepts that you can
(on short term) come up with a MTh thesis at the end of your first year of
study, and (on longer term) in enabling you to develop skills and outlooks
that you can build up historical studies in your seminary when you return
There are three components in this exercise:
By the end of this journey, you will be able to
1. gain hands-on experience in methodologies in congregational studies
2. be familiar with research tools and skills used in historical research
3. be familiar with the requirements for producing a master/doctoral thesis.
Note: Linked documents are in pdf or djvu format.