Professor Darren Cronshaw

Head of Research & Professor of Missional Leadership, Australian College of Ministries
BA, DipEd, MLitt, BTh(hons), TheolM, DMin, DTheol, GradDipHE, CertIVTAA, CertIVLeadership&Mgt, FHERDSA

Professor Darren Cronshaw is passionate about training, coaching, and resourcing leaders and missionaries. Alongside his academic work, Darren is a Chaplain (Part-Time) with the Australian Army and has served at the Army School of Transport in Puckapunyal and 1 Recruit Training Battalion in Kapooka. He is an ordained Baptist pastor and also currently serves as Pastor of AuburnLife Baptist Church in Melbourne and as honorary Chaplain at Swinburne University. For 10 years he served the broader tribe of Baptist churches in Victoria as Coordinator of Leadership Training (2007-12) and Mission Catalyst – Researcher (2012-17).

Darren has written broadly on missional leadership, public theology, congregational transformation and the engagement of the gospel with culture. He serves on editorial committees including Mission Studies, Exchange, Practical Theology and the new book series Faith and Justice in these Lands Now Called Australia. His current research supervision includes topics of leadership, diaspora missiology, congregational studies, ministry in pandemic times, and military moral injury.

Areas of Interest

  • Missiology
  • Pastoral theology and practice

Research Strengths

  • Empirical congregational studies
  • Missional leadership

Currently working on

• Faith and work edited volume
• Holy Land study tours collaborative research
• Moral injury collaborative research (Warrier Welcome Home Research Project)
• Military ethics and character development training



2018 Reimagining Home: Understanding, Reconciling and Engaging with God's Stories Together
Cronshaw, D., Dewerse, R., & Jackson, D., Morling Press Sydney 2018
2017 Dangerous Prayer: Discovering a missional spirituality in the Lord's Prayer
Paternoster Press Milton Keynes 2017
2014 Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians
Hammond, K., and Cronshaw D., IVP, Downers Grove 2014
2013 Baptists in Australia: A Church with a Tradition and a Future
Hughes, P., and Cronshaw, D., CRA, Melbourne 2013
2006 Credible Witness: Companions, Prophets, Hosts and Other Australian Mission Models UNOH
Publications, Melbourne 2006

Book Chapters and Refereed Articles

2021 Hopeful cross-cultural encounters to support student well-being and graduate attributes in higher education
Daddow, A., Cronshaw, D., Daddow N., and Sandy, R. Journal of Studies in International Education 24:4, (pp.474-490) DOI
2021 Strengthening inter-cultural literacy and minority voices through narratives of healthy religious pluralism in higher education
International Journal of Inclusive Education 25:10, (pp.1174-1189) DOI
2021 Formation, continuity and multiplication of churches within Australian Church Planting Movement (CPM) Paradigms
Cronshaw, D., and Milne, D., Missio Dei: A Journal of Missional Theology and Praxis 12:1 (Winter-Spring). Missiodeijournal.Com
2021 Beyond Divisive Categorization in Young Adult Fiction: Lessons from Divergent
International Journal of Public Theology 15:4 (Nov) (pp. 426-445)
2021 An Elephant in the Room: University Chaplains Nurturing Healthy Religious Diversity through Respectful Dialogue
Cronshaw, D., and Daddow, N., Journal of Beliefs & Values 42:4 (pp. 466-481)
2021 Finding Common Ground: Grassroots Dialogue Principles for Interreligious Learning at University
Journal of Religious Education 69 (March), (pp. 127-144)
2020 Look Beyond the Mask: What We Ignore about Family & Domestic Violence Can Kill
Australian Army Chaplaincy Journal (pp. 46-59)
2020 Missio Dei is Mission Trinitas: Sharing the Whole Life of God, Father, Son and Spirit
Mission Studies 37:1, March (pp. 119-141)
2020 Exploring local church praxis of public theology
International Journal of Public Theology 14, (pp.68-96)
2020 Re-valuing research in theological education
Higher Education Research and Development Journal 39:1, (pp.53-66)
2019 On the Brink of Everything: Embracing Generativity with Parker Palmer In Seibel, C.,
The Generative Church: Global Conversations about Investing in Emerging Generations (pp. 185-202)
2019 Resisting the Empire in Young Adult Fiction: Lessons from Hunger Games
International Journal of Public Theology 13, (pp.119-139)
2019 “Growing Young” in Australian Baptist Churches: Surveying Formation, Belonging and Mission
Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context 48:2, (pp.156-181)
2019 “Sticky Faith” in Australian Baptist Churches: Surveying Generational Participation and Ministry Priorities
Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context 48:1, (pp.3-25)
2019 Embodied Spiritual Practices on the Run: Six Exercises for a Spirituality of Running
Darren Cronshaw and Stephen Parker, Practical Theology 12:3, June (pp.239-249)
2018 Beyond Divisive Categorization in Young Adult Fiction: Lessons from Divergent' In Maher, A.
Explorations in Practical Theology: Engaging the Politics of Division, [Association of Practical Theology in Oceania conference volume]
2018 The Relational Teacher: Sharing Life as Vocational Essence
In Wondering about God Together: Research Led Learning and Teaching in Theological Education, eds. Les Ball and Peter Bolt. SCD Press, Sydney 2018 (pp. 338-351)
2017 Reimagining Faith-based Leadership for the Greater Good
Cronshaw, D., Barnett, B., Daddow, N., Duncan, B., and Morgan, F., in Wellbeing, Personal Wholeness and the Social Fabric: An Interdisciplinary Approach, eds. Harrison, J., Costache, D., and Cronshaw, D., Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle upon Tyne 2017 (pp.266-296)
2015 A Commission “Great” for Whom? Postcolonial Contrapuntal Readings of Matthew 28:18-20 and the Irony of William Carey
Transformation 33:2, (pp.110-123)

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