Portland Trust

The Portland Research Trust was established in 2004 to “promote the education, research and study of religion and faith”. To date the focus of research has been in the areas of:

  •  faith development,
  •  faith journeys of church leavers,
  • emerging forms of church,
  • Christian faith and church involvement in New Zealand,
  • spiritual intelligence 
  • A relevant theology of Christian hope for postmodern contexts.

Alan Jamieson

Alan Jamieson is a pastor who has also trained as a sociologist. His PhD,(published under the title – A Churchless Faith) researched why people leave their church and their journeys of faith beyond regular church involvement.

Seminars and Workshops

Alan Jamieson is available to lead workshops and seminars in the following areas:

  • ‘Journeying with people of faith in and beyond congregations’
  • ‘Christian faith development and how churches can nurture multiple faith stages’
  • ‘Journeying in the wildernesses of faith and despair’
  • ‘What happens to the faith of those who leave?’
  • ‘Stages of faith in a postmodern context’