James Steven

Academic Dean, Coordinator for the Centre for Liturgy and Worship and Programme Leader for the MA in Christian Liturgy

E   jsteven@sarum.ac.uk
+44 (0)1722 424838

Dr Steven’s teaching experience in contemporary worship and ecclesiology includes analysis of ecclesiastical forms such as megachurch, emerging church and parish church from a practical theological perspective. He has also taught on liturgical theology and its role in informing the Bible and sacraments in worship.

Dr Steven’s doctoral research in the 1990s was an interdisciplinary study of the impact of Pentecostal / Charismatic spirituality upon public worship in the Church of England. The empirical methodological approach has become a standard reference for students engaged in practical theological research at King’s London.

The theological strand of the research has informed his expanding interest in understanding liturgical practice as a specific mode of practical theology. This has led to research into the recently published Anabaptist Daily Prayer Book, focusing upon the role of Bible and spirituality in public prayer. He plans to develop a research project on the relationship between trauma, theology and liturgy.

Recent Lectures

‘Spontaneity and Convention: The Spirit and Form in Worship’ – Conference at Holy Trinity Brompton: Holy Spirit in the World Today, May 2010

  • ‘21st Century Anabaptist Daily Prayer Books: Wild Flowers in the Liturgical Garden?’ – Society for Liturgical Studies Conference, August 2010
  • ‘Anabaptist Daily Prayer: Praying the Word’ – Cuddesdon College, November 2010



  • Lloyd, T., Steven. J., Tovey, P. Social Science Research Methods in Contemporary Liturgical Research: An Introduction, Joint Liturgical Study 39 (Hymns Ancient and Modern, 2010)
  • Steven, J.H.S Worship in the Spirit: Charismatic Worship in the Church of England (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2002)


  • Steven, J.H.S. ‘Pattern and Prayer‘, Church Times, 21/28 December 2012
  • Steven, J.H.S. ‘My Good Child, Know This‘, Church Times, 14 December 2012
  • Steven, J.H.S. ‘The Our Father to the Fore‘, Church Times, 7 December 2012
  • Steven, J.H.S. ‘Our Daily Remedy‘, Church Times, 30 November 2012
  • Steven, J.H.S. ‘Reviewing Anabaptist Daily Prayer: A Liturgical Turn by Prayerful Outriders’ in Anaphora, 2011 (forthcoming)
  • Walker A. and Steven J. ‘Charismatic Movement’ in McFarland, I.A., Fergusson, D.A.S, Kilby, K  and Torrence, I.R. (eds) The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 94-95
  • Steven, J.H.S ‘Charismatic Hymnody in the Light of Early Methodist Hymnody’ in Studia Liturgica, vol.27 (1997), no.2, 217-34

Book Chapters

  • ‘A Service of the Word’, in The Alcuin Guide to the Study of Liturgy and Worship (forthcoming)
  • ‘The Spirit in Contemporary Charismatic Worship’ in Berger, T. and Spinks, B. D. (eds) The Spirit in Worship and Worship in the Spirit (Collegeville Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2009), 245-59
  • ‘Twenty-nine years of News of Liturgy: the late twentieth-century liturgical blog (1975-2003)’ in Buchanan, C. An Evangelical Among the Anglican Liturgists (London: SPCK, 2009), 169-80
  • Contributor to Earey, M. and Myers, G. (eds) Common Worship Today: An Illustrated Guide to Common Worship (Harper Collins, 2001) and Common Worship Today: A Study Guide to Common Worship (St John’s Extension Studies, 2007)

Other Publications and Papers

  •  Worship in the Restoration Movement (Nottingham: Grove Books, 1989)
  • ‘Take our Moments and our Days: Anabaptist Daily Prayer’, article for Anabaptist Network News, Summer 2011 (forthcoming).


  • PhD, King’s College London: ‘Worship in the Spirit: A sociological andtheological appraisal of charismatic worship in the Church of England’  (awarded M.A. in 1987)
  • B.A. Theology, Cranmer Hall, St John’s College Durham
  • B.A. Natural Sciences, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Previous Appointments

  • Kings College London, Department of Educational and Professional Studies – Lecturer in Theology and Ministry and Programme Director of the Doctorate in Theology and Ministry (DThMin)
  • Tutor in Doctrine and Worship, Trinity College Bristol (2000-2008)
  • Director of Studies, responsible for the course management of undergraduate Theological Studies programmes at Trinity College Bristol, in partnership with Bristol Baptist College and Bristol University (2002-08)
  • Full time Chaplain at Bournemouth and Poole College of Further Education and Team Vicar in the Bournemouth Town Centre Parish. This role combined pioneering a full time chaplaincy in a large FE College with liturgical responsibilities in the parish. (1994-2000)
  • Actors’ Church Union Chaplain to Bournemouth Theatres (1991-2000)
  • Assistant curate, St. John’s with St. Michael’s, Bournemouth (1991-94)
  • Assistant curate, St John’s Church, Welling, Kent (1987-91)