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Dr Helen Cameron


Dr Helen Cameron

Areas of Expertise 

Theological Reflection
Faith Based Facilitation
Church-State Relations
Pratical Theology


Dr Helen Cameron is Head of Public Affairs for the UK with Republic of Ireland Territory.  Together with her team she promotes and defends the work of The Salvation Army with politicians and policy-makers in the interests of greater social justice for those people the Army serves. 

Helen is the author of a number of books and her most recent book is  Just Mission: Practical Politics for Local Churches. The book shows how congregations can fight for social justice on issues arising from their ministry and mission. She also has publications in the fields of Voluntary Sector Studies, Sociology of Religion and Practical Theology.

Helen’s earlier career includes a decade as a civil servant with jobs in the area of vocational education and training.  This was followed by nearly twenty years doing postgraduate education and working as an academic.  She was Senior Tutor on the MA in Consultancy for Ministry and Mission from 2000 to 2010. 

From 2007 to 2010 Helen set up the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology at an Anglican Theological College, Ripon College Cuddesdon.  The Centre undertook work on Fresh Expressions of Church and emerging models of chaplaincy.  A key collaboration was with Heythrop College, London in the Action Research: Church and Society Project which developed Theological Action Research and the Four Voices of Theology model of theological reflection.  During this period she was also involved in some of the ground work for Faith-Based Facilitation - a Salvation Army approach to theological reflection.


  • Cameron, H. (2017 forthoming) ‘Theological Action Research’ in Linda Woodhead (ed.), How to Research Religion: Putting Methods into Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Cameron, H. (2015) Just Mission: Practical Politics for Local Churches. London: SCM Press
  • Cameron, H. (2015) Congregation and congregationalism. in Vocabulary for the Study of Religion. Robert Segal & Kocku von Stuckrad (eds). Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers
  • Cameron, H. (2014). "The Morality of the Food Parcel: Emergency Food as a Response to Austerity." Practical Theology 7(3): 194-204.
  • Cameron, H. and C. Duce (2013) Researching Practice in Ministry and Mission: A Companion. London: SCM Press
  • Cameron, H, J. Reader, V. Slater with C. Rowland (2012) Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing: Pastoral Practice and Public Theology. London, SCM Press.
  • Watkins, C. and H. Cameron (2012). Ephiphanic Sacramentality: An Example of Practical Ecclesiology Revisioning Theological Understanding. Explorations in Ecclesiology and Ethnography. C. B. Scharen, William B Eerdmans Publishing Co. Grand Rapids MI: 71-89.
  • Watkins, C., D. Bhatti, et al. (2012). Practical Ecclesiology: What Counts as Theology in Studying the Church? Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography. P. Ward (ed.). Grand Rapids MI, William B Eerdmans Publishing Co.
  • Cameron, H. (2012). "Engagement and critique: Good news for Society." Practical Theology 5(1): 11-26.
  • Cameron, H., H. Ison, and D. Read. (2012). Poverty and Fresh Expressions: Emerging Forms of Church in Deprived Communities. London, Church Urban Fund.
  • Cameron, H, D. Bhatti, et al (2010). Talking about God in Practice: Theological Action Research and Practical Theology.  London, SCM Press.
  • Cameron, H. (2010). Resourcing Mission: Practical Theology for Changing Churches. London, SCM Press.
  • Cameron, H. (2009). Networks: The Blurring of Institution and Market: How should the Church engage? in Entering the new theological space: Blurred encounters in faith, politics and community. (eds) C. Baker and J. Reader. Aldershot, Ashgate.
  • Bhatti, D., H. Cameron, et al. (2008). Living Church in the Global City: Theology in Practice. London, Heythrop College: ARCS Research Report
  • Andrews, J., H. Cameron, et al. (2008). “All Change? Managers' Experience of Organizational Change in Theory and Practice.” Journal of Organizational Change Management 21(3): 300-314
  • Cameron, H. and G. Jackson (2008). One ministry, separate spheres: The experiences of ordained women in senior leadership in The Salvation Army in the UK. in Women and Ordination in the Christian Churches: International Perspectives. I. Jones, J. Wootton and K. Thorpe (eds). London, Continuum.
  • Cameron, H. (2007). Are Members Volunteers?  An Exploration of the Concept of Membership drawing upon Studies of the Local Church. In Volunteering and the Test of Time: IVR Tenth Anniversary Essay Collection. (ed) J. D. Smith.              
  • Cameron, H. (2007). “Let it not be so among you: Women and Men in Leadership, Ministry and Governance.” Word and Deed 9(2): 63-88
  • Cameron, H. (2007). “Book Review: God's Potters by Jackson W Carrroll (2006).” Epworth Review. 34(2): 85-86
  • Cameron, H. (2007). ‘Belonging then Believing: Alpha in The Salvation Army’. in Alpha in the UK. A. Brookes (ed). London, CTBI.
  • Cameron, H. (2006). “Book Review: Creative Church Leadership, ed. John Adair and John Nelson (Canterbury Press, 2004).” Theology CIX (May/June): 230-232.
  • Le Cornu, A., H. Cameron, et al. (2006). “Managing Distance Learning in a Face-to-Face Culture.” Brookes eJournal of Learning and Teaching 1(4).
  • Cameron, H., P. Richter, et al., Eds. (2005). Studying Local Churches: A Handbook. London, SCM Press.
  • Cameron, H., E. Pallant, et al. (2005). “Professional Identity, Regulation and Formation - A review of Values in Professional Practice: Lessons for Health, Social Care and Other Professionals.” Contact: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies (145): 33-41.
  • Cameron, H. (2004). “Review of 'Public Faith? The State of Religious Faith and Practice in Britain'.” Journal of Contemporary Religion 19(3): 378-9.
  • Cameron, H. (2004). Are Congregations Associations? The contribution of organisational studies to congregational studies? Congregational Studies in the UK: Christianity in a Post-Christian context. M. Guest, K. Tusting and L. Woodhead (eds). London, Ashgate.
  • Cameron, H. (2004). “Typology of Religious Characteristics of Social Service and Educational Organizations and Programs - A European Response.” in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 33, 1: 146-150
  • Cameron, H. (2003) The Decline of the Church in England as a local membership organisation: Predicting the nature of civil society in 2050. Predicting Religion: Mainstream and Margins in the West. G. Davie, L. Woodhead and P. Heelas. London, Ashgate.
  • Cameron, H., M. Wilhelm, et al. (2002). “Editorial.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 31(4): 459-462. Guest editor for conference issue.
  • Cameron, H. (2001). “Review of 'Faith in Politics'.” Political Theology 3(1): 109-112.
  • Cameron, H. (2001). A Perspective from the Study of Religious Organisations. Organisational Theory and the Non-Profit Form: Proceedings of a seminar series at the LSE Centre for Civil Society. H. K. Anheier (ed). London, Centre for Civil Society, LSE: 52-61.
  • Cameron, H. (2000). 'Colleagues or Clients? The Relationship between Clergy and Church Members.' in Professionalism, Boundaries and the Workplace.  N. Malin, (Ed.) London: Routledge.