Rev Dr Nigel Pegram

Rev Dr Nigel Pegram

Director of Postgraduate Studies, School of Ministry and Theology

+61 8 6267 1123
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Nigel has been an ordained minister of Churches of Christ in Australia since 1990. He has had roles in local church ministry and at state and national levels. He has been married for over thirty years and has two adult children. He is passionate about long-term sustainable ministry whereby Christians are able to develop their gifts and skills to the full for the benefit of the Kingdom of God and the wider community.


DMin (Tabor Adelaide)
Dissertation Title Emotional Intelligence and the Prevention of Ministry Burnout 2015

MTh (Melbourne College of Divinity)
Dissertation Title Exegetical Issues in Hosea 1-3 1999

BTh (Hons) (Murdoch University)
Dissertation Title The Translation of אַף כִּי־ Using Functional Grammar 1989

DipMin (Hons) (Churches of Christ Theological College, Mulgrave, Vic) 2000

Current Research

Models of provision of chaplaincy in Western Australian hospitals

This project examines the method of provision of chaplaincy, with particular focus on atypical models of provision. The strengths and limitations of these models are compared with more standard models of provision.

Burnout among ministers in Western Australia

This project examines the levels of burnout among ministers in WA. In addition it compares the PANAS and Francis Burnout Inventory (FBI) to examine some concerns about the construct validity of the FBI.

Research Interests

Mission Australia Community Chaplaincy Research Partnership

At the start of 2022, Mission Australia and Alphacrucis University College entered in to a five-year research partnership to develop models and measures for Mission Australia's new Community Chaplaincy project. Nigel is lead researcher for the team which involves staff from across various schools within Alphacrucis.


  • 2010
    • Pegram, N.D. & Tan R. (2010). Ministry Life Skills Foundations. Minstry Life Skills Centre, Perth.

Book Chapter

  • 2022
    • Pegram, N.D.(2022). Professionals in Hospital Chaplaincy Provision: an Australian case study In Darren Cronshaw, Maggie Kappelhoff, and Steve Taylor, Refaithing Work: Theological and Missiological Perspectives for a Disrupted Age (pp. Forthcoming). Leiden: Brill.
  • 2012
    • Pegram, N.D.(2012). Emotional Intelligence and Ministry Burnout In Jon Newton, New Frontiers: Redefining Christian Ministry in 21st Century Contexts (pp. 154-188). Mosaic, Preston, Vic.

Journal Article

  • 2021
    • Austin, D.A., Pegram, N.D., Hodson, C., Hepplewhite, G., Nelson, B. (2021). Australian Higher Education Third Party Arrangements: An Independent Provider Case Study. Tertiary Education and Management, .
  • 2018
    • Pegram, N. (2018). Emotion and Ministry, a Study in Research Methodology. Journal of Contemporary Ministry, 4 47-60. | External link
  • 2017
    • Pegram, N.D.(2017). Passion and Sustainable Ministry. Pointers: Bulletin of the Christian Research Association, 27(2) 7-10.
    • Pegram, Nigel (2017). Appreciative Inquiry — A Strategy for Being a Healthy Church. Journal of Contemporary Ministry, 3 67-81. | External link

Research and Professional Grants

  • 2021
    • Community Chaplaincy Program, $250000, Mission Australia


Academic Conference

  • 2022
    • A model of faith community engagement for community chaplains in a project among disadvantaged communities (2022), International Association for Mission Studies, Sydney, Australia, 07 Jul 2022
  • 2021
    • Measuring Distress in Christian Ministry (2021), BIAPT Annual Conference 2021, Online/UK, 13 Jul 2021
    • Formal response to Keynote Speaker Brian Brock (2021), ANZATS Annual Conference 2021, Online, 05 Jul 2021
  • 2019
    • Moving forward in empirical ministry research: case studies in measuring emotional intelligence and passion in Christian ministry (2019), British and Irish Association for Practical Theology, Liverpool, UK, 09 Jul 2019
  • 2018
    • Addressing Workplace Injustice: The Contribution of Nonviolent Communication and Emotional Intelligence (2018), Ministry Research Conference, Knox, Vic, 06 Sep 2018
      Co-presenter: Glamorgan, A.
  • 2017
    • Navigating Ministry Life Transitions (2017), Harvest Research Conference, Scoresby, Vic, 25 Aug 2017
      Co-presenter: Buchanan, G.
  • 2015
    • Emotion and ministry: in search of intelligence (2015), Harvest Ministry Research Conference, Scoresby, Vic, 28 Aug 2015
  • 2014
    • Appreciative inquiry—a strategy for being a healthy church (2014), BIAPT Annual Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 15 Jul 2014
    • Appreciative inquiry—a strategy for being a healthy church (2014), ANZATS Annual Conference, Fremantle, WA, 01 Jul 2014
  • 2013
    • Appreciative inquiry—a strategy for being a healthy church (2013), Harvest Research Conference, Scoresby, Vic, 28 Aug 2013
  • 2012
    • Emotional Intelligence and Ministry Burnout (2012), New Frontiers: Redefining Christian Ministry in 21st Century Contexts, Dandenong, Vic, 23 Aug 2012

Other presentation

  • 2021
    • Assessing a Measure of Ministry Burnout​ (2021), HDR Research Seminars, Online, 29 Apr 2021

Scholarship Publications

Book Review

  • 2020
    • Pegram, ND (2020). Review of Writing a Watertight Thesis. Practical Theology, 13.4. | External link
  • 2016
    • Pegram, N. (2016). Review of "The willpower instinct: how self-control works, why it matters, and what you can do to get more of it" by K. McGonigal. Journal of Contemporary Ministry, 2 109-110. | External link
  • 1989
    • Pegram, N.D.(1989). Book Review: Schiffrin, D., "Discourse Markers". Australian Journal of Linguistics, 9(2) 356-357. | External link

Popular Article

  • 2021

Professional Memberships

International Association for Mission Studies (since 2020)

Religious Research Association (since 2021)

Society for Pastoral Theology (since 2017)

The British & Irish Association for Practical Theology (BIAPT) (since 2013)

Current Supervision

  • Current
    • O'Hara, J., An Evaluation of Neighbours Aid: A Case Study of an Australian Social Enterprise Business (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Raggoo, H., tba (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Newton, J., What aspects of Inner Healing Prayer do clients find most helpful to wellbeing? (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Wills, E., he Reported Efficacy of an Educational Intervention (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Taylor, P., What is relationship between cultural apologetics and the ministry of of Defence chaplains to those who suffer in moral injury in the ADF (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Kipps, D., tba (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Mark Webb, Pastor's Perceptions About Leadership in Ministry and Chronic Occupational Stress and Burnout? A Phenomenological Study. (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Neil Chisholm, Looking for the Holy Grail: Exploring what constitutes a renewing encounter with God, with perspectives from 4 theological case studies and the stories of 4 Millennial leaders, in religious settings. (Doctoral Thesis)
    • D'Sa, P., What frameworks exist to promote and ensure equal opportunity women in the workplace in Australian secular organisations and within CRC Churches International? (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Smith, S., ‘Examining mechanisms by which women exercise observable public sphere influence within the patriarchal and conservative religious context of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’ (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Matthew Law, What leadership theories are exhibited in the thoughts and practices of ACC pastors and what are the potential implications for the next generation of pastors? (Doctoral Thesis)

Completed Supervision

  • 2020
    • Jo Wilton, Church engagement and wellbeing in retirement (Masters Project/Thesis), 2020
    • Stuart, B., What are Christians’ understandings and experiences of the Kingdom of God in a Third Place? (Masters Project/Thesis), 2020
    • Strydom, H.R., What are the levels of burnout amongst ministers in WA churches? (Masters Project/Thesis), 2020
  • 2019
    • Oluwasola, O., Factors in successful adaptation of African migrant youth and its ministry implications (Masters Project/Thesis), 2019
  • 2018
    • Petterson, F., Building a Church of Many Cultures, moving a mono-cultural Danish church toward multiculturalism (Masters Project/Thesis), 2018
  • 2017
    • Drummond, A., Types of external expert helps/resources that people in ministry are using for the purpose of self-leadership amongst Pentecostal pastors (Masters Project/Thesis), 2017
  • 2015
    • Law, M., Professional and Personal Staff Empowerment (Masters Project/Thesis), 2015

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