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Jim McInnes

Adjunct Lecturer 

MTheol, BM


Jim lectures at Carey in Christian Sprirituality. His academic interests are Christian spirituality, Christian mysticism, and theological reflection on our experience of God. Jim helps believers examine and interpret their own experience of God, and cultivate intimacy with God. He is currently training and practicing as a spiritual director.

Jim is a Christian minister with twenty-five years’ experience in church and mission in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. His responsibilities have ranged from lead pastor and preacher to NGO director, researcher, mentor of ministers, youth worker, and mission base cook. Jim wrestles with questions concerning the spiritual formation of believers, the vocational formation of ministers and missionaries, the strategic leadership of Christian organisations, and the witness of the Church in changing socio-political contexts.

Teaching Areas

  • Christian Spirituality

Selected Publications

  • The Immediacy of God in Symeon the New Theologian. Monograph. Auckland: Sunesis Press, 2017.
  • “A Byzantine Theodidact: Symeon the New Theologian’s Claim to be Taught by God,” Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures 38, no. 2 (2012): 193-210.
  • “A Methodological Reflection on Unified Readings of Isaiah,” Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 42, no. 1 (2010): 67-84.