Dr George Wieland

Director of Mission Research & Training


George provides direction and leadership of Carey’s Centre for Mission Research and Training that catalyses and resources Carey’s participation in the mission of God. This involves engaging in and supervising mission-related research, developing and teaching courses in Carey’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, mentoring students on the NZDipCS mission specialty stream and Carey’s Mission Track, bringing mission into focus for the Carey community through the annual Mission Week and other events, and resourcing churches and mission organisations in their mission learning and practice.



  • PhD, University of Aberdeen. “Salvation Language in the Letters to Timothy and Titus”
  • BA (Hons.) Theology, Spurgeon’s College, London
  • BA (Hons.) History, University of Birmingham
  • Diploma in Pastoral Studies, Spurgeon’s College, London
  • Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Leeds


Memberships and Affiliations

  • British and Irish Association for Practical Theology
  • International Association of Mission Studies
  • Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Mission Studies
  • Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research
  • Society for Biblical Literature
  • Urban Shalom Society
  • Micah Global
  • International Fellowship of Mission as Transformation


Teaching Areas

  • The Mission of God (MF581)
  • Acts: A Missional Reading (MB6/740)
  • Church and Mission in Multicultural Contexts (MM6/787)
  • Theology and Development (MM6/794)
  • Issues in Contemporary Mission (MM6/780)
  • Reflective Field Education – Cross-Cultural (MF602)
  • Intercultural Bible Reading (MA804)
  • The Letters to Timothy and Titus (MA802)
  • Intercultural Practice (Mission Track)


Research Areas

  • Missional and Intercultural Hermeneutics
  • Migration and the Church
  • Urban Mission


Research Summary

George Wieland is the Director of Mission Research and Training at Carey, a position he was appointed to in 2012 having formerly taught New Testament at Carey, Auckland University and the Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School for eleven years.  He has published books and articles in areas of New Testament study, particularly in reading parts of the New Testament in their historical and cultural contexts. More recently his focus has shifted to developing an intentionally missional approach to the reading of the Bible and to understanding the effect of Biblical texts as they are read in different social and cultural locations. He also researches and writes on migration and the church, and the experience of immigrant Christians in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Current Research Projects:

  • What Does the Bible Do? Intercultural hermeneutics and implications for church, mission and theology (journal article)
  • An Urban Mission Commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus (a volume in the Polis Bible Commentary)
  • Asian Christians in New Zealand (a volume in the NUS series on Asian Religion, Migration and Globalization, with Andrew Butcher)



  • “Integrative Theology” (with Phil Halstead and Myk Habets), and “Through Integrative Theology to Missional Outcomes.” In Phil Halstead and Myk Habets, eds. Doing Integrative Theology: World, Word, and Work in Conversation. Auckland: Archer Press, 2016.
  • “Mission To and From Diaspora: Influencing the Context for Mission” (with Terry McGrath, Victoria Sibley-Bentley, and Andrew Butcher). Pages 161-180 in Sadiri Joy Tira and Tetsunao Yamamori, eds. Scattered and Gathered: A Global Compendium of Diaspora Missiology. Oxford: Regnum, 2016.
  • “Prayer-led Community Engagement” (with John Catmur and Jo Wieland). In Andreana Reale and Steven Tucker, eds. Urban Life Together: Inhabiting Our Neighbourhoods. Melbourne: UrbanSeed, 2015.
  • “Finding Communitas in Liminality: Invitations from the Margins in the New Testament and in Contemporary Mission.” Pages 46-52 in Darren Cronshaw and Rosemary Dewerse, eds. We Are Pilgrims: Mission From, In and With the Margins of a Diverse World. UNOH, 2015.
  • “Singing the Lord’s song in a foreign land: New Zealand’s Asian Christianities.” Pages 193-216 in J. Leckie and G. Ghosh, eds. Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. Otago: Otago University Press, 2015.
  • “Reading Acts missionally in a city of migrants.” Pages 144-58 in vanThanh Nguyen and John Prior, eds., God’s People on the Move: Biblical and Global Perspectives on Migration and Mission. Eugene, Or.: Pickwick, 2014.
  • (With Andrew Butcher) “God and Golf: Koreans in New Zealand,” New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 15.2 (2013), 57-77.
  • “‘As for those who in the present age are rich’ (1 Timothy 6:17-19),” Torch Trinity Journal (2011), 58-69.
  • “The Function of Salvation in the Letters to Timothy and Titus.” Pages 173-98 in A. Köstenberger and T. Wilder, eds. Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles, Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2010.
  • The Significance of Salvation: A Study of Salvation Language in the Pastoral Epistles. Biblical and Theological Monograph Series. Carlisle: Paternoster/Eerdmans, 2006.
  • (With Andrew Butcher) “Go from Your Country: Missiological Reflections on Asian Christians in New Zealand,” Stimulus 18.1 (2010), 2-8.
  • “Roman Crete and the Letter to Titus”, New Testament Studies 55 (2009), 338-54



  • British Academy Research in the Humanities Award (1993-96)


Contact Details

Phone: 09 526 6593

Email: [email protected]