Mr Stephen Reid

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Research Coordinator

Stephen is the contact for all contract research, speaking engagements and other enquiries and works on a part-time basis, usually one or two days per week. He has been a researcher with the Christian Research Association since 2007. During that time he has also worked concurrently with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference National Centre for Pastoral Research, where is a Senior Researcher. Stephen holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Research and a Bachelor of Theology, and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Alphacrusis College, investigating the effectiveness of sports chaplaincy in Australia. Stephen is married with three high school aged children and lives in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Mr Ashley Manly

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018


Ashley works behind the scenes entering book sales and subscriptions, keeping the accounts balanced, keeping membership data up to date and forwarding emails to the appropriate CRA personnel. Ashley has worked at keeping the gears turning in small businesses both overseas in a third world country and in Australia.

Cra Presentations

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Through 2011, CRA staff made a number of presentations. Some were at national and international conferences. Others were at staff professional development days. Some were to small groups of leaders or students. The presentations in 2011 included the following:

The Effectiveness of Chaplaincy. This presentation drew on the national study of chaplaincy in government schools was given to students preparing themselves to be chaplains at Whitley College, Melbourne.

Understanding Youth Spirituality – presentation to staff at Catholic Regional College, Melton.

Pastoral Planning in Rural Settings – presentation to a Conference on Pastoral Planning regarding possibilities of leadership in rural churches.

Spirituality and Work – a workshop held at Glen Waverley Uniting Church exploring work as a calling and as a source of meaning.

Young People’s Worlds of Meaning and Implications for Catholic Educators – a presentation at the National Catholic Education Convention in Adelaide, September 2011.

The National Spirit – presentation to directors of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on general religious and spiritual trends in Australia.

Commodification of Religion: World Trends – presentation at the 6th Lausanne Researchers’ International Conference in Brazil, April 2011. A study of how religion is increasingly viewed around the world from the perspective of a consumer.

Trends in Family Life – presentation at the 6th Lausanne Researchers’ International Conference in Brazil, April 2011. The presentation explored the changes occurring in the composition of family households, and the contributions that churches make in influencing the shape of family life.

Commodification of Religion and Religious Tolerance – presentation at the conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion, Aix-en-Provence, France, June 2011. The paper argued that the commodification of religion, in some circumstances, is leading to more tolerant views of religion.

The staff of the Christian Research Association are available to speak at conferences, staff development days, and for other other occasions.  Topics in which they bring specialised knowledge include:

  • World Trends in Spirituality and Religion
  • Australian Religion and Spirituality
  • Australian Cultural Trends
  • Youth Spirituality and Religious Faith
  • Rural Church Life – Forms of Organisation and Leadership
  • Church Vitality and Mission
  • Religious Education in Schools
  • Chaplaincy
  • Changing Patterns of Family Life
  • Values and Religion
  • Welfare and Religious Faith
  • Wellbeing, Religion and Spirituality
  • Educating for Wellbeing
  • Holistic Education

If you are interested in a presentation from a staff member of the Christian Research Association, contact Dr Philip Hughes ( or phone (03) 8819 0123.