Pastor. Theologian. Writer. Speaker. Researcher. Leader
. . . with a current ministry focus on resourcing a positive and
biblically faithful conversation about singleness* within the
contemporary christian community
plus relationships, sex, friendship, romance, family, gender, marriage & more
I am a Christian pastor, leader and theologian whose present ministry focus is on resourcing christian individuals & communities on
biblical singleness & other related topics
I was born and bred in Sydney, Australia and don't remember a time when I didn't trust in Jesus as my Saviour and call on him as my Lord. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree, I went on to complete a Bachelor of Divinity (Hons) at Moore Theological College (Sydney) and was ordained as a deacon within the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. I served as the Women's Pastor at an Anglican church in Sydney for almost 7 years before undertaking and completing interdisciplinary theological doctoral research.
I am a member of the governing bodies of a number of Christian organisations; am a member of the General Synod of Australia; speak regularly at various conferences and training events; and serve as a leader in my church.
I am also the founding chair of the Single Minded Conference whose vision is to teach what the bible says about singleness, marriage, sexuality, identity, relationships and other topics.
My doctoral research centers upon a
theological retrieval of singleness for
the contemporary evangelical church
As we enter the third decade of the 21st Century, there is an increasingly urgent need for the evangelical church to discerningly reevaluate their (impoverished) theology of singleness and to then imaginatively reformulate it so that it is in true accordance with faithful Scriptural exegesis and doctrine.
This task should not only be motivated by sincere love for the ever growing number of single people who feel alienated both inside and outside the church, but also because a right theological understanding of singleness is essential for the church's own self-understanding of her unique identity as the people of God.
Convinced of these things, my doctoral research seeks to carefully reevaluate and imaginatively reformulate a faithful theology of singleness for the contemporary evangelical church by:
employing the mode of theological retrieval as that which seeks to discerningly look back to the the texts, teachings and traditions of the Christian past in order to "retrieve" lost, but important, theological and pastoral insights concerning singleness for the present
exploring key historical (and some contemporary) resources which demonstrate how sustained eschatological reflection is essential for the retrieval of a theologically robust and pastorally sustaining Christian ethic of singleness
My thesis is titled 'The End of Singleness? Towards a Theological Retrieval of Singleness for the Contemporary Church' and was undertaken through St Mark's Theological Centre, Canberra and Charles Sturt University.
I am regularly invited to present at various Christian churches, conferences and other events. My current speaking and teaching ministry tends to focus (though not exclusively so) on speaking to men and women, pastors and lay people, young and old about my particular research area of singleness within the contemporary evangelical church. Some of the topics I am often asked to speak on include:
A "diagnosis" of singleness within contemporary evangelical culture and discourse
Lessons to be learnt from the theological contours of singleness and marriage throughout church history
The socio-historical development of the nuclear family, it's ideological positioning within evangelical Christianity of the twentieth century and the theological relationship between the biological family household and the church as the household of God
The importance of eschatology for a theology of singleness
Pastoral insight into how to help move singles from the margins to the middle of our church communities
Practical suggestions of how to love single Christians well in both word and deed
Personal reflections of being a single Christian (I am often asked to present on this topic to church congregations, following their pastor's sermon on a related topic)
... and more.
If you would be interested to hear more about how I might be able to contribute to your event or conference,
or if you would like to read some recommendations from those who have invited me to speak in the past, please click here to contact me.
Loving Singles in Word & Deed
Dani Treweek & Paul Dale
Single Minded Conference 2018
Q&A with Sam Allberry
& Dani Treweek
Single Minded Conference 2018
Singleness: Interview with Dani Treweek
Grace City Church 2019
Pastoring Singles with Dani Treweek
The Pastor's Heart
How to Preach 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Well
With Lionel Windsor & Dani Treweek
The Pastor's Heart
OTHER AUDIO & PODCASTS
Being Single & Being Christian: Centre for Christian Living
Which is More Important, Your Family or Church Family? With All Due Respect Podcast
Singleness during COVID? The One Thing Podcast | Geneva Push
Off Beat | Bible Reading: Moore College (Interview with Amani Kazogolo and Laura Smith)
The "Problem" With Singleness
The End of Singleness: Towards a Theological Retrieval of Singleness for the Contemporary Church
PhD Thesis - St Mark's National Theological Centre and Charles Sturt University
The Eschatological Abnormality of Christian Singleness
St Mark's Review, No. 251, March/April 2020 (1)