Philip Morton

Department of Theology and Religion
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Does the use of Selection Criteria aid or hinder human intuition in the Discernment process? The Development and Use of Selection Criteria in the Church of England and how this might inform Ecclesiological Praxis in Assessment of Candidates.
SupervisorsDr Amy Daughton
Practical Theology Doctorate


  • MA Christian Theology (Anglican Studies)


After completing undergraduate study at the University of Birmingham, I did my theological training at Cranmer Hall, St. John's College, Durham, completing a Masters degree in Christian Theology. I currently work as a parish priest in the Diocese of Worcester, with additional roles as an Associate Director of Ordinands and a Bishop's Adviser for Selection.


My research explores the use of Selection Criteria in the discernment processes of the Church of England, with a particular focus on the role of Bishop's Advisers for Selection whose task is to assess candidates for ordained ministry. The central question of the research is to assess how Advisers discern a vocation to ordained ministry in the candidate and whether the Selection Criteria aid or hinder this process.


  • 'That They May All Be One: Christian Unity in the Work of A.G. Hebert SSM, and its Implications Today' Journal of Anglican Studies, 2015 Vol 13 (2)