The Jean White Archive

of worship and pastoral resources

Conditions for Essay Submissions

Essays, of between 2,000 and 3,000 words should be submitted in PDF format so as to maintain the formatting and layout of the author's final version of the work. The essay should be attached to a covering email and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the phrase 'Jean White Essay' in the subject line.

The author's name should not appear in the essay itself and should be actively removed from any tags which the authoring/conversion software may attach to the file properties. The covering email (but not the essay in its pdf format) should give full details of the author, including styles, titles, affiliations, etc. so that full and correct attribution can be made if/when the essay is eventually published on the site. The person to whom the essay is initially emailed is not a member of the review panel.

The essay, detached from its covering email, will then be sent to a small panel of four people for review and, if accepted, will be posted on this site.  The panel will not know the name of the author until after the essay has been approved.

If quoting the work of others, please use a standard academic referencing system and include a full bibliography.


Jean White devoted her life to Christian ministry; first as a missionary in China and then as a pastor and Elder within MCC. Her interest in missions never left her and she spent many years helping MCC establish itself in the United Kingdom and Western Europe as well as co-ordinating our missionary efforts around the world.

She was passionate about Jesus Christ and saw the Church as the embodiment of his message in our world. As a local pastor she helped people experience the love of Christ, reconcile their faith, gender and sexuality and had a significant ministry with troubled people.

For many years her ministry was particularly involved with people living with HIV and AIDS. She was a role model for other female clergy as well as a mentor for many colleagues - both male and female.

We invite essays, in honour of Jean, which address some of the themes of Jean's own ministry:

  • Christology,
  • evangelism,
  • church planting,
  • reconciliation of faith,
  • gender and sexuality,
  • ministry with troubled people,
  • women and ministry,
  • mentoring of ministers.

In particular we are interested in work which helps MCC understand its own mission more fully. Using the ideas and inspiration of our earliest leaders, like Jean White, we can more easily chart our future direction. We hope that the essays will stimulate discussion and debate within MCC on the nature of our mission and ministry in those areas in which Jean, in particular, worked.

The conditions for the submission of essays, and the methodology for peer reviewing of submitted works, are explained in the left-hand sidebar.



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