Society for the Study of Theology


1. Name: The Society shall be known as The Society for the Study of Theology (hereinafter called 'the Society').

2. Purpose

2.1. The Society is established to promote excellence in the study of Christian Theology by facilitating and shaping theological thought, conversation and community. In particular, the Society's object is to identify and discuss important themes, questions and dialogues which call for theological engagement; explore the nature of and to foster theological integrity, responsibility and vocation in academy, church and other areas of public life.

2.2. The Society shall not distribute any profit from its activities and shall apply any surplus made from its activities, as well as funds raised through the annual subscription, solely to the furtherance of its aims and purpose as set out in the constitution.

3. Membership

3.1. Membership of the Society shall be open to all those with a serious, post-graduate level interest in theology, whether working in the academy, the Church or another field of public life, in the UK or overseas. Members shall be nominated by two members of the Society and elected by the committee. The secretary shall report the names of all newly elected members to the Annual General Meeting (AGM). An annual subscription shall be levied upon members, as determined by the AGM of the Society.

3.2 Membership is terminated by:

4. Organisation

4.1 Committee The Society shall be served by a committee, chaired by a President and otherwise consisting of a Secretary; a Treasurer and normally six ordinary members. The committee may appoint ad hoc sub-committees and co-opt non-voting members to serve on the committee or a sub-committee for specific purposes. All members of the committee shall be members of the Society in good standing.

4.1.1 President There shall be a President of the Society, who shall chair the Society’s Annual General Meeting and Committee meetings, give a plenary paper at one of the conferences of the Society held during her/his term of office, and otherwise assist in the work of the Society in such ways as s/he and the Committee may decide. The President shall be a person of established reputation in the field of theology, chosen by the Committee for her/his willingness, experience and ability to serve the interests of the Society. A President may be elected to a subsequent period of office, though only after an interval of at least one term. The President shall be nominated by the Committee and elected by the Society at its Annual General Meeting, normally in accordance with the following timetable and procedure:

(a) In a general circulation of members not later than the February after a President has taken office, opportunity shall be given to all members to indicate any suggestions they may have for suitable candidates for the Presidency when it next falls vacant.

(b) Following receipt of such suggestions, and any consultation the Committee may authorise, the Committee shall, at a meeting to be held not later than the first day of the first conference under the current President, choose a name to nominate to the Annual General Meeting of the Society held during that Conference.

(c) If approved by the Annual General Meeting, the person so nominated shall take office on the 1st January of the year following the next annual conference of the Society. If in extraordinary circumstances the timetable outlined in above cannot be adhered to then the process will be pursued in accordance with such timetable as the Committee deems appropriate.

4.1.2 Vice-President A person duly nominated as president in accordance with the procedure in above shall, immediately following approval by the Annual General Meeting of the Society, assume the office of Vice-President, to hold office until s/he assumes the office of President in accordance with above. A person who holds the office of Vice-President shall be ex officio a member of the Committee, and shall have the right to chair the Committee in the absence of the President. If the person nominated as Vice-President is at the time of her/his nomination a member of the Committee, the Annual General Meeting shall elect a further Committee member to serve for the remainder of the term for which the person so nominated was elected to the Committee.

4.1.3 Emergency measure In the event of an unforeseen vacancy in the office of President or Vice President, or in the event that a person who becomes Vice-President is for any reason unable to assume the office of President, the Committee shall have power to fill the vacancy/ies as it deems fit for the remainder of the current term.

4.1.4 Officers A Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected annually by majority vote at the AGM, and an Assistant Secretary may be chosen annually by the Committee from among its ordinary members. Officers should not normally serve more than six consecutive terms. All expenses associated with the discharge of their office (including attendance at the conference) met by the Society.

4.1.5 Ordinary Members of the Committee Ordinary members of the committee shall be elected to the committee for a period of three years, commencing at the conference after that at which they are elected. Two committee members shall normally retire each year. However, if a member is appointed as Assistant Secretary he or she shall be entitled to remain on the committee for as long as he or she holds that post, up to a maximum of three further years. The Secretary shall publish the vacancies for members in the Society's mailing each year and call for nominations. Should there be more candidates than vacancies, an election is held by single transferable vote at the AGM. They may be elected to a subsequent period of office after an interval of at least one year.

4.1.6 Meetings of the Committee The committee shall meet as often as is required, but at least twice annually, shortly before and after the AGM.

4.1.7 Co-opted Members of the Committee The committee may also from time to time co-opt a maximum of two additional committee members to serve on the committee for a particular purpose. Up to two members may be co-opted on an annual basis for no more than three consecutive years. They may be co-opted again only after an interval of at least one year.

4.2 Meetings of the Society The Society shall meet not less than once per annum, usually at its annual conference, to conduct its ordinary business, receive reports on its activities and a financial report (including annually independently examined accounts). At least fourteen days' notice must be given of the date of the AGM.

5. Dismissal of Officers and Committee Members Officers and committee members may be dismissed by the passing of a vote of no confidence by a simple majority at the AGM.

6. Amendments to the Constitution The Constitution may be amended by a majority vote of members in good standing at an AGM, provided the nature of the proposed amendments has been clearly communicated to members at least one month in advance of the meeting.

7. Dissolution The Society may be dissolved by a two-thirds majority vote of members in good standing cast at a meeting to which all members have been invited at not less than four weeks' notice. In the case of dissolution, the committee functions as liquidator of the Society. Wherever applicable, the terms of the constitution apply during the period of liquidation. After dissolution, any surplus in the Society's accounts shall be donated to a body existing for like purposes, at the discretion of the committee and any accounts shall be kept for a period of six full financial years following the year to which they relate by a person nominated by the committee.

NB. A member in good standing shall be interpreted as being up-to-date in payment of the subscription.


Adopted at the Annual General Meeting of the Society on 1 April 1998 and amended at the Annual General Meetings of the Society on 30 March 2005, 13 April 2010, 27 March 2012 and 10 April 2018.