Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

Christina Kheng

Christina Kheng

Catholic Thought and Practice

PhD Candidate:

PhD, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy (since Sept 2014)

Previous Qualifications:

Master of Theological Studies, Australian Catholic University (2014); Master in Public Administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA (2002); Bachelor of Science, Honours (Chemistry), National University of Singapore (1992).

Thesis Topic:

The Church and Management: Synthesis of a Reorientation Framework for Management Theories Through a Theological Engagement with Management Science.


My doctoral project is an inter-disciplinary study that brings together theology and management science. The goal is to synthesize, through an appropriate theological method, a framework to reorientate management theories so as to render them more suitable for management in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as more conducive for human flourishing in all organizations. My research includes a critical survey of how Catholic pastoral management literature has applied theories and tools from management science; an examination of the management field to identify its critical issues; and an analysis of the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church and the World Today, Gaudium et Spes, to draw implications on management from its teachings. In addition, the work of Bernard Lonergan plays a central role in the inter-disciplinary method I have adopted. I hope that this project will contribute towards the theological scholarship that is much needed amidst an increasing influence of the managerial culture in both Church and society.


I have been mainly involved in training and consultancy at the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila, an on-going formation center for clergy, religious and laity in Asia Pacific. My areas of specialization include church leadership, management, planning, and organizational development. I am also a consultant for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific, where I provide advice and support in planning, international networking, governance, leadership, and social development. Since 2000, I have been active in accompanying dioceses, religious congregations, international NGOs, lay missionary groups, parishes and Catholic charities in management and planning. My current interests include theological foundations and methods in inter-disciplinary work, dialogue between church and society, and the promotion of spirituality and ethics in management.

Key Publications:

Kheng, Christina. “The Church and Modern Management: An Unholy Alliance?” Doctrine and Life 66, no. 9 (November 2016): 37-51.

“Evaluating Church Organizations by the Light of Lumen Gentium: A Dialogue between Ecclesiology and Management.” Ecclesiology 11, no. 1 (2015): 9-33.

“Paradigm Shifts in Ministry: Insights from the Resurgence of Trinitarian Theology.” East Asian Pastoral Review 51, no. 3 (2014): 231-247.

“Liberation Ecclesiology: Context, Method and Relevance for the Church in Asia Today.” East Asian Pastoral Review 51, no. 2 (2014): 166-184.

“The Medium is the Message.” East Asian Pastoral Review 51, no. 1 (2014): 56-72.

“Reconciliation with Creation and International Networking for Advocacy.” Ecojesuit: Ecology and Jesuits in Communication.  December 21, 2012.