Saturday, February 14, 2004


Thursday 26th. The flights are booked. My PhD thesis on the emerging church goes under the microscope. I submitted it November 26 last year. It has now been read by 3 examiners, 2 in New Zealand and 1 overseas. They have given their opinion (which I don’t yet know), have written their reports and have prepared their questions. Thursday 26th I meet them face to face and find out who they are (identity is meant to be kept a secret). Then after the handshakes, they fire questions at me about my thesis and my 100,000 words, normally for about 2 hours.

After that, they tell me the result.
– Pass
– Pass with a few minor changes
– Rework and resubmit
– It would make a good Masters thesis rather than a PhD.
– Fail

I am looking forward to O-day. I am generally quick on my feet and I learn best by talking (one of the reasons I have a blog), so I am looking forward to significant growth on O-day as keen and trained academic minds probe my work.

Posted by steve at 09:36 AM


  1. Hoping for the 1st result 🙂

    Comment by Paul — February 14, 2004 @ 11:43 am

  2. Friend of mine just passed her “viva” this week – she was bouncing around in her email. All the best, I’m sure that your “gift of the gab” will serve you well. (Even though mine is some way off in the future I wake at night every now and then thinking about it.)

    What will you wear? Will you “dress up”? 🙂

    Comment by Stephen — February 14, 2004 @ 3:06 pm

  3. good luck! just remember that you know more about YOUR research than they do. 🙂

    Comment by maggi — February 14, 2004 @ 10:48 pm

  4. hope the day goes well, and you get a nice juicy pass 🙂 Are you looking to publish it in book form? From what I have read about it from your blog, and when you spoke at blah in london it sounds like a really good read.

    Comment by gareth — February 15, 2004 @ 2:42 am

  5. The 26th you say? Got the date on my calender to be praying for you, Steve! Ditto w/ Paul: hoping for the 1st result.

    Comment by Rich — February 16, 2004 @ 7:23 am

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