Education, Formation, and the Church

A two-day academic conference, organized by researchers connected to the Theological University Apeldoorn and the Theological University Kampen. In this conference, we will discuss the role education and formation have in churches, both from conceptual and empirical perspectives.

Changes in society bring uncertainty and anxiety in churches, schools and families. Certain Christian communities seek to restrain their members from perceived negative influences of the post-Christian age. They try to equip them to become virtuous disciples in modern society. However, research has demonstrated that measures that oppose secularization in churches lack considerable impact. To improve this impact it is essential to have a framework with a clear vision on formation. In this conference, we will discuss the role education and formation have in churches, both from conceptual and empirical perspectives.

Main speakers are David Smith, Trevor Cooling, Ferdi Kruger, Bernd Wannenwetsch, Maarten Kater, Roel Kuiper, Bram de Muynck and Hans Schaeffer. Short papers will be presented during the breakout sessions.

The conference will be held in English. Lunches (2x) and dinner (1x) are included. Hotel facilities and breakfast are not included in the conference fees. We advise you to book lodging well in advance in the city center of Kampen, for example through booking.com. Visit the website of Theological University Kampen for directions.

The initiative for this conference is supported by partner institutions of Christian Higher Education in the Netherlands:

  • Christian University of Applied Sciences Ede (CHE)
  • Driestar Christian University
  • Christian University VIAA

Attending the conference in relation to Permanent Education and therefore interested in an assignment and 1.5 EC certificate? Then sign up for this conference through www.pepredikanten.nl/formationconference2018.

Read an interview with Bram de Muynck about this conference – in Dutch – on CIP.nl.