GBFE graduation ceremony

GBFE hosts several international academic conferences on various topics.
The coming conference is on spirituality in research.

International conference 2023 on the topic

Being spiritual while doing research

29.-31. August 2023
Forum Wiedenest e.V., Bergneustadt (near Cologne), Germany

Conferences Overview

Being a network devoted to research, GBFE aims at fostering academic research and providing an intercultural academic community for its members and other scholars and students. GBFE has started to host several academic conferences. These conferences bring together scholars from different parts of the world (especially from Africa and Europe) to address and discuss crucial subjects in the academy, church and wider society. Being a network devoted to education, GBFE encourages the interaction of experienced scholars, younger scholars and students during its conferences, M&D seminars and other occasions. After rigorous discussion and peer review processes, the output of the conferences is published in academic journals or books.


Christian Leadership Conference, at Unisa, Pretoria, South Africa.
published as special edition Koers − Bulletin for Christian Scholarship 79:2 (2014)


Christian Leadership Conference II, at Forum Wiedenest Bergneustadt, Germany.
published as book Christian Leadership in a Changing World: Perspectives from Africa and Europe. Leuven: Peeters (2016)


Christian Leadership Conference III, at ETF Leuven, Belgium.
published as book Increasing diversity: Loss of control or identity adaptive construction. Leuven: Peeters (2017)


Reconciliation: Christian Perspectives – Interdisciplinary Approaches, at Forum Wiedenest Bergneustadt, Germany.
published as book Reconciliation - Christian Perspectives - Interdisciplinary Approaches. Münster: LIT (2020)


Christian Leadership Conference IV, at Karimu, Burbach-Holzhausen, Germany.
published as book Metaphors for Leading –Leading by Metaphors. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (2019)


Christian Leadership Conference V, hosted by the Theological Society of South Africa in Pretoria.
published with HTS Theological Studies, Vol. 76, No. 2 (2020) Special collection: Christian leadership.


Integrating Theory and Praxis in Theological Education, at Forum Wiedenest Bergneustadt, Germany.
published with Acta Theologica, Supplementum 31: Integrating theory and practice: A challenge in theological education (2021)


Christian Leadership Conference VI, hosted by the Norwegian School of Leadership and Theology (HLT), Oslo, Norway.
Publication in two special issues of the Scandinavian Journal for Leadership and Theology and Verbum et Ecclesia in progress