The Challenges of Ethical Leadership: Wisdom from the Protestant Tradition


03/10/2019 - 05/10/2019


Evangelische Theologische Faculteit
Sint-Jansbergsesteenweg 97, Leuven, Belgium


This conference helps you as a leader to develop your competence in moral responsibility. During these three days you will learn more about ethical leadership on the basis of moral dilemmas from the practice of your work.

You will get acquainted with wisdom from the Protestant tradition and be encouraged to discern important insights for challenges faced today by leaders and to make a connection with your own leadership.


The interactive program is a mixture of plenary lectures and group work. Personal reflection is stimulated via case studies, brought in by the participants. In addition, an excursion will be organized to historic Leuven.

Read here the full program.


Rens Rottier MA, Chairman of the board of Driestar educatief, Christian University voor teacher training

Prof. Herman J. Selderhuis, Presidentof the Theological University of Apeldoorn, Director of Refo500, Program Director of the Coram Deo Program and President of the European Academy of Religion

Prof. Patrick Nullens, Full professor Theology and Ethics, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit Leuven

Steven C. van den Heuvel PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher Evangelische Theologische Faculteit | Institute for Leadership and Social Ethics

About the Conference Theme

There is a growing recognition of the importance of ethical leadership. We are moving increasingly towards a world that can be characterized as VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous). In addition, organizations are becoming more and more conscious that their goals should be widened; companies recognize the importance of the triple-bottom line (People, Planet and Profit) in their activities. These developments fuel the call for leaders to grow in moral competence, in addition to other leadership skills – a call to responsibility.

This conference will concentrate on the lives and foundational texts of Martin Luther (1483-1546) and from two other well-known leaders and theologians in the Protestant tradition: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) and Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), whereby the focus is on training and personal formation.

Target Audience

Participants from a wide range of backgrounds who have leadership responsibilities in companies, governments, or NGO’s, are heartily encouraged to attend. Participants are expected to be at least sympathetic to the Christian tradition.

Why should you attend this conference?


  • you realize that leadership is directly connected to you as a person;
  • you want to grow in leadership;
  • you want to be inspired by the texts and lives of important Protestant theologians when it comes to responsibility;
  • you want to discover or better recognize moral moral dilemmas in your work;
  • want to learn how to deal better with these moral dilemmas.


This three-days conference is being organized by the Coram Deo Program, the Theological University of Apeldoorn, Driestar Christian University for Teacher Education in Gouda and the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics of the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit Leuven.

Conference language: English


€ 495,00, including meals, lodging and conference folder.


You can register online:
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Registration deadline: 1 september 2019.

Conference Venue, the ETF in Leuven


  1. Registration deadline: September 1, 2019.
  2. Maximum number of participants: 30.
  3. In the registration form, you will be asked to shortly describe your background, your motivation for, as well as your expectations of, this conference. If your registration is accepted, we will send you a link to an online payment module. Your registration becomes effective on receipt of your payment.
  4. Cancellation and refund policy: Refunds will be made for written cancellations received before September 3, less a € 30.00 processing fee. Cancellations made after September 3 are subject to the full cancellation fee.
  5. Lodging will be arranged in the facilities of the ETF in Leuven or in a hotel in the city of Leuven.
  6. If you are staying in a hotel in Leuven, you will receive tickets for public transport.

More Information

Steven C. van den Heuvel PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher Evangelische Theologische Faculteit | Institute for Leadership and Social Ethics





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