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Conference “The S/spirit in our Leadership”

June 19 5:00 pm - June 21 5:00 pm


EXTENDED deadline for Call for Proposals: February 29


International Conference on Theology and Leadership

The University of Lucerne with its Professorship of Pastoral Theology and the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics (ILSE) of the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium (ETF) are organizing a 2-day international conference on the topic of Leadership and Theology.


Date: From June 20, 2024 to June 21, 2024 with a social pre-opening on the evening of  June 19, 2024

Place: University of Lucerne


Content and Call for Proposals

Traditionally, models of leadership were built on a command-and-control framework, which then developed into more relational models. However, there is a wide-spread sense that these frames of leadership no longer function very well in a postmodern, digital age. Currently, the field of leadership studies suffers “from theory proliferation,‘theorria’”. Moreover, leadership theories turn out to have significant dark sides.

The search is on for a different narrative of leadership. Leadership theories need better theoretical, epistemological and empirical grounding. A fundamental question for more fruitful grounding is, “What is the S/spirit of our leadership?” This question queries the underlying motivations and powers that drive and structure our leadership. It is the question of the conference. The topic is both religious (“Spirit”), and more general since the spirit of the age marks, even permeates our  organizations and their leadership.

This conference is designed for (but not limited to):

  1. Understanding the S/spirit of the current theory and practice of leadership
  2. Exploring old and new approaches to S/spirit-filled leadership
  3. Discovering dimensions and qualities of S/spirit-filled leadership
  4. Experimenting with old and new practices of S/spirit-filled leadership

See the detailed call for proposals (EXTENDED deadline – February 29).


Social Opening: June 19, 2024, 17:00

Program Day 1: June 20, 2024, 08:30 – 17:30

Program Day 2: June 21, 2024, 08:30 – 17:00

The program will be updated continuously on this website. Please check regularly.


The conference is aimed at researchers from the fields of theology, philosophy, ethics and management as well as experts and professionals who are dealing with leadership and theology questions in their daily work, as well as the general public.

The conference language is English.

Registration fee is CHF 200, respectively CHF 100 for enrolled students.

Registration requested via online form.


The conference is organized by the University of Lucerne with its Professorship of Pastoral Theology (Prof. Dr. Christian Preidel, Dr. oec. HSG Patrick Renz) and the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics, ILSE (Prof. Dr. Steven van den Heuvel, Prof. Dr. Jack Barentsen) of the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium (ETF).


Patrick Renz (patrick.renz@unilu.ch), University of Lucerne

Jack Barentsen (jack.barentsen@etf.edu), Evangelische Theologische Faculteit Leuven


The city of Lucerne offers a beautiful conference venue, located directly at the clear blue waters of Lake Lucerne, embedded in the scenic surroundings of the Swiss alps. We kindly advise conference participants to book a hotel room early. The following hotels have offered rooms and rates (as long as stock lasts) for conference participants. Promo codes will be made available upon conference registration:

Hotel Alpha (www.hotelalpha.ch), Hotel Continental Park (www.continental.ch), Hotel Waldstätterhof (www.hotel-waldstaetterhof.ch), Hotel Wilden Mann (www.wilden-mann.ch), Hotel Cascada (www.cascada.ch).

Other hotels of various categories and more information regarding your stay can be found on the official website of the city of Lucerne (www.luzern.com). Please plan to be on location by 4pm on June 19, 2024, for the early parts of the program that evening. The conference will finish by 5pm on June 21, 2024.

Conference Venue

University of Lucerne right next to the prestigious KKL Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern and the lake of Lucerne.

The website will be updated continuously. Please check periodically.


June 19 5:00 pm
June 21 5:00 pm
Event Category:


University of Lucerne
Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics


University of Lucerne
Frohburgstrasse 3
Luzern, 6002 Switzerland
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