Conferences

Prague - 2022

August 26, 2022 – August 30, 2022

Hope for the World: Eschatology as a Source of Life for the Mission of the Church

The Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians (FEET) warmly invites you to the next biennial conference which will take place in Prague.

We will gather in the Olšanka Hotel near the centre of Prague, the same venue where the 2018 FEET Conference took place. Especially in this time of the Covid-19 crisis and its effects on our lives, on economy and on society, people are looking for hope. Theology and the church are challenged to reflect and formulate a biblical hope for our days. This conference will give biblical orientation on eschatology and on the mission of the church on the basis of the hope contained in the Gospel.

Well-known and highly qualified theologians from different European countries will present five main papers and six workshops presented twice.

In addition there will be workshops on aspects of the conference theme, meetings of discipline groups, Bible readings, a meeting for doctoral students and on Sunday after worship a tour of Prague. We encourage the giving of papers in the discipline groups of Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, Church History, Practical Theology, Ethics, Apologetics and Missiology. If you would like to participate in this way, please contact Dr Klaus Bensel (secretary@feet-europe.org) with the title of your proposed paper and a short abstract. Further information will the given on www.feet-europe.org.

A theological conference in partnership with SET and EEA.

Conference timetable

Friday, 26 August 2022

16:00 - 18:00 Arrival and registration

18:00 Evening meal

19:00 - 19:15 Introduction and address by the chairman of FEET Prof. Dr Gert Kwakkel (Theologische Universiteit Kampen, Netherlands; Faculté Jean Calvin, Aix-en-Provence/France); Message of greeting on behalf of the Fellowship of Evangelical Theologians in the Czech Republic (Dr Pavel Cerny) and on behalf of the European Evangelical Alliance (Dr Frank Hinkelmann)

19:15 - 21:15 Main paper 1: “Biblical essentials: Hope for the people of God and for the world according to the Old and the New Testaments”, Prof. Dr Julius Steinberg (Theologische Hochschule Ewersbach, Dietzhölztal/Germany); Response paper: Dr Viacheslav Gerasimciuk (Odessa Theological Seminary, Odessa/Ukr.); Discussion; Evening blessing

Saturday, 27 August 2022

7:30 - 7:50 Morning prayers

8:00 Breakfast

8:45 - 9:30 Bible Reading: “Reflections on Hope from the Book of Habakkuk”. Dr Myrto Theocharous (Greek Bible College, Athens/Greece)

9:45 - 11:45 Main paper 2: “Apologetics and mission: Characteristics of the hope cherished by people in secular Europe and how to deal with them in evangelism and apologetics”

1st paper: Dr Yannick Imbert (Faculté Jean Calvin, Aix-en-Provence/France)

Coffee break

2nd paper: Dr Fedir Stryzhachuk (Odessa Theological Seminary, Odessa/Ukraine)

and discussion

11:50 - 12:25 National/Regional groups

  • Western European group (UK, Ireland, BENELUX, France)
  • German speaking group
  • Scandinavian group
  • Baltic group
  • Eastern European group (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova)
  • Central European group (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary)
  • Southern European group (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece)
  • Balkan/Romanian/Bulgarian group
  • Caucasus group

12:30 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Meeting for doctoral students chaired by Dr Hetty Lalleman (Spurgeon’s College, London/England)

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 - 18:00 Main paper 3: “The hope of the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting and its meaning for christian life and witness today”, Prof. Dr Christian Stettler (Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule Basel, Switzerland); Response paper: Dr Alexander Geychenko (Odessa Theological Seminary, Odessa/Ukraine); Discussion

18:30 Evening meal

19:30 - 21:30 Workshops

  • (1) How the church may bring hope to nations in war (conflict) – Taras N. Dyatlik (Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Overseas Council International, INC, Rivne/Ukraine)
  • (2) The restoration of the Communion of the Saints (seeing the brokenness of the church everywhere) – Prof. Dr Jelle Creemers (Evangelical Theological Faculty, Leuven/Belgium)
  • (3) What are the influences of the Orthodox concept of Salvation on theology of the Evangelical churches in Eurasia? – Dr Constantine Prokhorov (Central Baptist Church, Omsk/Russia)
  • (4) How to preach God’s judgement in the time of postmodernity and pluralism? – Prof. Pavel Hošek (Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University, Prague/Czech Republic)
  • (5) The Book of Revelation – Dr Külli Töniste (Estonian Methodist Seminary, Tallinn/Estonia)
  • (6) Hope in post-Covid ethics – Dr Leonardo De Chirico (Rome and Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione,Padova/Italy)

Sunday, 28 August 2022

8:00 Breakfast

Sunday Service in a Church in Prague

Lunch

A guided tour in groups

Return at about 18:00

18:30 Evening meal

19:30 - 21:15 Discipline groups

  • Old Testament (chaired by Knut Kåre Kirkholm, Fjellhaug Internasjonale Høgskole, Oslo/Norway)
  • New Testament (chaired by Dr Klaus Bensel, Schwelm/Germany)
  • Systematic Theology and Church History (chaired by Dr Tatiana Kopaleishvili, Batumi/Georgia and Evangelical Theological Faculty, Leuven/Belgium)
  • Practical Theology (chaired by Dr Pavel Cerny, Evangelical Theological Seminary, Prague/CZ)
  • Ethics/Apologetics (chaired by Leonardo De Chirico, Rome and Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione, Padova/Italy)

Monday, 29 August 2022

7:30 - 7:50 Morning prayers

8:00 Breakfast

8:45 - 9:30 Bible Reading: Dr Stephen Dray (Billericay/England)

9:45 - 11:45 Main paper 4: “The hope of Christ’s coming to judge the world and its meaning for preaching the gospel”, Dr Jiří Bukovský (Evangelical Theological Seminary, Prague/Czech Republic)

Coffee break

Response paper: Dr Alexander Stavnichuk (Theologisches Seminar Adelshofen, Eppingen/Germany)

Discussion

11:50 - 12:25 National/Regional groups

Western European, German speaking, Scandinavia, Baltic, Eastern European, Central European, Southern European group, Balkan/Romanian/Bulgarian, Caucasus

12:30 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Workshops

  • (1) How the church may bring hope to the nations in war (conflict) – Taras N. Dyatlik (Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at Overseas Council International, INC, Rivne/Ukraine)
  • (2) The restoration of the Communion of the Saints (seeing the brokenness of the church everywhere) – Prof. Dr Jelle Creemers (Evangelical Theological Faculty, Leuven/Belgium)
  • (3) What are the influences of the Orthodox concept of Salvation on theology of the Evangelical churches in Eurasia? – Dr Constantine Prokhorov (Central Baptist Church, Omsk/Russia)
  • (4) How to preach God’s judgement in the time of postmodernity and pluralism? – Prof. Pavel Hošek (Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University, Prague/Czech Republic)
  • (5) The Book of Revelation – Dr Külli Töniste (Estonian Methodist Seminary, Tallinn, Estonia)
  • (6) Hope in post-Covid ethics – Dr Leonardo De Chirico (Rome and IFED Padova/Italy)

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 - 18:00 Discipline groups

  • Old Testament (chaired by Knut Kåre Kirkholm)
  • New Testament (chaired by Dr Klaus Bensel)
  • Systematic Theology and Church History (chaired by Dr Tatiana Kopaleishvili)
  • Practical Theology (chaired by Dr Pavel Cerny)
  • Ethics/Apologetics (chaired by Leonardo De Chirico)

18:30 Evening meal

19:30 - 21:00 Business meeting of FEET

Tuesday, 30 August 2022

7:30 - 7:50 Morning prayers

8:00 Breakfast

8:45 - 9:30 Bible Reading: Dr Külli Töniste (Estonian Methodist Seminary, Tallinn/Estonia)

9:45 - 11:30 Main paper 5: “The hope of the arrival of the Kingdom of God and its practical implications for politics and the pursuit of social justice.”, Dr Alexander Geychenko (Odessa Theological Seminary, Odessa/Ukraine)

Coffee break

Response paper: Dr Myrto Theocharous (Greek Bible College, Athens/Greece)

Discussion

11:30 - 12:15 Panel discussion

Concluding word by Prof. Gert Kwakkel (TU Kampen/NL; FJC Aix-en-Provence, France)

12:30 Lunch

Departure

Conference location:

Hotel Olšanka

1000 Taboritska Street

Prague 3, 13000

Czech Republic

Phone: +420 267 092 202

Fax: +420 222 713 315

http://www.hotelolsanka.cz/en

Travel directions to the conference location by car or by train can be obtained at

http://www.hotelolsanka.cz/en/hotel/location/

The journey from the Václav Havel Airport Prague with Bus 119 and Metro A to “Flora” metro station takes 40 minutes. Timetables for public transport: http://www.dpp.cz/en

Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians

The Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians is a network of theological scholars that seeks to combine the highest academic standards with a commitment to the authority of Scripture and to orthodox, biblical theology.

FEET seeks to encourage individual scholars and institutions that see biblical and theological scholarship as their calling. The primary activity of FEET is to organise a biennial international conference on a specific theological theme of contemporary significance.

The work of FEET has led to the establishment of several national organisations such as the Association Francophone Européenne de Théologiens Evangéliques in France, the Arbeitskreis für evangelikale Theologie in Germany, the Arbeitskreis für biblisch-erneuerte Theologie in Switzerland, and the Fellowship of Evangelical Theologians in the Czech Republic.

FEET is closely associated with the European Journal of Theology, a scholarly and professional journal carrying articles in English, French and German

Executive Committee: Dr Klaus Bensel , Dr Pavel Cerny, Dr Leonardo De Chirico, Dr Stephen Dray, Dipl.-Kaufmann Gert Frieder Hain, Lecturer Knut Kåre Kirkholm, Dr Tatiana Kopaleishvili, Prof. Dr Gert Kwakkel, Dr Hetty Lalleman, Dr Pieter Lalleman, Dr Roman Soloviy.

Our Partners

Sdružení evangelikálních teologů www.evangelikalni-teologie.cz

Fellowship of Evangelical Theologians in the Czech Republic (SET).

SET is a civic association registered by the Ministry of the Interior in the Czech Republic. The aim of the association is to promote the development of evangelical theology with its emphasis on the authority of the Bible as the Word of God and the central position of Christ’s Gospel as a promising message to the world. SET was founded in 1998 at the initiative of teachers of the Evangelical Theological Seminary Prague. It publishes Theologia vitae (ThV), organizes theological forums, and members collaborate in working groups.

European Evangelical Alliance www.europeanea.org

The EEA exists to foster unity and evangelical identity and provide a voice and platform to evangelical Christians. It brings together both the national Evangelical Alliances of Europe and a large number of pan-European mission agencies. It has existed as a regional group since the 1950s, but traces its roots to the 1846 conference at which the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) was established.

Prague (online) - 2021

April 19, 2021 – April 19, 2021

Remembering John Stott's anniversary

FEET online meeting on Zoom platform.

Date: April 19th, 2021, 14:00 – 17:00 Prague time.

Programme:

  • Welcome by the Chairman of FEET, Professor Gert Kwakkel
  • Who was John Stott? (video)
  • Presentation by Dr Christopher J.H. Wright, International Ministries Director of the Langham Partnership
  • The Holy Spirit and Scripture (1 Corinthians 2:6-16); video recording of a paper given by Stott at the 1996 FEET Conference
  • Break
  • Personal impressions of the life of John Stott by Dr Tatiana Kopaleishvili and Dr Pavel Černý
  • The Theology of John Stott: presentation by Professor Henri Blocher
  • Announcements: Stott’s bibliography and offer of his books
  • Closure by Professor Kwakkel

Prague (online) - 2020

August 28, 2020 – August 29, 2020

Discerning the Work of the Holy Spirit in and Through the Church

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions the FEET Conference cannot take place in Prague. The FEET executive committee took this decision because of the uncertainty of the current circumstances. But we invite all to a video conference on the same subject and with the same main speakers.

  • A growing interest in the work of the Holy Spirit is evident in our time. We see this not only in the growing worldwide Pentecostal and charismatic movements, but in many churches Christians are longing for spiritual renewal and the fulfilment of their mission and ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • The biennial FEET conference will deal with these themes from a theological perspective. It will discuss the dialogue between the Pentecostal and charismatic movements and traditional churches and provide a biblical perspective on the work of the Holy Spirit, on worship, on the spiritual gifts and on spirituality in Christian ministry.
  • Although we very much regret the renunciation of the personal meeting in Prague in view of the present circumstances, we expect also in this reduced virtual format a dynamic exchange and a lively discussion on this challenging topic.
  • FEET warmly invites theologians from all over Europe to this discussion at its 2020 video conference. You are most welcome!

Registration using online form or send an e-mail to Dr Klaus Bensel: secretary@feet-europe.org. Those who register will receive the texts of the lectures by e-mail a few days before the conference.

Price: The FEET video conference is free of charge. Of course there are expenses for the technical management, so we are grateful for a voluntary donation for FEET which can be given on the Payment page on FEET website.

On Friday evening a FEET Business Meeting is planned. Please register separately using this link if you plan to attend.

Prague - 2018

August 24, 2018 – August 28, 2018

Christian Identity and mission in a Divided Europe

This Biennial Conference took place in Prague at the Hotel Olšanka.

Main Papers presented: Prof. Jeppe Bach Nikolajsen, Prof. Christof Sauer, Prof. Ad de Bruijne, Prof. Tomáš Halík, Prof. Bernhard Reitsma, Dr. Mykhailo Cherenkov, Rev. Daniel Pastircak and Prof. Henry Bloscher.

Wittenberg - 2016

August 26, 2016 – August 30, 2016

The Reformation - its Theology and its Legacy

Biennial Conference took place in Wittenberg at Leucorea

Main Papers presented: Prof. Christoph Raedel, Prof. Thomas Schirrmacher, Prof. Paul Wells, Prof. Andrew McGowan, Pfr. Dr. Paul Bernhard Rothen.

Paris - 2014

August 29, 2014 – September 02, 2014

Towards a Christian Ethic in Contemporary Europe

FEET Biennial Conference took place in Paris at the Missions Franciscaines, La Carte Dieu, Orsay.

Main Papers presented: Prof. Ad de Bruijne, Prof. Henri Blocher, Prof. Reidar Hvalvik, Dr. Berthold Schwarz, Dr. Michael Johner, Dr. Chris Wright.

Berlin - 2012

August 24, 2012 – August 28, 2012

Beyond the Bible: Moving from Scripture to Theology and Practice

FEET Biennial Conference took place in Berlin (Woltersdorf) at the EC - Begegnungs und Bildungszentrum.

Main Papers presented: Dr. Richard Briggs, Dr. Tchawdar Hadjiev, Prof. Roland Deines, Prof. Patrick Nullens, Dr. Hannes Wisher and Dr. Yannick Imbert.

Berlin - 2010

August 20, 2010 – August 24, 2010

Evangelical Theological Interpretation within Contemporary European Culture

FEET Biennial Conference took place in Berlin at Woltersdorf (EC - Begegnungs- und Bildungszetrum).

Main Papers presented: Stefan Gustavsson, Dr. Krish Kandiah, Dr. Jamie Grant, Prof. I. Howard Marshall, Prof. Eberhard Schockenhoff and Prof. Peter Kuzmic.

Berlin - 2008

August 22, 2008 – August 26, 2008

Evangelical Perspectives on Spirituality

FEET Biennial Conference took place in Berlin (Waltersdorf, EC - Begegnungs und Bildungszentrum).

Main Papers presented: Prof. Torleiv Austad, Prof. Gert Kwakkel, Bishop Dr. Stanislav Pietak, Dr. Vojtech Kohut, Dr. Ian Randall, Prof. Pierre Berthoud.

Prague - 2006

August 04, 2006 – August 08, 2006

Reconciliation Vertical and Horizontal Dimensions

FEET Biennial Conference took place in Prague at the International Baptist Theological Seminary.

Main Papers presented: Prof. Herbert Klement - response Dr. Torsten Uhlig, Prof. Max Turner - response Prof. Mark Seifrid, Dr. Stephen Holmes - response Dr. Oliver Crisp, Prof. Jan Ligus - response Pavel Hosek, Prof. Petr Kuzmic - Prof. Johannes Reimer.

Wölmersen - 2002

August 16, 2002 – August 20, 2002

European Christianity in World perspective: Theological heritage. Contemporary problems. What future?

FEET billenial conference 2002 was organized together with the World Evangelical Alliance in Wölmersen, Germany at the Neues-Leben-Zentrum.

Papers presented: Prof. Thomas Oden, Carl Trueman, Rolf Hille, Stephen Williams, Diumeme Noelliste, Udo Middelmann, Carsten-Peter Thiede, Valdir Steuernagel, Anne-Marie Kool, Peter Penner, Craig Bartholomew, Vinoth Ramachandra, Donald A. Carson.