The Global Forum on Church and Poverty 2018


3rd - 6th July 2018
Kigali, Rwanda

Thinking Theology gatherings have been an integral part of Tearfund’s envisioning strategy for the past three years, as they enable us to share and influence the church for an integral theology of mission and to deepen theological reflection on Christian development practice. They provide a space to bring together a diverse group of theologians, church leaders and development practitioners to reflect upon the way that the Bible can and should shape our engagement in poverty alleviation and community transformation.  

The Global Forum on Church and Poverty

As Tearfund celebrates 50 years of working alongside churches to help transform communities around the world, we invited delegates to join us as we reflected on the successes and failures of the past and look to how the global church can be more effective in overcoming poverty in the years to come. The biblical idea of jubilee was our touchstone in this year, as we seek to live in and transform a broken world as God’s chosen people. It is this notion that birthed the Global Forum on Church and Poverty: a perfect opportunity to gather thought leaders to highlight and work to reconcile broken relationships that are impacting the world in which we live. A time to challenge secular solutions to poverty alleviation and explore the theology and practice around jubilee and how this links to overcoming poverty.  


Tuesday 3rd July to Friday 6th July 2018.


Kigali, Rwanda.

Young Theologians application

We were excited to have 12 places available to give young people aged between 18 - 35 the chance to be part of this event. It was a unique opportunity to engage in higher-level theological reflection with theologians and strategic influencers from around the world. A chance to build relationships and gain exposure to help you with your future goals and career development. 

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