At the encouragement of Van Lunen Fellows, from the first cohort to the most recent, continuing executive management education has been requested. "Van Lunen 2.0: Excellence in Christian Education in a Changing Culture" – a four-day program of advanced professional development—is our response to this appeal. This conference is planned to be a significant continuation of the executive management education Fellows received in their initial Van Lunen Fellows program year. It is scheduled for November 4-7, 2021, to be held at the Prince Conference Center on Calvin’s campus.

Highlights of Van Lunen 2.0 conference:
  • Reception and dinner with all Van Lunen Fellows Thursday evening, November 4
  • More than 20 breakout sessions offered by Van Lunen alumni
  • Commencement for two Van Lunen cohorts on Friday morning, November 5 (2019-2020 and 2020-2021)
  • Keynote speakers:
    • T. Mark Miller, Chick-Fil-A Business Leader, bestselling author, and storyteller
    • Dr. David Smith, Professor of Education, Director of Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Coordinator of the De Vries Institute for Global Faculty Development at Calvin University, and Editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education
    • Dr. Tim Elmore, Founder of “Growing Leaders” and author of more than 30 books
    • Dr. Richard Mouw, a senior research fellow at the Henry Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics at Calvin University; former President of Fuller Theological Seminary and director of their Institute of Faith and Public Life
  • Formal dinner on Saturday night with Dr. Richard Mouw
  • Worship, education round tables, and essential practices with lunch on Sunday, November 7

Attendees include Fellows, Van Lunen Board members and guests. Fellows are coming from every region of the United States, from three regions of Canada, and as far away as Indonesia and Africa. Registration closes on September 15, 2021.

The story of the Van Lunen Center’s first decade has been recorded in a book published by the late Gordon VanderBrug. Gordon was a Calvin alumnus and Van Lunen Foundation Trustee who envisioned and helped establish the Center. At the end of the book he wrote, “Remembering that the story of the Van Lunen Center has also been called ‘God’s project,’ we believe that ensuring the future of this important program is both a responsibility and a privilege for all who care deeply about Christian education.”


If you have questions about Van Lunen 2.0, please contact the Van Lunen Center.

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