Transformational Development Conference (TDC)

Venue: George Fox University

Location: Newberg, Oregon, United States

Event Date/Time: Feb 21, 2008
Early Registration Date: Jun 30, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: May 15, 2008
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Call for Presentations

A world movement has gained profile recently whose stated goal is the end of extreme poverty.
With growing optimism its champions assert that advances in development science and

technology make this a realistic possibility for this generation (Sachs 2005). As Christians we
respond to the much older call to live out the Kingdom of God and embrace a deeper hope in
Christ’s redemption of the world. Our goal is more than just the absence of extreme material
poverty, but for people to discover their true identity as children of God and recover their true
vocation as productive stewards faithfully caring for the world and all the people in it (Myers
1999). How then should our faith integrate with the ways we both engage in and educate for
international development? How do we go about development in a posture of Christian witness,
responding in obedient faith to the only true Agent of transformation?
Transformational Development is a term that many are quick to use to describe their programs,
organizations and interventions. Christian academics and practitioners use the term to signify a
holistic integration of faith and development and to distinguish it from models that are secular or
simply dichotomist in their application. The terminology, while helpful, has not yet resulted in
consensus around the criteria for, frameworks of, and proven approaches to doing
transformational development. The danger remains that unless we can differentiate between
what is and is not transformational development, it will be just another Christian label used to
justify whatever we happen to be doing.
If we say we are in the business of transformational development then we must acknowledge the
demands placed upon us by the promise the term connotes. The goal is positive change in the
whole of human life materially, socially and spiritually (Myers 1999). It is not sufficient for
evangelism and social involvement to occur simultaneously. Our gospel proclamation has social
consequences, and our social involvement has evangelistic consequences (Campbell 2005; the
Micah Declaration on Integral Mission). Transformational development’s distinctives should be
found across the spectrum, impacting not just motivations but operations, not just where we go or
send but the posture with which we walk. Transformation suggests an end-to-end focus, not just
on the poor whom we seek to serve but the poor who are doing the serving. And it promises
radical ongoing change in not just our scope of activities but also our outcomes aligned with
sound biblical theology. We seek to move beyond definition to interpretation of transformational
development, building sound academic foundations for both those engaging in and educating for
Christian development.
To this end, we invite presentations from multiple disciplines to explore what it means to be
transformational in all aspects of development work. Possible presentation topics include (but are
not limited to):
• The qualitative and quantitative criteria used to specify program contribution to
transformational outcomes.
• Approaches that have been evidenced to effectively foster transformational outcomes.
• Frameworks for understanding how the objects and subjects of development (and their
relationships) contribute to transformational outcomes.

Transformational Development Conference
Co-sponsored by Food for the Hungry & George Fox University
August 14-16, 2008, Newberg, Oregon
We welcome presentation proposals by established academics and graduate students, and poster
presentation proposals by undergraduate students, which we will group by topic. Proposals of 250
-300 words should be submitted by May 15, 2008, and should include your name, organization/
university affiliation, mailing address and email. Submit proposals to Food for the Hungry, attn:
Michael Pucci, Ph.D., International Director of Academic Programs, 1224 E. Washington St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85034, or by email to We will notify applicants of their
acceptance as a presenter by June 10, 2008.

Conference Plenary Speakers:

Dr. Bryant Myers, currently a professor of transformational development at
Fuller Theological Seminary, is a lifelong activist dedicated to Christian relief
and development work around the world. During his tenure with World Vision
International, Dr. Myers worked for over 30 years in senior management roles
and most recently as vice president for development and food resources. Dr.
Myers has also published several works engaging with the topic of
transformational development and continues his service on several renowned
evangelical and development boards.

Dr. Evvy Hay Campbell, currently an associate professor of intercultural
studies at Wheaton College, holds degrees in a variety of fields, including
nursing, literature, health, and education. Formally a part of MAP
International, Dr. Campbell has directed several medical services programs
around the world and has published and presented numerous papers on the
topic of medical missions. Dr. Campbell also participates in several
professional societies and researches in the fields of medical missions and
holistic development. She is a Lausanne senior associate for holistic mission.

Dr. Brian Fikkert serves as the Director of the Chalmers Center and is an
associate professor of economics at Covenant College. Dr. Fikkert earned a Ph.D.
in economics from Yale University, specializing in Third World economic
development and international economics. Dr. Fikkert has been a consultant to
the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United States
Agency for International Development. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he
was a professor at the University of Maryland and a research fellow at the Center
for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.

Conference Details
Dates: Thursday, August 14 – Saturday, August 16, 2008

Location: George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon

Registration: Please register online after March 1, 2008 at

Questions and Comments: Esther Hsu, Event Manager, Food for the Hungry or 480.609.7778