EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPEN! Advocacy Course - Dr Vinay Samuel - Dr Chris Sugden - 18-20 September 2014


Many Christians find themselves in positions of influence in their places of work, in their communities and even as leaders in debates of national importance. How can Christians use Biblical principles to effectively fulfill these roles? How can Christians advocate for Godly change in a secular world?

Stellenbosch Theological Institute together with the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life presents a course which includes

  • Foundations: the why and how of Christian engagement in public life
  • The elements of advocacy
    • Identification of they key issues that demand attention
    • Mapping the environment around the issue (stakeholder analysis and implications for society)
    • Effective lobbying and engaging with the public and other influential role players (media, politicians, NGOs)
    • Forming strategic alliances for optimal influence on public policy
  • Recent South African case studies of Christian engagement in public policy issues

Who should enroll?
  • Any Christian currently involved in public life or leadership, who intends entering this domain or who wish to advocate for change at any level

  • Dr Vinay Samuel  (speaker bio available here)
  • Dr Chris Sugden  (speaker bio available here)
Costs and payment details
  • Total cost: R450
  • Costs include course material, lunches and teas
  • Early bird special: all participants that register and pay by 29 August 2014, pay only R400.
  • Banking details:
          Stellenbosch Theological Institute NPC
          Nedbank Current Account
          Acc nr: 1074373189
          Branch code: 198765
          Swift code: NEDSZAJJ
Please use ‘ADV’ and your surname as reference and email proof of payment along with your name and surname to
Venue information
  • East Mountain, Bilton Estate, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch (
  • GPS coordinates and map
  • Limited accommodation, at an additional cost, can be booked with the organisers. Please enquire. Accommodation will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

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