The Bonn Salon adresses Christian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the field of development cooperation that often face special challenges, particularly with regards to self-conception, fundraising, public relations and operational activities. This has much to do with the fact that missionary-evangelistic work on the one hand and social-charitable, benevolent or development-policy related work on the other have to be reconciled – which proves to be a constant task in many contexts.

Main idea

The main idea of the Bonn Salon is to strengthen Christian development NGOs in their special character and to set inspirational impulses in the areas of self-understanding, fundraising and leadership. As a closed conference, the Bonn Salon offers the necessary exclusivity and confidentiality for dealing adequately with the food for thought offered. During the Bonn Salon the Chatham House rule applies (open discussion during the conference; possibility to use all obtained information outside the conference, but without direct citation).

Participation in the Bonn Salon is only possible by personal invitation. Invitees are CEOs and senior managers of Christian non-governmental organizations with activities in the field of development cooperation.


3/4 February 2022

Opening: Thursday, 11 am

Conclusion: Friday, 1:30 pm


250 EUR plus VAT (cost-covering conference flat rate)


Guiding theme: to be announced

  • Forum I 
  • Forum II 
  • Forum III 
  • Story Sharing


Guiding theme: What is (still) holy?

The tone in political discourse is becoming more and more acute, as are the global environmental and development crises. In times of the corona crisis, the challenges are also growing both at the individual and organizational levels. The burdens on one’s own psyche are increasing, while at the same time urgently needed spaces for recreation and inspiration for people in positions of responsibility are shrinking. Can the idea of the “sacred” (the special, protectable) be an effective counterpoint on all levels?

  • Forum I – What is sacred to the world?
    The sacred as a reference point for preserving and shaping the world.
  • Forum II – What is sacred to me?
    The sacred as a personal source of strength in everyday life.
  • Forum III – What is sacred to development cooperation?
    Critical reflection five years after the launch of the BMZ Religious Strategy.
    What are the (ongoing) challenges? What has been achieved? What must change? Chances and limits of cooperation with faith-based organizations.
  • Story Sharing


Inspirational impulses

in the areas of self-image, fundraising and leadership


if you are interested in participating or if you have questions about the Bonn Salon:

Lilian M. Kurz

Project Coordinator “Bonn Salon Christian Development Cooperation“ or


Alanus Werkhaus

Alfter (near Bonn)


Key issues in recent years

Guiding Theme: World in motion - Mission in motion - Theology in motion

The pace of change in our world is accelerating noticeably. How do we perceive these decisive and sometimes disruptive upheavals? How do we remain or are we effective in the present and the future with our work? And how do we create and maintain a relevant and powerful theology in this change?

  • Forum I – Open Eyes
    World in motion (migration, digitisation)
  • Forum II – Open Hands
    Mandate in motion (new fields of work, new structures, new topics)
  • Story-Sharing
  • Forum III – Open Mouth
    Theology in motion (contemporary proclamation in 2020)

Fundraising – Management – Communication

prop.: Matthias K. Boehning (Dipl.-Oec.), Consultant Economist


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