The Institute for Global Church and Mission (IWM) is an academic institute of the German Bishops’ Conference at the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The IWM is committed to theological research and teaching that reflects on issues of the global church and its mission. Since 2012, Dr. Markus Luber SJ has been the acting director of the IWM.
Our mission c
In research and teaching, the IWM is dedicated to questions of the global church and mission. In addition to the missiological focus, current developments in the local churches worldwide are also at the centre of academic reflection. The Institute provides a theological foundation for the development of these phenomena. In the events organised by the Institute, questions of the global church and mission are brought into a theological and interdisciplinary discourse, and the work of Catholic aid organisations is accompanied scientifically. In addition, the IWM is mandated to carry out two structured programs: With the educational program Weltkirche (Global Church in German), the IWM contributes to the academic training and further education of the staff of global church institutions; with the scholarship program Albertus Magnus, the IWM supports foreign theologians in cooperation with the dioceses and Catholic relief organisations in Germany.
Through research, the IWM provides missiological groundwork in an intercultural perspective and reflects on the shape of the universal church.
Through teaching at the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology, the IWM addresses questions of the mission of the church in theological discourse.
With annual conferences and study days, the IWM offers a platform for international exchange on current topics in missiology.
The programs of the IWM strengthen the importance of the church as a global learning community and support the work of the dioceses and catholic aid organisations in Germany.
Research fields A
In its theological research, the IWM reflects the missionary dimension of the church in today’s world. Mission is understood as a dialogical process of communication, shaped by the respective contexts of life and guided by the existential needs of human beings. The research fields of the IWM result from this basic understanding.
Our Scholarship Program l
On behalf of the German Bishops’ Conference (DBK), the Institute for Global Church and Mission implements two structured programs to support the global church work in Germany:
The Albertus Magnus Theological Scholarship Program accompanies scholarship holders from abroad who wish to obtain postgraduate qualifications in Germany.