CALL FOR PAPERS

For presentation at the 2019 InterGenerate Conference
May 20-22, 2019 Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN 

Submissions due by Friday, March 1, 2019

InterGenerate is a conference for academics and practitioners. Both papers and workshops will be presented. Papers primarily address the why questions such as:

-      Why have churches in the past century promoted more age-segregated approaches to ministry?
-      What are the spiritual benefits of intergenerational ministry for all ages?
-      What biblical support is there for intergenerational approaches to ministry?
-      What theological support is there for intergenerational approaches to ministry?
-      What research supports intergenerational approaches to ministry?
-      What learning theories support intergenerational approaches to ministry?
-      Why is it challenging for churches to become more intentionally intergenerational?

Workshops primarily address the how questions such as how to implement intergenerational story-telling, Bible study, small groups, worship, youth ministry, children’s ministry, etc.

This document is the invitation to submit a paper for the conference, typically known as the Call for Papers; workshops are being processed elsewhere.

For this conference, a paper is an oral presentation that offers empirical or conceptual research related to intergenerational Christian formation or ministry. Each presenter will be allotted 25 minutes— approximately 20 minutes for the paper followed by approximately 5 minutes for Q & A and discussion; the presenter may use visuals such as PowerPoint and/or handouts. Three papers will be presented in each 75-minute session. There are four breakout session; we plan to accept 12-18 paper proposals.

The Program Committee welcomes paper presentation submissions based on your work regarding intergenerational perspectives on Christian formation and ministry in the following submission categories:

1.     Biblical/Historical/Theological support


-      Theological support regarding an intergenerational perspective
-      Biblical support regarding an intergenerational perspective
-      Historical perspectives regarding intergenerational practices and approaches or, conversely, historical perspectives on age-segregated practices  

 2. Intergenerational research

-      Recent or ongoing research with data (qualitative or quantitative) on any aspect of intergenerational Christian formation and/or ministry, for example, IG learning, worship, service/missions, leadership, small groups, story-sharing, in multicultural settings, in megachurches, etc.
-      Methodological advances and innovation in measuring/studying intergenerational Christian formation and ministry.
-      Conceptual research regarding ideas, history, various iterations, and current practices of intergenerational Christian formation and ministry such as IG learning, worship, service/missions, leadership, small groups, story-sharing, in multicultural settings, in megachurches, etc.
-      Meta-analysis of current and recent empirical research related to intergenerational Christian formation and ministry.
-      Compilation of current empirical intergenerational research in secular fields such as   gerontology or sociology that interconnects with intergenerational Christian formation and ministry 

3. Theory and/or definitional work

-      Conceptual work regarding the definitional aspects of intergenerational Christian formation and ministry describing and expanding on such pertinent and related terms as multigenerational, intergenerativity, intergenerationality, cross-age, interage, etc.
-      Theoretical support for intergenerational practices from, for example, developmental psychology, social learning theory, systems theory, sociocultural theory, etc.
-      Insights from generational theory that offer support for multigenerational churches attempting to become more intergenerational. 

4. Creating a more intentionally intergenerational church culture (leadership)

-      Anticipating barriers & challenges to becoming more intergenerational in practice
-      Identifying processes that will help faith communities become more intentionally intergenerational
-      Description, rationale, process involved in creating a successful intergenerational youth ministry, children’s ministry, senior ministry, etc. 

Notification: Final decisions on acceptance/rejection status will be sent by April 1, 2019. If we receive your proposal far before the deadline, and we find it to be well-written and clearly in line with our conference focus, and it offers fresh insights into intergenerational foundations and practice, we will likely let you know much earlier than April 1 that we accept the proposal.

Nice perk:  The registration fee for presenters at the conference will be $150 rather than $275 (early bird) or $300 (regular fee). When you register for the conference, there will be a place on the registration form for you to mark if your paper has been accepted for presentation at the conference. This will allow you to register for $150. We look forward to receiving your proposal and to your joining us at InterGenerate 2019 in May.