CALL FOR PAPERS

For presentation at the inaugural InterGenerate Conference
June 25 – 27, 2017, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
Submissions due by February 15, 2017

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 page is the invitation to submit a paper for the conference, typically known as the Call for Papers; workshop submissions 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 30 minutes— approximately 20 minutes for the paper followed by approximately 10 minutes for Q & A and discussion; the presenter may use visuals such as PowerPoint and/or handouts..

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
-        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.

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