European Conference 2018


IASYM European Biennial Conference
Malta: 4-7 April 2018

Youth Ministry and Identity in Times of Transformation

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Wednesday 4th April

13:00  Registration

15:00  Welcome and Worship

15:45  Keynote 1 – The youth minister as antidote. Nadia Delicata

17:00 Coffee break

17:30  Session 1

Kristu Raghaj Hall:

Adolescents, another like the other? – critical perspective about adolescents as digital natives and sharing equal feelings about the sense of community. Eveliina Ojala

Conversion to adult faith of Millennials in the Local
Youth Ministry context. Anthony Mifsud

San Gorg Preca Hall:

Becoming a youth leader. Adrian Gellel and Christine Rossi

Meaningful volunteer work. Jari Pulkkinen

19:30  Walk to Rabat centre

20:00 Conference Dinner

Thursday 5th April

7:30    Breakfast

8:30    Morning Prayers

9:00    Session 2

Kristu Raghaj Hall:

Identity in secularized Europe; East and West compared. Monique van Dijk-Groeneboer

The identity of highly religious young people and their significance for the church. Results of the 2018 empirical youth study in Germany. Tobais Faix

Kristu Raghaj Chapel:

Why does someone still do it, when no one has to? Dynamics of leadership in youth ministry in the Church of Norway. Knut Tveitereid and Bård Eirik Hallesby Norheim

Human Error in Christian Youth Work: A Cross-National Study of Youth Worker Mistakes. Len Kageler, Amy Jacober, Evan Usher

10:30  Coffee Break

11:00  Keynote 2: Places of Possibility: Exploring the roles of Christian Youth Groups in turbulent times. Mark Scanlan

12:30  Lunch

14:30  Session 4

Kristu Raghaj Hall:

Duty to God: Scouts as institutional religious social agents. Berit Weigand Berg

Outdoors Education as a context for transformation: Exploring spirituality in wild places. Robin Smith

Kristu Raghaj Chapel:

“Passion for Unity” – the Young Adults Mission of the Chemin Neuf Community. Stephie The-Mertens

Political mobilisation among Afghani asylum seekers in Sweden. Solvor Lauritzen

16:00 Coffee break

17.30  Travel by Coach from the Seminary to a local youth organisation

19:00 Dinner

22:00 Return to Rabat

 Friday 6th April

7:30    Breakfast

8:30    Morning Prayers

9:00    Session 4

Kristu Raghaj Hall:

Faith in Flux: Stimulating Fowler’s Individuative-Reflective Stage. Tamra Fromm Hull

The development of one’s relationship with the Bible during YCV activity. Jouko Porkka & Salla Poropudas

Kristu Raghaj Chapel:

Religious identity development of strictly religious adolescents: preservation and/or adaptation in times of transformation. Anne-Marije de Bruin-Wassinkmaat, Jos de Kock , Elsbeth Visser-Vogel, Cok Bakkercand Marcel Barnarda

Believing and belonging among protestant youth in Europe: predicting future trends. Kati Tervo-Niemlä

10:30  Coffee Break

11:00  Session 5

Kristu Raghaj Hall:

Designing Youth Theology: are we taking theological expressions of young people seriously? Frantisek Stech

Practicing Welcome: recovering hospitality for the sake of youth. Justin Forbes

Kristu Raghaj Chapel:

An Implementation of Wojtylian Freedom within a Catechetical Moral Education Framework. Elias Hage

Encounter Ex Ecclesia: Meeting God outside the parish. Tamra Fromm Hull

San Gorg Preca Hall:

Youth in Biblical Narratives and theological understanding of youth. Ron Becker

Transformation in relationships. Andrew Root and Erik Leafblad

12:30  Lunch

14:00  On the footsteps of St. Paul

17:00  Coffee break

17:30  Keynote 3: A renewed vision for youth ministry in times of transformation? Christian Noval

19.00  Transport to Mgarr

19:30 Dinner

22:00 Return to Rabat 

Saturday 7th April

7:30    Breakfast

8:30    Morning Prayers

9:00    Session 7

Kristu Raghaj Hall:

Faith, Science, and Confusion between Youth Workers and Adolescence. Andrew Root (with Erik Leafblad)

Kristu Raghaj Chapel

Staff collaboration with children and youth ministry in times of transformation. Astrid Sandsmark

Perspectives of adult participants on worship with children. Lydia van Leersum Bekebrede

Sala Dun George

Why Youth Ministry in Malta? Claire Vella

Emerging Patterns of Youth Culture in Ghana and their Implications for Christian Youth Ministry. Abeeku Budu-Acquah

10:30  Coffee Break

11:00  Keynote 4: Normativity in empirical youth ministry research. Jos de Kock and Ronelle Sonnenberg

12:15 Closing of conference

12:30  Lunch

14:00  Departure


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