Sydney 2020: Call for Papers Extended

Submit your proposals no later than 28 February 2020 via this link.


The IASYM Australia-New Zealand regional conference is an opportunity for those involved in children’s, youth and emerging/young adult ministry as teachers, lecturers, researchers or thoughtful practitioners across our region.

This three-day academic conference provides an opportunity for scholars to present their research to their colleagues for feedback and constructive criticism about their research. 

The conference also provides thoughtful practitioners in children’s, youth and emerging adult ministry with the opportunity to engage with the latest scholarship and research.

The program for 2020 offers three formats for engagement and interaction: research papers, emerging research and workshops:

  • Research Papers present new research in children’s, youth and emerging/young adult ministry submitted by conference delegates. In each session the presentation will be followed by a prepared response as well as group discussion. 
  • Emerging Research sessions provide an opportunity to share ‘works-in-progress’ and developing thoughts as well as completed ideas not yet established in a formal paper. These sessions provide an opportunity for new or emerging researchers (whether engaged in formal study or as a thoughtful practitioner) to road-test ideas and receive feedback in a constructive environment.
  • Workshops offer professional development opportunities to assist delegates in the craft of research and the teaching of ministry to children, youth, and emerging/young adults.

Invitation to Submit Proposals

Proposals should include a 200 word abstract, along with the author’s name, email address, and academic institution or place of employment.

Notification of acceptance will be delivered to authors by 16 March, 2020.

Full papers and workshop outlines must be completed by 29 June, 2019.

Academic Committee

Dr Chris Ryan MGL, Areté Centre for Missional Leadership, Sydney

David Bosma, Otago University, Dunedin

Vivien Cheung, Mary Andrews College/Youthworks College, Sydney

More Information

For more information contact the chair of the Academic Committee, Dr Chris Ryan MGL, email

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