Supporting and developing the professionalisation of youth ministry around the world

Log in

International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry

Australasian Regional Conference


Sydney, Australia

19th – 21st August, 2021

Call for Papers

Submit your papers online by the 5th March 2021 via this link.

The IASYM regional conference is an opportunity to present and discuss research related to ministry amongst children, youth and emerging/young adults.

This three-day academic conference provides an opportunity for teachers, lecturers and researchers across Australia, New Zealand and Asia to present their research to their colleagues for feedback and constructive criticism.

The conference also provides practitioners as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students with the opportunity to engage with the latest scholarship and research as well as present their own work.

The program for 2021 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. Research Papers are complete works of research that are ready for constructive critical engagement.

·         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, publication, ministry practice or the teaching of ministry to children, youth and emerging/young adults.

Note: We hope to host the conference in-person with online options available to those who can’t travel or be physically be present in Sydney. Should public health circumstances change making an in-person conference unsafe or not possible, the conference will switch to become online-only.

Invitation to Submit Proposals

Submit your proposals no later than 5th March 2021 via this link.

Proposals should include a 200-word abstract, along with your contact information and a little background to your research.

Notification of acceptance will be delivered to authors by 5th April, 2021.

Full papers and workshop outlines must be completed by 1st August, 2021.

More Information

For more information contact the chair of the Academic Committee, Dr Rowan Lewis, email

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software