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Salon B – David Odom – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary/Sara
               Robinson: PhD Student, Somerset, KY
               The Youth Ministry Arenas Survey: Leader Perceptions of Effectiveness in Three Arenas of Youth
               The Youth Ministry Institute of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary launched the Youth Ministry Arenas
               (YMA) project with a primary goal of researching leader perceptions of effectiveness in three arenas of youth
               ministry: teenagers in the youth group, teenagers in families, and teenagers in the congregation. The study
               consisted of quantitative research via online surveys of 314 youth ministry leaders and follow-up interviews with
               respondents who scored high in each arena. Researchers refined the YMA instrument for use as an online
               assessment tool. This session focuses on an overview of the research study and insights gained for ministry

               Salon C – Kevin Lawson – Talbot School of Theology; Former Editor of the
               Christian Education Journal
               Writing and Reviewing for Academic Journals: Investing and Growing as a Scholar
               Academic journals are critical to the development of any field of study and teaching. This is how we learn from
               current research, evaluate new ideas, and consider changes in our field. Learn about the task of writing for
               academic journal publication and the work of serving as a peer-reviewer of research article submissions to a
               journal. Both aspects are critical to the quality of what a journal publishes. A veteran journal editor discusses key
               elements that can help get your research article published and how serving as a peer-reviewer can sharpen your
               own work and contribute to your field.

               Salon D – Megan Brown – Cedarville University
               Gracious Speech: Guiding Students to Analyze Complicated Language from a Biblical Worldview
               Higher education classrooms can be important places for students to analyze the conversations in their future
               careers to consider the effect of the language and the biblical choices they would make in that setting. This
               presentation will provide a tool for use within any higher education classroom to help students to unpack
               complicated language moments though analysis of the context, language, and biblical worldview response in a
               verbal interaction. Participants will learn the importance of language analysis in any profession, practice using the
               tool, and engage in small group discussion of classroom implications.
               Salon G – Seth Nelson – Erskine Theological Seminary
               Hosting a Theologically-Transformative Feast: Theological Educators as Facilitators of Whole-Person,
               Redemptive Transformation
               This qualitative study explores how seminary professors perceive their role as facilitators of whole-person,
               redemptive transformation. Unlike most studies relying upon Mezirow’s theory, this study offers a redemptive
               transformational learning approach based on a biblical theology of transformation and Loder’s meta-theology of
               redemptive transformation. The researcher conducted interviews with twenty-four professors to explore their
               convictions about holistic student formation, their relational engagement with students, and their educative
               practices. The researcher proposes a new conceptual framework and suggests practice implications for theological
               educators including reliance upon the Holy Spirit, cultivating transforming moments, and the integration of
               experiential and spiritual learning through dialogue.

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