Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

Generative Leader Tasks

• Conceiving a session:

• The best conceptions are closest to the generative leader’s research interests, include cross-institutional involvement and have interdisciplinary impact. 
• Sessions may be an interactive panel, a collection of (usually three) papers, or another creative and appropriate construction. The quality of papers should reflect potential publication. 

• Recruiting participants:

• The generative leader defines the session’s topic and parameters.
• We encourage sessions that include presenters from a diversity of institutions and welcome Ph.D. students and all ranks of faculty. 
• While associated with the Churches of Christ, the CSC welcomes all scholars who affirm its mission. 

• Communicating with session members:

• All program participants must be registered for the conference, so please encourage timely registration. Fees increase close to the conference date.
• The web page ( is regularly updated with information including your session’s date, time, and venue.
• Request and collect each presenter’s abstract (85 – 100 words) for inclusion on the web and booklet. 
• Collecting papers at least one week prior to the conference. If respondents are involved, we suggest papers be collected and distributed by May 5, 2020. 
• Once the session and abstracts have been posted and slotted, please send an informal email to all participants, detailing presenters' time limits and other pertinent information. Since all program participants must be registered for the Conference include a link to the registration website.

• Convening the session at the conference:

• The generative leader is responsible for the session’s format, introducing the speakers and moderating questions. An essential component of the 90 minute breakout session is the question/answer time which requires care in creating and protecting response time for each presenter. 
• One week after the conference (July 11) the generative leader will send papers directly to the CSC Archivist, Carisse Berryhill at (

Timelines for Generative Leaders

• October 31, 2020: Generative Leaders Session Commitment Day

• Session title
• Presenters
• Presenter’s likely topic

• October 31, 2020: First Web update (

• Early sessions & abstracts posted
• Updates once per month through December 
• Weekly updates January through June 8, 2021

• February 1, 2021: Generative Leaders Final Session Form due to David Fleer

• Session title 
• Presenters and institution 
• Presenter’s titles

• February 1, 2021: Abstracts due to David Fleer

• One abstract for each panel – OR - 
• One abstract for each paper
• Firm word limit: 85 – 100, per abstract

• March through April: Registration and attention to the CSC web page

• May 5: Suggested date to have papers to Respondents (if embedded in session)
• June 9-11, 2021: The 40th Annual CSC at Lipscomb University
• July 11: Proceedings due to Carisse Berryhill
The official archives of the Christian Scholars Conference are permanently held and made accessible for study at the Center for Restoration Studies, Brown Library, Abilene Christian University. Electronic copies may be sent to Carisse Berryhill, at ( Models for abstracts and other forms for submission can be accessed through the web at 

Panel Session Form: An Example


“New Brunswick Theological Seminary’s Anti-Racism Initiative: Creating the ‘Beloved Community’ within Institutions of Theological Education”

   Jennifer Jeanine Thweatt-Bates, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Convener

·         Jeffrey R. Baker, Faulkner University, Panelist

·         James W. McCarty III, Emory University, Panelist

·         Jesse Pettengill, West Islip, New York Church of Christ, Panelist

·         Jennifer Jeanine Thweatt-Bates, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Panelist


Generative Session Form: An Example


“Reconciliation across the Disciplines: Views from Politics and Literature”

   Nathan Shank, University of Kentucky, Convener

·         Benjamin Garner, University of Kansas, “Vote With Your Fork: Food, Reconciliation, and Politics at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market”

·         Joanna Benskin, Purdue University, “Reconciling the Conflicted Closing of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”

·         Karie Cross, University of Notre Dame, Reconciling Opposing Views in the Feminist Legal Theory Debate”

·         Nancy Shankle, Abilene Christian University, Respondent