Thank you for your interest in writing for the 180 symposium! Writers are a critical part of the discussion that will encourage change in the right direction.

180° Symposium Writing Guidelines

The 180° Symposium addresses issues in youth and young adult ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and beyond. Those interested in writing and presenting a paper for the 180° Symposium May 10-12, 2022, at Andrews University are invited to send a 1-page proposal that identifies what element or branch of the topic you propose to write and a brief overview of what your thoughts are before you do further study and writing. The topic for this year, during this time in the pandemic, is “A New Opportunity: Youth and Young Adult Ministry Through COVID and Beyond.” Children’s ministry can also be included in this.

2022 Writing Topics to Choose From

Send your proposal via email to  by Thursday, March 31, 2022, in order for it to be approved for inclusion in this year’s symposium.  We want to be sure there isn’t duplication on the topics. Those who receive approval can begin their additional study and then write their paper on the approved proposal topic. The length of the paper should target the 2,000-3,000 word range, which is 8-12 pages, double space, 12 point font in Times New Roman font. The completed paper should be sent to Steve Case ( no later than Friday, May 6, 2022, in order to be included in this year’s 180° Symposium.

The symposium will be a hybrid event, with both in-person and streaming video. Writers can do their presentation in-person or online or through Zoom. Each writer can make a brief, 10-minute presentation that provides the most salient points of their paper. This will be followed by 15-20 minutes of feedback and discussion. Participants will have access to the full paper online for reference.

The first day of the symposium will be spent hearing presentations on this year’s topic and providing feedback. The second day will be spent in breakout groups to address the topic from three perspectives of practitioners, administrators, or academicians. Each group will address the topic from their selected perspective and based on the papers presented on the first day and the expertise of those engaged in the dialogue. By the end of the second day, each breakout group should prepare their recommendations for presentation on the third day. The third day will include a report of each of the three perspectives from the second day, with feedback from others present. The third day’s activities will end with lunch.

Following the symposium, writers will have an opportunity to revise their papers based on the symposium. They will then send them to Steve Case for editing and will receive the edited version before this collection gets published in hard copy by AdventSource and put online as individual chapters on the Andrews University Digital Commons website. Writing a paper doesn’t guarantee its inclusion in the publication, but not writing a paper does guarantee it will not be included. 😊


Guidelines for the 1-Page Proposal

  • Identify the element you will address in relation to the topic for this year’s 180° Symposium: “A New Opportunity: Youth and Young Adult Ministry Through COVID and Beyond.”
  • Give a brief overview of your plan.
  • Commit to completion of the paper by May 6, 2022.
  • Identify whether you will present a 10-minute overview of your paper and if so, whether that will be in-person at Andrews University or virtually online.
  • Email your 1-page proposal to Steve Case at no later than Thursday, March 31, 2022.


Guidelines for the Paper

  • Select a subtopic of the overall topic and get approval from Steve Case (so everyone doesn’t develop the same subtopic). A list of potential subtopics is available here.
  • Limit yourself to 2,000-3,000 words (8-12 pages, double space)
  • Support your subtopic with 10-20 references (quotations and/or references)
  • Illustrate your subtopic with real life examples
  • Conclude your paper with recommendations based on your paper
  • Use University of Chicago (“Turabian”) style with in text citation. For example, see:
  • Use American spelling
  • Microsoft Word format, with 1-inch margins, align left
  • Times New Roman font, 12 point type
  • Page numbers centered at the bottom of each page
  • Manuscript title centered, bold, ALL CAPS
  • Next line, put the name and title of the author, centered
  • Include a 1-paragraph abstract (overview) after completing your paper, but place it at the beginning of the paper, in italics.
  • First level headings are centered, bold, and Capitalize First Letters of Major Words
  • Second level headings are centered, regular font, and Capitalize First Letters of Major Words
  • If you have third level headings, they are justified left, bold, and Capitalize First Letters of Major Words