The biola.digital conference is designed to empower individuals with the vision, knowledge, and relationships necessary to be thoughtful stewards of digital technologies for the cause of Christ.
Join us as we gather together like-minded people around one primary goal: to understand how we can use digital technologies to accomplish the missions of our organizations. The conference will be organized around three tracks: Education, Strategy, and Theology.
This year we are honored to host Aaron Sams as our keynote speaker.
June 3-5, 2014
13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90639
Conference Registration: $129
Conference + Think Digital Workshop $199
Faculty/Staff and Student/Alumni discounts available.
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Sessions in the Theology track are designed to explore the complex issues surrounding the practice of our faith and the use of digital technologies. Speakers will address issues such as: How does the use of these technologies deepen our faith? How does it help us love our neighbor?
Sessions in the Strategy track provide insight into how organizations can leverage Internet and social media tools to make their organizations more successful. Speakers in this track will address practical issues such as how to gain more social media followers and increase return on investment.
Sessions in the Education track will explore the topic of using technology for academic and community-building purposes. Attendees should expect to learn from experts in the field on how to more effectively use social media and mobile technologies to deliver educational value and deepen relationships with students.
Aaron Sams has been an educator since 2000 and is currently the Director of Digital Learning at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to this he taught high school science and was awarded the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Aaron recently served as co-chair of the Colorado State Science Standards Revision Committee and is an advisor to TED-Ed. He frequently speaks on educational uses of technology and The Flipped Classroom concept. Aaron brings a unique educational perspective with experience in public, private, and home schools in face-to-face, online, and blended learning environments. Aaron holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and an M.A.Ed. from Biola University.
Aaron Sams will be presenting his keynote address on Tuesday night, entitled “If you can be replaced by a YouTube video, you probably should be: the role of schools and educators, churches and ministers in an interconnected world...and why they are more important than ever before."
Carolyn Mae Kim has experience working with national and global clients on creative communication strategies. Her specialization is in social media and organizational relationship building on digital platforms. She serves as a full-time faculty member with Biola University, leading the public relations program in the Journalism & Integrated Media department. A board member of the Orange County chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Carolyn is an Accredited Public Relations professional (APR) and also a speaker and author for Social Media strategy.
Carolyn will be leading a session entitled "Social Media & Credibility: What Every Organization Should Know About Audience Perceptions"
Ben Bost is the Senior Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Golf Ministry. Ben's is passionate about developing frameworks and resources for biblical maturity to serve the Church and Parachurch ministries. As a spiritual development thinker, Ben strives to reach culture with greater effectiveness by connecting the dots between theology, practical ministry and digital technology. He did his undergraduate studies in History at UCLA and Baylor University and holds a Masters in Biblical Leadership from Phoenix Seminary. Ben lives in Gilbert, AZ with his wife and 3 children.
Ben will be leading a breakout session in the Theology track entitled "Intentionalization: Making Sense of Ministry in a Digital Age."
Jason Caston is a Creator, Innovator, Author and Internet Church Specialist. He is more than a man on mission; he’s a man with a calling, having worked with major ministries and built websites and social media properties that reach over three million people daily, Caston has proven that his cutting edge technological savvy and business acumen have made him a sought after Internet Church and Social Media Specialist. Caston has developed an innovative approach to helping businesses and ministries advance their online presence using The iChurch Method, a five part approach of Websites, multimedia, eCommerce, Social Media and Mobile. In 2012 Jason Caston authored The iChurch Method Vol. 1 and followed that up in 2013 with The iChurch Method Vol. 2 and How to Get One Million Social Media Fans. Additionally, Caston created and developed The iChurch Academy (ichurchacademy.com), an online school that teaches The iChurch Method in an interactive online environment. In addition to speaking around the world, he is the Director of Innovative Technology and Social Media at The Potter's House of Dallas. You can connect with him online via Twitter @jasoncaston and @ichurchmethod.
Jason will be leading a session in the strategy track entitled "The Internet Church Campus - Creating an Online Campus to Reach the World".
Dr. Joe Miller (aka JR) is a Professor at Southern California Seminary, teaching a variety of courses in Theology and Leadership. In addition, he works as their Digital Media Coordinator and Instructional Technologist. Dr Miller has a diverse educational background, earning his B.A. E. from Pennsylvania State University, M.Div. from Oral Roberts University and D. Min. from Biola University. Joe has over fifteen years of pastoral experience and has authored many books, including his latest title, “2001 Tweetable Quotes". Joe is a dynamic speaker, very much in demand for his unique background. He can be heard regularly through his podcast at www.ChristianLeadershipRadio.com.
Joe will be leading a breakout session in the Theology track entitled "Flipped Theology: New Technologies for Teaching Ancient Truths."
Curtis Baxter is a Digital Engagement/Advertising Sales Manager of Salem Web Network. He has invested the last 25 years in Advertising/Marketing both in the secular business world and (of the last 8 years) in the Christian vertical market with Salem Web. His experience ranges from Outdoor traditional Billboard advertising, Point of Sale merchandising through Digital Engagement via Dedicated solo email, display advertising in email newsletters and on websites as well as pre-roll video, mobile and social media. After years in the secular business world it has been a grateful experience to work with a number of organizations, missions and ministries who are truly partnering for the Kingdom of Christ to share the good news of the gospel and embody what it means to walk in the shadow of Christ with a servants heart. Curtis lives in central Virginia with his wife, three teenagers and two dogs; where he enjoys fishing, motorcycling and basketball. He graduated the University of Kansas with a B.A in Political Science 1988 and is a certified Six Sigma black belt.
Curtis will be leading a session in the Strategy track entitled: “Ministry, Development, The Digital Connection Economy – What’s it mean now?"
Justin Blaney is the #1 bestselling author of 6 books including Evan Burl and the Falling and the photography journal, Fast Wide Open. He heads Inkliss as a critically acclaimed film producer, helping nonprofits and businesses around the world tell their own fairy tales through film. His blogs JustinBlaney.com and I4J.org receive over 100,000 monthly views and he is followed by more than 40,000 on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Youtube. Justin is a doctoral candidate at University of Maryland on Leadership and lives outside Seattle with his wife and three daughters.
Justin will be leading a session in the strategy track entitled: “Using storytelling to accelerate your organization’s objectives”.
Brian “Chip” Tol is the Director of Product Development at Five Q, a leading agency serving nonprofits and ministries. He spearheaded Five Q’s first product, Mighty Metrics, a web analytics tool focused on user behavior tracking. While serving at Five Q, he has has the pleasure of serving ministries like Joni and Friends, The Moody Church, Truth For Life, and Revive Our Hearts. Formerly, he oversaw the BibleGateway.com, and is a graduate of Calvin College. Brian lives in Holland, MI with his better half Amy, and their two children.
Brian will be leading a session in the strategy track entitled “State of the Art Web Analytics: A Tour of the Marketplace”.
Dr. Rebecca Hong has taught both in the K-12 and higher education context and is perpetually intrigued at ways in which faculty can leverage technology to improve their practice. Rebecca believes that all have a desire to know and to be known, whether in-person or online. Based on this truth, her primary research has involved investigating ways in which faculty can leverage social media as a medium to increase students' engagement and in turn, increase learning and achievement through classroom community and a sense of belonging.
Rebecca will be leading a breakout session in the Education track entitled “Distilling Social Media: Leveraging the Good in Twitter to Promote Faculty and Student Interactions”.
Chris has a passion for storytelling and enjoys using digital media to build connections around a message worth sharing. He works for Moody Global Ministries, where he oversees social media and Web content strategy for Moody Radio. He has consulted with and trained a broad range of professionals in social media and Web content strategy, including presentations at the National Religious Broadcasters Digital Media Summit, and Moody Radio's Global Partners Training in Ghana, West Africa. He holds a B.A. in Communications from Moody Bible Institute. He and his wife, Caitlin, live on the north side of Chicago. You can connect with Chris at christopherburdick.com.
Chris will be leading a session in the strategy track entitled “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Simple Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Content”
Tami Heim is the president and CEO of the Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) headquartered in San Clemente, CA. CLA provides leadership training and lifelong learning experiences for the leaders in over 4,500 nonprofit ministries, churches, educational institutions, and businesses.
Heim served as an executive partner in The A Group – Brand Development, executive vice president and chief publishing officer for Thomas Nelson Publishers, and as the president of Borders, Inc. Tami began her professional career with Federated where she served in many different executive leadership positions.
In 2011, she co-authored, @stickyJesus: how to live out your faith online (UMPH 2011).
Tami will be leading a session entitled "The Power of a High-Performing Homebase: How to bring a fully integrated strategy to life online"
Justin teaches organizations how to build their online audience and influence them to take action. As the CEO/Founder of the Wise Group, he speaks on the topic of social media strategy at national conferences such as the NRB Research Symposium, CLA Internet & Ministry Technology Summit, and the Nonprofit Leadership Academy. Justin is also a KAIROS continuing education faculty member at Luther Seminary. Prior to that, he received his Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary. Justin lives in Des Moines, IA (by choice) with his wife and two children. Connect with him at JustinWise.net.
Justin will be leading a session in the Strategy track entitled: "Is It Worth It? How to Start Measuring Social Media Effectiveness in Your Organization.”"
Kent Shaffer is the founder of Open Church, an initiative to help disciples of Jesus collaborate, learn from each other, and share resources. At the core of this collaborative ecosystem is a free, global library of digital content and tools. Kent is also the founder of the website ChurchRelevance.com and has done consulting with ministries such as LifeChurch.tv, Saddleback Church, charity: water, Leadership Network, and OneHope.
Kent will be leading a breakout session in the Theology track entitled "How to increase spiritual fruit in a digital world.
John Mark Reynolds is the provost of Houston Baptist University. Prior to joining HBU, he was the founder and director of the Torrey Honors Institute, and Associate Professor of Philosophy, at Biola University.
John Mark will be leading a session in the education track entitled "Low Hanging Fruit: Three Opportunities and One Apple to Avoid".
Charles Sanger blends his passion for intercultural issues and research, with a career in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and a lifetime devotion to God's Word to move the church forward globally in the 21st century. As Executive Director of Pilotage International (pilotage.org), he lived internationally for over seven years, working with pastors, leaders and millennials in one of the largest international microcosms in the Caribbean. Previously, he spent 20 years managing and teaching Information Technology solutions in Fortune 100 companies. Charles has presented and taught in corporate, academic, conference and church venues in the United States, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. He recently earned his Doctor of Missiology in Intercultural Studies from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN. He writes on these topics on his website CharlesSanger.com and will be publishing on these topics this fall.
Charles will be leading a session in the Theology track entitled Twenty–First Century Discipleship: Following Christ in the Digital Age.
John Edmiston is the CEO of Cybermissions and is a transformational leader involved in developing other leaders both online, in the seminary classroom, and in and face to face mentoring. John has had a deep interest in technology and its uses for the Kingdom of God since the early 90's. He likes to stretch the boundaries of the mind with challenging presentations.
John will be leading a breakout session in the Theology track entitled "Theology of Technology and The HighSpeed, High Diversity Future”
Georgia is the Director of Business Strategy and the Content Strategy & SEO Subject Matter Expert at Five Q. Under her leadership, Five Q clients have expanded their audiences, increased the number of visitors coming to their websites, and increased the average time spent on client websites. Prior to Five Q, she served as the Director of Communications at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI, where she was responsible for developing and managing the 6,000-member church's first Communication Department. She graduated from Biola University with a degree in Business Administration and has a SEO certification from Bruce Clay. Georgia, and her husband, have three children and reside Atlantic, IA.
Georgia will be leading a breakout session in the strategy track entitled "SEO and Social Media: A Marriage of Convenience."
Beau is a strategist at Monk Development where he's helped some of the largest and most influential churches, ministries and non-profits in North America. Beau's passion is to help organizations use digital as a tool to do good, foster community and create meaningful human connection.
AJ is in communications at Monk Development where he helps churches and non-profits all over the nation understand the shifts in digital communications. He was the Communication Director at one of San Diego’s largest churches, where he lead the transition to digital communications. He has practical experience helping organizations translate their vision, values and goals online.
Beau and AJ will be leading a session in the Strategy track entitled: “Human-Centered Content Strategy: Creating Analog Connections in a Digital World.”
Joanne is an Associate Professor in the Biblical and Theological Studies Department at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. She received an MA in Bible Exposition at Talbot School of Theology, and earned her PhD in Practical Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2007. She has authored two books, Knowing Grace: Cultivating a Lifestyle of Godliness and Godly Conversation: rediscovering the Puritan practice of conference. Her involvement in teaching online classes continues to fuel her desire for students to know God more deeply and be transformed by that knowledge.
Joanne will be leading a breakout session in the education track where she will discuss ideas from her forthcoming book Toward Character Formation in Online Classes: A Guide for Professors and Administrators.
|1:00 PM - 5:00 PM||ThinkDigital Academy (Optional, additional cost)|
|7:00 PM - 8:30 PM||Aaron Sams Keynote|
|8:30 AM - 8:45 AM||Welcome and opening prayer|
|8:45 AM - 10:15 AM||Breakout Session 1|
|10:30 AM - 12:00 PM||Breakout Session 2|
|12:00 PM - 1:30 PM||Lunch — Sign up to have lunch with one of the speakers|
|1:30 PM - 3:00 PM||Breakout Session 3|
|3:15 PM - 4:45 PM||Breakout Session 4|
|5:00 PM - 6:30 PM||(Optional) Grab dinner with other conference participants at the Biola cafeteria|
|8:30 AM - 8:45 AM||Opening prayer and announcements|
|8:45 AM - 10:15 AM||Breakout Session 5|
|10:30 AM - 12:00 PM||Breakout Session 6|
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