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
Early-bird registration (until Apr 30): $109
Full registration (after Apr 30): $129
Includes Aaron Sams keynote and two days of sessions
Faculty/Staff Discount: $59
Student Discount: $49
Just show your faculty/staff/student ID from any school or university
Aaron Sams Keynote Only: $29
Conference Registration + Workshop: $199
Includes Aaron Sams keynote, two days of sessions, and Think Digital Workshop
Workshop + Keynote Only: $99
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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.
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 and founding team member of Firelamp Media (firelampmedia.com). 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 Expert. 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 expert.
In 2012 Jason Caston authored The iChurch Method Vol 1 (ichurchmethod.com), and followed that up in 2013 with The iChurch Method Vol 2 and How to Get One Million Social Media Fans. Caston takes a technical and strategic approach to helping organizations use technology to advance their online presence using The iChurch Method, a five part approach of websites, multimedia, ecommerce, social media and mobile. In addition to speaking around the world, he is an internet developer at The Potter's House of Dallas.
Caston, a devoted husband and father of two, has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Devry University and a Masters of Business Administration degree (with a concentration in e-Commerce) from Keller Graduate School of Business.
Caston will be leading a breakout session on the Internet Church Campus.
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."
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.
|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|
Learn how to build your online audience and influence them to take action.
In this one-day intensive, led by Think Digital Academy founder and social media strategist Justin Wise, you'll get the social media tools, tips, resources, and tricks you need to build a thriving social media presence your community craves. Learn how to leverage social media to grow your email list, quickly connect with influencers, and build raving fans of your organization. Plus, you'll get done-for-you resources to fast-forward your progress. Make the most of your travel time and budget at biola.digital with this jam-packed one-day intensive.
June 3, 1:00 - 5:00 PM