Digital Ministry Conference

June 2-4, 2015

MinistryStrategyLearning

The Digital Ministry 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: Ministry, Strategy and Learning.

This year we are pleased to have two keynote speakers, Brian Russell and Kyle Kutter, from LifeChurch.tv. Brian is the Director of YouVersion, maker of the Bible App and the Bible App for Kids, installed on more than 170 million devices around the world. His opening keynote is entitled, “The YouVersion Story: How the Bible App Got on to More Than 150 Million Devices Around the World.” Kyle is the director of Open.Church, equipping more than 200,000 churches and church leaders with free resources. His keynote address is entitled, “Leading in the Digerati Age: Fulfilling the LifeChurch.tv Mission.

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When

June 2-4, 2015

Where

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90639

Register

Early-bird registration (until Apr 30): $149
Faculty/Staff/Student Discount: $59
(Includes opening keynote and two days of sessions)

Brian Russell Keynote Only: $29

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Coming from out of town? See our listing of nearby hotels

Contact

For more information or if you want to sponsor/speak at the conference, please contact us at dmc@biola.edu

Video

See videos from our previous conferences on Open Biola: 2012 2013 2014

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Tracks

Ministry

Sessions in the Ministry 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?

Strategy

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.

Learning

Sessions in the Learning 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.

Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Brian Russell

For more than a decade, Brian Russell was active in cross-cultural work and Kingdom business ventures in North Africa. Now Brian is the Director of YouVersion, maker of the Bible App and the Bible App for Kids, installed on more than 170 million devices around the world.

YouVersion is a ministry of LifeChurch.tv, one of the largest churches in the United States, with approximately 70,000 people attending 20 physical locations each weekend. In addition, more than 100,000 attend its online campus every week.

Brian lives with his wife Maureen and their four children in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Kyle Kutter

Serving in the church from a young age, Kyle Kutter has always believed that the local church was truly the hope of the world. When he found that LifeChurch.tv had the same passion for resourcing churches to reach people for Christ, he moved to Oklahoma to lead the newly­formed Church to Church team, one of LifeChurch.tv’s Digital Missions.

Under his direction, the Church to Church Team is equipping more than 200,000 churches and church leaders with free resources through Open.Church, a data­tracking tool called Church Metrics, the all­in­one Church Online Platform, and the HR performance review tool Develop.Me. He also oversees a partnership with text­giving tool Kindrid Smart Giving and builds relationships with hundreds of LifeChurch.tv­partnered Network Churches.

Kyle and his wife Stephanie have been married for 10 years. They live in Edmond, OK with their two little boys, Koen and Kashton, and serve together on staff at LifeChurch.tv.

Session Speakers Include:

  • Amanda Sanchez

    Amanda Sanchez is a pioneering leader in international education whose passion is to see God’s glory fill the earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). As Executive Director of CaCHE Global, she has served alongside a talented team of individuals to help lead CaCHE from concept to implementation. Amanda has a wide range of experience in the education field both domestically and internationally, and she has been involved in a number of curriculum development endeavors, including developing curricula for a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project and the Women Leaders of Tomorrow program for females in Pakistan. She has served as an Associate Editor with Reconsidering Development and also helped to found a grant-funded interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Minnesota. An alumnus of one of the nation’s top graduate school of education, Amanda received her M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, where she studied Educational Policy and Administration with a specialization in Comparative and International Development Education.

  • DJ Chuang

    DJ Chuang is a strategy consultant, currently working with the .BIBLE Top Level Domain Registry. He’s also worked with ministries like Leadership Network, Worship Leader Magazine, American Bible Society, and L2 Foundation. He’s blogged at djchuang.com since 1999 and launched the SocialMedia.Church podcast for conversations with church leaders about social media. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Virginia Tech. He lives in Orange County, California, with his wife Rachelle, and soon to be empty nest as his son Jeremiah enters college this Fall.

  • Haley Veturis

    Haley is the Social Media Manager for Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. A natural­born connector, she is passionate about helping church leaders embrace social media as a core component of church marketing & communications. Haley and her sister, Rochelle Veturis­Coles, Co­Founded The OC Social Media Summit, which quickly birthed The OC Business Summit and The OC Photography Summit. In 2013, she received her Masters in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Theological Seminary. In 2014, Haley co­founded Social Ecclesia and was named one of Christianity Today’s Top 33 Under 33. She enjoys staying active with CrossFit, is passionate about gourmet coffee and loves college football.

  • Carolyn Kim

    Carolyn Mae is an Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional. She is a national speaker who regularly addresses audiences on the topics of social media and digital communication, as well as publishing on the same topics. She received her PhD in communication from Regent University, writing her dissertation on organizational credibility within social media. She received her MA and BA from Biola University.

    She currently is a Biola University faculty member and launched the Public Relations major at Biola, where the number of students doubled under her leadership. Through her mentorship, a student-run firm was launched and received national affiliation within two years. She also worked with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Biola Chapter to gain national attention by serving as a faculty adviser to help student leadership host a Regional Conference on Biola’s campus, helping two students gain a position on the national e-board for PRSSA, and more than tripling the Chapter membership. She received the Award of Excellence for Community Relations and Institutional Programs from the Orange County Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in 2012 for recognition of her work at Biola.

Schedule

Tuesday

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Registration/check-in.
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Pre-keynote reception.
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Keynote: Brian Russell, YouVersion.
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM Dessert reception.
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM Affinity groups.

Wednesday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration/check-in. Conference lounge open.
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Opening announcements, session overviews.
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Exhibitor demos and workshops.
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Keynote: Kyle Kutter, LifeChurch.Open.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch.
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Breakout sessions.
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM Breakout sessions.
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM A night on the town. (details coming soon!)

Thursday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration/check-in. Conference lounge opens.
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Opening announcements, session overviews.
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM Exhibitor demos and workshops.
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Plenary: Launch of new online resource for digital ministry.
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch.
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Breakout sessions.
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM Breakout sessions.
5:00 PM Conference ends.
Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639
1-562-903-6000