Just wanted to let you know about a few conferences that I have the pleasure of speaking at over the next few months.
Christian Web Conference – The Virtualization of Culture
April 14-16, 2011 (Los Angeles)
Begun as GodBlogCon back in 2005, CWC has morphed into a great conference that specifically addresses web technology in ministry. Some sessions are how-to’s and others are aimed at more reflective discussion.
I’ll be doing a session called “The Virtualization of Culture” where we’ll talk about how we derive meaning from our interactions with cultural goods (anything from chairs to food to cars to gyms) and how those meanings are reshaped when we move our interactions online. CWC asks speakers to talk for 20 minutes and then open up the room for discussion in the remaining 40 minutes which should be great.
The conferences is only $99, and if you register by Friday it’s only $79!
Exponential Conference – Preaching on the Power and Peril of Technology
April 26-29, 2011 (Orlando)
Exponential is a big church planting conference for pastors looking to start new churches, so most of the speakers are more in the leadership and strategy arena. But they’ve added a media and technology track and I’ll be doing a talk on “Preaching on the Power and Peril of Technology” to help pastors think through areas where they can help guide their congregations on using technology discerningly without relegating it to a specialized talk. I’m really looking forward to their feedback on what’s helpful to them.
ECHO Conference – Helping Your Ministry Understand Technological Change
July 27-29, 2011 (Dallas, TX)
Born here in my hometown ECHO Conference is, as far as I know, the only conference that focuses on church and media. There are lots of great conferences on the broad subject of leadership, but ECHO is really unique in addressing media, technology, and ministry.
Last year, Nathan Smith and I did a technically oriented talk on what ministries need to know about the new buzzword “HTML5,” but this year I’ll be doing something unrelated to web development called “Helping Your Ministry Understand Technological Change.” What I hope to do is give attendees some practical ideas on how to address technological issues (introducing a new technology, parents and kids, etc.) with their ministry staff and the people to whom they minister.
If you’ll be at any of these conferences, be sure to let me know – I’d love to hang out!