2013 MMF Consultation Schedule

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The Mobile Ministry Forum Vision

Establish a mobile ministry movement so that every unreached person will have a chance to encounter Christ and His kingdom in a compelling, contextualized fashion through their personal mobile device by the end of 2020.

Consultation Objectives

  1. Advocate / Catalyze: Challenge and resource those still investigating mobile ministry
  2. Equip: Learn what is being done in the context of mobile ministry. Provide training on specific areas deemed critical (mobile site development, texting ministry, etc).
  3. Collaborate: Establish and deepen relationships with others active in mobile ministry. Create a context for greater partnering. Advance the work of collaborative projects (in-progress and new initiatives)
  4. Anticipate: Identify key trends emerging in the world of mobile technology impacting ministry opportunities.


All sessions in Tboli unless otherwise noted

8:30 am – 11:00 am – Leadership Team Strategy Session (Location TBD)

11:00 am – Conference Team Meeting

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Intro to Mobile Ministry

An introduction to all things mobile: Overview, Definitions, Models, History, Best Practices, etc. ($20 course fee. Please register for the course when registering for the Consultation)

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Registration (Wycliffe lobby)

5:00 pm – Meet and greet

6:00 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm – Welcome (live video feed, recorded)

Welcome, Overview, Introductions (remote attendee participation may be possible, time permitting)

7:30 pm – Overview

MMF Vision & Purpose, MMF Collaboration Results, Information Sharing / Collective Notes

8:00 pm – Why Mobile?

Keynote #1: “We Go Where They Are ” (Ken Cochrum)

9:00 pm – Prayer, MMF Vision

9:15 pm – Finish


All sessions in Tboli unless otherwise noted.

7:00 am – Optional Prayer Time

7:30 am – Breakfast

8:30 am – Prayer & Devotional

9:00 am – Ministry Introductions (live video feed, not recorded)

One minute introductions from each organization present at the consultation (including remote participants from organizations not represented in-person).

10:00 am – Break

10:30 am – Mobile Keynotes with Round Table Sessions (live video feed, recorded)

Keynote #2: “ETEN: The Future of the Mobile, Digital Bible” (Paul Edwards)

Keynote #3: “Trends in Digital Religion and Religious App Culture “ (Heidi Campbell)

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:30 pm – Workshops (live video feed only for workshop held in the main room)

Workshops will be offered by experts on mobile-specific topics to better equip participants in a particular area of mobile ministry. Sessions will be interactive.

Strategy (Tboli)
(live video feed, recorded)
Tactics (Jula)
1:30 pm – 2:10 pm
Church Planting in Difficult Access Nations (Brown) How to Create Video from Your Mobile (Khazoyan)
2:15 pm – 2:55 pm
MAF and Mobile Around the World (Clark) Working With a Mobile Vendor (Mike W, panel)


3:00 pm – Break

3:30 pm – Mobile Project Presentations  (live video feed, recorded)

9 presentations (4 minutes each) of specific mobile ministry projects, products, models, & case studies that inspire and inform participants. Participants can request one of these slots upon registration.

4:15 pm – Collaboration Opportunities (live video feed, recorded)

MMF has a variety of collaborative projects underway or envisioned. Participants will have a chance to join the working group of these projects. Alternatively, new groups could form around areas of common interest based on brainstorming results. Current and potential working group topics will be available from the beginning of the gathering.

Current groups include:

  • Online Mobile Course (six weeks)
  • Introductory Mobile Class (3 hours)
  • Mobile Webinar Series
  • Mobile Story Archiving
  • Content Aggregation
  • Mobiles in Discipleship

5:30 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm – Networking / optional affinity groups / game night


All sessions in Tboli unless otherwise noted.

7:00 am – Optional Prayer Time

7:30 am – Breakfast

8:30 am – Prayer & Devotional

9:00 am – Mobile Keynotes II (live video feed, recorded)

Keynote #4: “Making the Move to Mobile” (Brandon Honsalek)

Keynote #5: “Faith Comes By Hearing: Digital Bible Platform” (Troy Carl)

10:10 am – Break

10:30 am – Panel: What Should Leaders Be Thinking About? (live video feed, recorded)

Antoine Wright, Stefan Dell, Keith Williams, Troy Carl, Rich Lackey

11:15 am – Mobile Strategy Platforms (live video feed, recorded)

TWR360 (Tangeman), Estante (Clark), Ekko (Waid)

11:45 am – Tomi Ahonen (remote presentation)

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:30 pm – Workshops II (live video feed, recorded)

Multiple 40-minute workshops will be offered by experts on mobile specific topics to better equip participants in a particular area of mobile ministry. Only sessions in main room will be available remotely. Sessions will be interactive. (remote participation)

Strategy (Tboli)
(live video feed, recorded)
Tactics (Jula)
1:30 pm – 2:10 pm
Strategy Lessons Learned in Africa and Latin America (Drymon) Measuring Your Mobile Ministry Progress (Taber)
2:15 pm – 2:55 pm
Mobile Media Outreach in Difficult Access Nations (Rogers) Mobile Offline and Beyond the Web (Honsalek)


3:00 pm – Break

3:30 pm – Consultation Summary (live video feed, recorded)

4:30 pm – Departure

Keynote Descriptions

“We Go Where They Are”  (Ken Cochrum) You see the potential for the internet, social media, mobile technology, and other digital innovation to help with the fulfillment of the Great Commission, and you want to be available and used by God to help new movements start and grow. Maybe you’ve heard a few stories, checked out a few resources. But how do you connect with a culture that is native to the digital world?

“Every Tribe Every Nation; Eradicating Bible Poverty” (Gary Nelson) The mission of the Every Tribe Every Nation<sup>&reg;</sup> (ETEN) alliance: Partnering to unleash the life-giving message of God’s Word to all people in their own language and in a format they can engage with so lives can be transformed. And for the first time in history, we have the means to make that goal a reality. Roads and ships, pens and paper have given way to computers, cell phones, tablets, and print on demand. The door is open for the Bible to cause true transformation everywhere.

“Trends in Digital Religion and Religious App Culture” (Heidi Campbell) Dr Campbell will present an overview of notable findings from scholars working in the study of Digital Religion in relation to how people practice religion in digital culture. These observation will be reflect upon in light of systematic survey of religious apps, which seeks to identify trends related key design features and motivations influencing the creation of and user engagement with religious apps.

“Making the Move to Mobile” (Brandon Honsalek) Ready to take your ministry mobile?  Global mobile technology has opened up wide doors to the advancement of the Gospel in just a few short years.  Renew Outreach will share how the Mobile Ministry Forum was the catalyst for their charge through those doors and into development of the LightStream Gospel media distribution system.  Learn how you too can take advantage of offline digital distribution strategies in your own ministry and multiply your impact for God’s Kingdom.

“Faith Comes By Hearing: Digital Bible Platform” (Troy Carl) Faith Comes By Hearing has been a digital innovator on the mobile platform with their very successful Bible.is app as well as the Digital Bible Platform. Hear the story of their digital transition and the resources they now offer.

Workshop Descriptions

“Working With a Mobile Vendor” (Panel: Johnathan Pulos, Matt B, Steve Bissell, Courtney Roes, Moderator: Mike)
In this panel discussion you will learn the process some have gone through to choose a vendor to help develop mobile applications. We will also discuss the value and pitfalls of doing internal development. This session is a must for anyone considering a mobile development project in the near future.

“How to Create Video from Your Mobile” (Tom Khazoyan) Everyone has a mobile device so everyone is a filmmaker. Learn the top 10 tips for shooting on your mobile device.

“Measuring Your Mobile Ministry Progress” (Clyde Taber) Are you making progress in your own use of mobile technology and evangelism and discipleship? How about your team? How about your organization? Learn practical new ways to assess your growth in mobile ministry.

“Piercing the Darkness” (John Brown) From an overview of the ministry of Pamir Productions’ ministry focus on Afghanistan to the nitty gritty of high-touch high-tech follow up and discipleship.

“MAF and Mobile around the World” (Jay Clark) An overview of Mission Aviation Fellowship-Learning Technologies’ mobile ministry with emphasis on the process of using the right technology, with the right methodology, for the right people, and for the right purpose.

“Mobile Media in Difficult Access Nations” (Roger) Hear the story of GLS (God’s Love Story), a visual Bible tool designed for the mobile platform. See how it evolved from a singular evangelistic focus into a helpful discipleship tool too and hear the challenges faced as the target audience moved from a majority of feature phone users to majority smartphone use. Learn the difference between creating active and passive content and ways to determine which content might better fit your target audience.

“Strategy Lessons Learned in Africa & Latin America” (Darcie Drymon) Creating a mobile strategy may feel daunting when mobile technologies are relatively new and rapidly changing. The contexts in which we serve are also extremely diverse. How will you align mobile strategies with user realities? How will you set priorities? How will you decide what to implement in the target community? Examples of mobile strategies implemented in Africa and Latin America will be shared for discussion surrounding these challenges.

“Mobile Offline & Beyond Web” (Brandon Honsalek) This practical, hands-on workshop will introduce you to offline distribution tools and strategies. Learning the technical aspects of offline distribution will empower you to distribute digital media in an offline setting, using your own mobile device or a dedicated tool.