2013 Mobile Ministry Consultation Executive Summary

December 9-11, 2013 – Wycliffe Headquarters, Orlando, Florida


“In Uganda, there are more cell phones than light bulbs.”

So said Tomi Ahonen, world’s foremost expert on mobile technology trends in developing nation, at the 2013 Mobile Ministry Consultation. Mobile device technology is changing lives, families, cultures, and nations around the world at a rate that no other technology has in human history.  By 2015, the majority of all Internet access will be through mobile devices. The mobile device presents a unique, two-way communication channel that represents the most important technology available for kingdom advancement. As Tomi shared, “Churches should be a place people come for R & R, redemption and recharging,” referring to the need for people with no access to electricity to recharge their phones.


132 mission strategists representing 85 organizations* participated in the third Mobile Ministry Consultation sponsored by the Mobile Ministry Forum (MMF). Presentations and discussions addressed a wide variety of issues critical to the use of mobile devices in ministry (see topics below).

The Mobile Ministry Forum

The Mobile Ministry Forum (MMF) is a coalition of ministries working towards the goal of giving every unreached person a chance to encounter Christ and His kingdom in a compelling, contextualized fashion through their personal mobile device by 2020.


(Some links are for Google Docs and may require a Google log-in)

Slide Show — A 90-second slide show from the consultation.

Schedule — The detailed program flow.

Notes — Crowd-sourced notes from each session on Google Docs.

Sketchnotes — Visual notes of various sessions.

Glossary — A custom-built glossary of mobile industry terms.

Mobile Ministry Assessment — A 5-minute online assessment of mobile ministry application.

Mobile Ministry Course — The six-week mobile ministry course (online).

Tweets — Read the tweets

Presentation Topics


We Go Where They Are (Cochrum)

ETEN: The Future of the Mobile, Digital Bible (Edwards)

Trends in Digital Religion and Religious App Culture (Campbell)

Making the Move to Mobile (Honsalek)

Faith Comes By Hearing: Digital Bible Platform (Carl)

Strategy Workshops

Church Planting in Difficult Access Nations (Brown)

Transformation-Centered Mobile Ministry (Clark)

Strategy Lessons Learned in Africa and Latin America (Drymon)

Mobile Media Outreach in Difficult Access Nations (Rogers)

Tactics Workshops

How to Create Video from your Mobile (Khazoyan)

Working with a Mobile Vendor (Mike W., panel)

Measuring your Mobile Ministry Progress (Taber)

Mobile Offline and Beyond the Web (Honsalek)

For More Information

For more information, contact members of the steering committee:

Jay ClarkMAF-Learning Technologies

Brian James

Johnathan PulosMissional Digerati

Clyde TaberVisual Story Network

Benjamin TangemanTWR

Keith WilliamsMobile Advance

* This included 28 participants who joined through a paid registration to have interactive, remote access.

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