MMF Consultation 2013

Wycliffe, Orlando, FL
December 9-11, 2013

The MMF Consultation is the key gathering  for people interested in learning how to use mobile technology for the kingdom!  Our prayer is to 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!

Program: The 2013 Mobile Ministry Forum Consultation will meet at Wycliffe Bible Translator headquarters in Orlando, Florida, from Monday, December 9 (5:00 pm) to Wednesday, December 11 (4:30 pm). The format includes TED-style presentations, discussion, ministry field reports, workshop breakouts and networking time. The complete schedule is now available.

Consultation Objectives:

  1. Advocate / Catalyze: Challenge and resource the Church towards investigating and initiating mobile ministry
  2. Equip: Resource the Church with the knowledge and tools needed for implementing 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 and leverage emerging trends and technologies with potential impact on future ministry opportunities.

Participants: Leading thinkers and practitioners from diverse organizations will gather.  We expect more than 100 leading mobile ministry innovators to join us this year.  Remote participants will be able to receive a live feed for the main sessions.

History: The first Mobile Ministry Forum Consultation was held in Ringold, VA., in December, 2010 and drew 16 mission strategists representing 15 organizations. This gathering grew out of an increasing interest in the mobile device and its implications for Great Commission ministry. A second consultation took place in Waxhaw, NC., in December, 2011 involving 50 participants.  The third consultation took place at Wycliffe Bible Translators in December 2012 with 119 participants from 57 organizations.  Here is the 2012 Consultation Summary. Here is a slide show from the 2012 consultation. A number of collaborative projects have been launched as a result of these consultations.


Venue: Wycliffe Headquarters

11221 John Wycliffe Boulevard
Orlando, Florida, 32832

Fee: The consultation fee is $230.  Early registration is $200 (ends September 25). This includes meeting expenses, meals (Monday dinner through Wednesday lunch), and snacks.  This does not include housing.  Remote participant fee: $25 ($20 through 9/25).  Please register and pay online here.

Orientation: An optional introductory session for those new to mobile ministry is offered Monday afternoon, December 9 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  This training includes an overview of mobile ministry, key definitions, models, history, best practices, etc.  Fee: $20.

Housing: Limited housing is available on-site for $35 per night in the Wycliffe apartments on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of the limitations, all housing apartments must be shared.  Wycliffe has two-bedroom (a queen and two twins) and three-bedroom (a queen and four twins) apartments. Unless traveling with a spouse, we are unable to guarantee roommate requests, but will do our best to accommodate the requests made. We are leaving bed selection to each apartment’s lodgers upon arrival (the early bird gets the queen?).  A few rooms are available before and after the event for those who wish to extend their stay.  Housing must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Booths: A limited number of promotional spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  For $175, your organization will have access to a 4 x 8 table on throughout the consultation.

Refunds:   Prior to September 27 (100%), prior to October 18 (75%), prior to November 8 (50%),  after November 8 (0%).


Air: For those flying in, use the Orlando International Airport (MCO).  We ask that every participant attend the entire consultation, for the sake of community and continuity (please do not book departing flights before 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday)

Shuttle: We have arranged a low-cost alternative shuttle from the Orlando (MCO) airport.  For $__, a two-way shuttle can be reserved.  We are not able to accommodate one-way shuttles only.   This is substantially less than a taxi ($70 round trip) or car rental.

Diamond Cab $35-40 one-way (Ouch!) 407-523-3333.

Car Rental: You can rent your own at the airport.

Keynote Presenters:

heidi-campbell-2011Heidi Campbell: Heidi Campbell is Associate Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University where she teaches in media, religion and culture, and is Director of the Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies. She is author of Exploring Religious Community Online (Peter Lang, 2005) and When Religion Meets New Media (Routledge 2010) and editor of Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media World (Routledge 2013). She is widely published and has been quoted as an expert on religion and the internet in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and on the BBC Radio World Service.

TroyCarlTroy Carl: Troy Carl brings a strategic understanding of how to employ Internet and mobile technology in the service of God’s Kingdom. He manages a team of 54 professionals across multiple divisions including, fundraising/development, marketing/communications, and digital technologies. Troy has sought out and developed Bible engagement campaigns that use state-of-the-art tools to bring people closer to God. He and his wife Cynthia are blessed with two grown, married children, and one grandson.

Ken Cochrum Photo 2.jpgKen Cochrum: Ken and his wife Ann have invested the majority of their 27 years on Cru staff in helping grow student-led movements. Ken currently serves as Vice President for Global Digital Strategies; his team provides spiritual and strategic leadership in digital strategies for the global movement. They recently founded, a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital means.  He served as campus director, regional director and national campus director of Asia Impact before returning to the United States in 2007 to serve with CCC’s Global Executive team.

Paul EdwardsPaul Edwards: Paul Edwards is Vice President for Strategic Thinking at Wycliffe Bible Translators USA. Previously, Paul served as executive director for Wycliffe’s Last Languages Campaign, a 10-year drive to raise the people, prayer and finances to start the remaining translations of scripture. Paul serves on the administrative committee for the Every Tribe Every Nation alliance. He has held senior leadership roles with Prison Fellowship Ministries, Promise Keepers, HIM, Reebok CCS, Stanford University and Stanford Medical Center, and currently chairs the board for Discover the World. He and Jeannie live in Denver and just celebrated 35 years of marriage. They have three children, each pursuing careers in the performing arts.

BrandonBrandon Honsalek: Brandon heard the Lord’s call to leave his career as a trial attorney and got plugged in with Renew Outreach, an innovator in technology for missions. As CIO and General Counsel for Renew, Brandon draws from his IT experience prior to entering the legal field to help lead Renew’s push towards mobile media offline distribution strategies and equipment. Brandon’s team is responsible for the development of Renew’s latest flagship missions technology tool, the LightStream Gospel media distribution system.

Workshop Presenters:

Steve BissellSteve Bissell: Steve serves as Executive Director of Kolo Group, a non-profit formed to foster collaboration as Technology and Business are integrated with traditional Mission in responding to the Great Commission.  Steve is a Technology and Operations Consultant providing computer engineering, business operations, and program management consulting to leaders of businesses and organizations.  He has held executive leadership positions in companies ranging from start-ups to major corporations while engaging in mission work in Africa.

John BrownJohn Brown: John has ministered most of his life in South and Central Asia. He cut his mission teeth on the Ganges plains and in more recent years has been involved in hands-on ministry in Afghanistan. Currently he serves in a ministry led by Afghans, reaching Afghans in Afghanistan and around the world through media.

Matt BrubakerMatt Brubaker: Matt is the Director of Jesus Film Media, the digital expression of The JESUS Film Project. He and his team lead the digital strategies for JFP with the goal of helping everyone everywhere hear Jesus speak their heart language. Matt also serves as the Chief Digital Strategist for The Kolo Group, where he helps to consult and lead projects for ministries transitioning to digital tools and strategies. He currently lives in Orlando, FL with his wife Katie and two Children, Micah (4) and Hannah (3).

jayJay Clark: Jay focuses on Mobile Initiatives in the Learning Technologies division at Mission Aviation Fellowship. MAF-LT offers educational and technical expertise to ministries reaching isolated pastors and church leaders. Jay is the product manager for Estante, an Android digital library tool developed by MAF-LT. Jay has a background in modern web development and technical writing and currently enjoys mobile web development. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and mountain biking or snow skiing.

Darcie DrymonDarcie Drymon: Darcie serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators, an organization whose vision is that God’s Word is accessible to all people in the language of their heart. She provides computer support to language teams as well as facilitate training for the use of mobile devices for Scripture distribution and use. She has field experience in Asia, Australia, Africa and the Americas, and when not overseas she is at the JAARS Center in NC in her other role as trainer/facilitator preparing new members for partnering on multi-cultural teams.

TK_France_2010_smTom Khazoyan: Tom began his career on the production side of the film and television business. He is an award-winning producer, director, cameraman, and editor. He has produced projects ranging from television commercials to documentaries to dramatic films in over 30 countries. Since 1998 he has served as a missionary filmmaker with Pioneers. In 2005, Tom co-founded 10X Productions for the production of a motion picture, “The Enemy God.” In 2012, 10X Productions formed a strategic relationship with International Media Ministries based in Spain. The focus of this ministry is to work collaboratively with filmmakers in other countries to produce visual stories and to empower emerging filmmakers in other cultures with the goal to see people of all nations experience a life-change in Christ through the influence of visual media.

Clyde Taber HeadshotClyde Taber: Clyde leads the Visual Story Network, a coalition of 200 organizations and 1400 visual communicators working to expand a global movement of visual story so everyone has the opportunity to encounter Jesus and His kingdom.  From 2000 – 2006 he developed new media for the JESUS Film Project including “Magdalena: Released from Shame,” the Damah Film Festival, and “JESUS: Fact or Fiction?”  Prior to this he directed the campus ministry in Paris, France and coordinated the campus work of Campus Crusade for Christ throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Brian James: Brian serves with Frontiers, an organization whose vision is to, “with love and respect, invite all Muslim peoples to follow Jesus.” He worked in business & I.T. consulting for nearly 10 years before moving to Central Asia, where he was involved in church planting efforts for 12 years before returning to the U.S.  In addition to completing a degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, he has been working for the past several years on a team that is helping his organization, and others, apply knowledge stewardship (management) principles & practices to mission.  His current focus is on the use of mobiles & media in ministry to Muslim peoples.

Roger: Roger is a media producer with Stories of Life, the producers of GLS (God’s Love story), a mobile ministry evangelism and discipleship tool designed for the Middle Eastern mindset.

Questions: Contact Emily Farrand at

About the Consultation: “The content was exceptionally good and I’m still amazed at the quality of the participants and the key ministries represented.   Of all the different conferences I attended this year–and I do this a lot–yours was overall the most valuable experience (especially pound for pound!)”  Tom Watkins, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships, TWR