April 17-18, 2015
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 2015 Mobile Ministry Forum Consultation will meet in Zelhem, Holland from Friday, April 17 (8:00 a.m.) to Saturday, April 18 (4:30 pm). The format includes TED-style presentations, discussion, ministry field reports, workshop breakouts and networking time. Here is the work-in-progress schedule (Google doc may require log-in). You can see photos from the last gathering here.
Products / Case Studies: We have a limited number of slots available for 3-minute presentations of specific mobile ministry products & case studies. Do you have something that you could present that would instruct, inspire or equip participants in the mobile ministry space? If so, fill out this proposal form and we’ll get back to you.
Booths: A limited number of promotional spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Booth fees are $75. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Advocate / Catalyze: Challenge and resource the Church towards investigating and initiating mobile ministry.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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 hope to have 100 leading mobile ministry innovators to join us this year both in-person and remotely. 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. The fourth consultation took place in Orlando at Wycliffe with 132 participants from 85 organizations. Here are the executive summaries from 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Venue: De Betteld – Zelhem, Holland.
- Remote Participant: $25. Live Internet video access to 15 main sessions (limited to the first 25 who register and pay).
- Early Registration: $75 (single) / $110 (couple) (through February 13, 2015).
- Normal Registration: $95 (single) / $140 (couple) (February 14 – March 3, 2015)
- Late Registration: $120 (single) / $180 (couple) (April 4, 2015).
- Student: $40 (student). Write to Jaime at email@example.com for this price.
- Roma Partnership One Day Fee: $50. This is for Roma partnership participants who may wish to join us on Saturday, April 18 only since their partnership meeting will be on Friday.
The consultation fee does not include housing. Like EMDC, we keep costs as low as possible to allow a larger number of participants. Though shorter than EMDC, the MMF Consultation is more expensive. The majority of the consultation team volunteers their time, but we have found a few roles are key to remunerate. EMDC is large enough to receive free meeting space whereas we are not eligible (meeting room costs alone are €1,510). We are making our “work-in-progress” operating budget available here (Google doc may require a log-in) for anyone wishing to understand our costs.
EMDC: We strongly encourage participants to consider the Eurasia Media and Distribution Consultation (email: firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the password protected site) held April 13-16 at the same venue.
One-time site use fee (wifi, towels, linens): €21,50
Single room in a shared chalet: €52,50
Double room shared in a shared chalet: €45
Single small room with a bunk bed in a shared chalet: €45
Room in the Inn with four bunk beds: €32,50
Housing rate includes one night’s housing and dinner, breakfast, lunch and coffee/tea breaks. Housing will be booked directly with De Betteld. Go to the registration site to register. There you will find the link to secure housing.
Refunds: Through February 14: 75%. Through March 14: 50%. After March 14 : 0%.
Air (arrival): The venue is two+ hours from Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport) or Dusseldorf International Airport. It is important that you determine to arrive on the designated arrival dates early enough to get to the venue.
Air (departure): Trains from Doetinchem commence at approx 6:00 am. We may have a bus depart straight to Schiphol Airport for an additional fee (to be determined once registrations start coming in).
Ground: The nearest town to the venue is Zelhem. The nearest train access to Zelhem is the town of Doetinchem. Participants are asked to make their way to Doetinchem from whichever hub they are flying in to. Doetinchem is accessible from any of the major airports via Arnhem by train. The conference center, De Betteld, will operate a shuttle bus from the town of Doetinchem. It is very important that you include your arrival information when you register (you may log-in at a later date if you don’t have that available upon registration.
Keynote Presenters: (additional names will be added as they are confirmed)
Tomi Ahonen: Tomi is a consultant, motivational speaker and author of twelve bestselling books on mobile, already into multiple printings and translated into several languages. Tomi’s books and theories are quoted in over 120 published books by his peers. The former Nokia executive lectures at short courses at Oxford University and is regularly quoted in the press in over 400 articles published in over two dozen languages on all six inhabited continents. Tomi is often seen on TV talking about mobile and digital trends and has been seen at over 250 conferences on over 80 cities in over 50 countries attended by a cumulative audience of over 100,000 people. His reference list includes most major tech companies in the Fortune 500 including China Mobile, Google, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, LG, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, RIM and SK Telecom.
Carol and Calvin Conkey: Calvin and Carol are the Founders and International Coordinators of Create International, a global ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) focused on producing effective media resources for unreached people groups. Since 1979 they have served as full-time media missionaries, producing hundreds of audio-visual resources and ministering in over fifty nations. They serve on several YWAM leadership teams, including the University of the Nations College of Communication, International Frontier Missions, and Contextual Resources, as well as co-ordinate the Global Media Network with the Call2All campaigns.
Wayne Dye: Wayne has been a missiology consultant with SIL for 45 years, at first part time while he translated the Bible in Papua New Guinea and then full time. Soon after earning a PhD at Fuller Seminary School of Inter Cultural Studies, Wayne became SIL’s first Scripture Engagement consultant. Wayne and his wife Sally have trained missionaries in many countries in cross-cultural communication, Scripture engagement, and other aspects of missiology. Wayne teaches full time at GIAL (the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics.) His current passion is the phenomenal opportunity being provided by the worldwide adoption of smartphones.
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.
Jill McKinnon: In the middle of a New Year’s eve party the Lord called Jill to reach nomads with the Gospel. Since arriving in Chad in ’96 it has been a journey of discovery, finding ways to share the Good News with illiterate nomadic Arabs who travel up and down the eastern side of this dry land, living largely as Abraham did, with the exception that many have their smart phones for company.
Frank Preston: Frank is a veteran missionary whose current role is assisting organizations develop media strategies that lead to Church Planting Movements (CPM). He writes for the blog media2movements.org. Having obtained his PhD researching how Jihadis use media for “high risk recruitment,” he applies these principles in the expansion of the kingdom of God.
Mark Taylor: Mark is one of the world’s oldest digital natives, fascinated by technology ever since digital watches first blinked red. 40 years in Africa as a policeman, banker, then pastor for 20 years, he loves combining digital media with biblical truth into ‘digital mission’. In OneSheep his leadership and
management experience across missions and cultures on three continents helps digital media partnerships make a better Kingdom difference.
Keith Williams: Keith is a member of the MMF Steering Team and serves as Director of Mobile Advance (www.mobileadvance.org), an initiative of WEC International. In his role Keith has assisted in the implementation of mobile ministry initiatives in approximately 30 countries and has helped in the development, testing and promotion of new mobile ministry approaches. Keith served as a field worker and team leader in the Arab world for a decade prior to launching Mobile Advance.
Marc van der Woude: Marc is a Dutch innovation consultant and online strategist. His passion is to help social and business entrepreneurs and organizational leaders to innovate, think out of the box, solve problems, improve their products and services, and make the world a better place.
Workshop Presenters: (additional names will be added as they are confirmed)
Jay Clark: Jay is a member of the MMF Steering Team and focuses on Mobile and Digital Content Projects in the Tech Resources division at Mission Aviation Fellowship. MAF 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. 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 Drymon: Darcie Drymon serves with the Seed Company, an affiliate of Wycliffe Bible Translators, whose vision is to see God’s Word transforming lives in every language in this generation. Her role is to help field teams leverage technology to sustain and improve the pace, quality, and impact for translation projects. She also serves as facilitator/coach, preparing new missionaries for working on multi-cultural teams.
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Marguerite Inescoe: Marguerite had a 12 year career in workplace learning and performance before transitioning to inbound marketing. She started as a corporate sales trainer in a call-center and transitioned to a consultant for a training and consulting company. In that role she had the opportunity to work inside numerous organizations ranging from non-profits, to government, and DOD. Half way through her career Marguerite started doing free-lance work producing marketing tools such as websites and social media for her employer and other small business owners. In January 2012 Marguerite founded the marketing agency, ReLaunchU, for the express purpose of providing online marketing services for business to business service based companies.
Brian James: See above.
Nancy Keel: Nancy is the wife of Stephen Keel, founder of Kiosk Evangelism. He pioneered mobile technology from 2008 to 2011 and was instrumental in founding the Mobile Ministry Forum (MMF). After his death in 2012, Nancy continued pioneering and promoting mobile ministry in India, Africa, and South America using offline distribution. Her website, BibleTransmission, has links to over 1,600 audio Bibles available for free download. She currently distributes Gospel media via mobile ads directly to developing nations.
Paul Konstanksi: His work as a project specialist with Cru has given himl a wide-spread exposure to a variety of approaches in ministry in many different settings. These experiences, combined with his unique blend of administrative skills and creativity have often helped him lead people to think “outside the box.” He has a degree in Leadership Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota, has been a lifelong learner of new technologies, and has always been an advocate of the key principles called the “lean start-up.”
Keith Williams: See above.
Questions: For questions about registration or housing contact Jaime Chambers at email@example.com.
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