Founded in March 2006 by Kent Shaffer, Church Relevance explores the intersection of theology and methodology – what we do vs what Christ said.


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Kent Shaffer – Founder

I live in an RV with my wife and 2 kids. It’s part of my work with Open Church – an initiative to help disciples of Jesus collaborate, learn from each other, and share resources. At the core of this collaborative ecosystem is a free, global library of digital content and tools. I also co-founded a design and marketing firm, launched and sold a few tech startups, and gave strategic counsel to groups such as LifeChurch.tv, Saddleback Church, charity: water, Leadership Network, and OneHope. My ministry roots began as a missionary’s kid in Peru and evolved into 10+ years of youth and children’s ministry at Church on the Move, LifeChurch.tv, and Frontline Church. Kent’s Social Media: Facebook / LinkedIn / Twitter

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Kent’s ideas have also been shared via:

  • 2014-06 speaker // Biola Digital Conference (La Mirada, CA) // “How to increase spiritual fruit in a digital world”
  • 2014-02 interview // Social Media Church Podcast // “Kent Shaffer of ChurchRelevance.com and OpenChurch.com: Episode 76″ by DJ Chuang (link)
  • 2012-06 interview // Lancaster Newspaper // “Burgeoning LCBC makes list of top-ranked churches” (link)
  • 2011-10 interview // The Techology Show Podcast // “Episode 129 – Kent Shaffer and OpenChurch.com” (link)
  • 2011-08 interview // Church Marketing Sucks // “Open Church: Let’s Share” by Kevin Hendricks (link)
  • 2011-08 interview // The Houston Chronicle // ”Lineup, details still iffy for Perry prayer rally at Reliant” by Joe Holley (link)
  • 2011-05 interview // The Houston Chronicle // “Second Baptist holds Easter flashmob dance on Discovery Green” by Kate Shellnut (link)
  • 2010-12 interview // Church Marketing Sucks // “Kent Shaffer: Stats, Progress & Christmas” by Kevin Hendricks (link)
  • 2010-12 interview // Life in Student Ministry // “How youth ministry has changed in 10 years” (link)
  • 2010-11 interview // The Dallas Morning News // “Dallas-area churches are tending to their flocks the new-media way” by Marc Ramirez (link)
  • 2010-10 speaker // Internet Ministry Conference (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • 2010-04 interview // Ron Edmondson // “10 Questions With Leader Kent Shaffer: Church Relevance” (link)
  • 2010-04 interview // The Houston Chronicle // “11:11 and other weird times Texas churches are choosing for worship” by Kate Shellnut (link)
  • 2010-02 interview // Church Marketing Sucks // “What Do You Do When Your Church Is Attacked in the Media?” by Kevin Hendricks (link)
  • 2009-12 article // Catalyst // “Developing Effective Leaders” (link)
  • 2009-10 speaker // Cultivate Conference (Chicago, IL)
  • 2009-04 interview // Media Bleep // “Video: Kent Shaffer on relevant SEO for churches.” by Cleve Persinger (link)
  • 2008-12 interview // Church Mag // “A Chat with Kent Shaffer from ChurchRelevance.com” by John Saddington (link)
  • 2008-10 speaker Internet Ministry Conference (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • 2008-09 speaker MinistryCOM (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • 2007-09 speaker Internet Ministry Conference (Grand Rapids, MI)