Mobile Ministry Forum (Recap 2)

Kent Shaffer —  December 12, 2013

At the Mobile Ministry Forum, over 100 leaders gathered to discuss what is next in mobile ministry. Here are highlights from the 3rd day.

Panel: What should leaders be thinking about?

Keith W. // WEC

  1. Make sure your grand planning and strategies are biblical both in means and ends. Sift through what you hear others say as a Berean would. If your strategy requires locking the Bible behind a firewall in order to ensure your ministry is sustainable then you are seeking first all those other things and trusting the Kingdom will follow. Jesus didn’t tell His disciples to go out and make sure they had a sustainability plan. Jesus told His disciples to go out and preach the gospel in every town and, actually, make sure they weren’t sustained no extra purse or clothes. Depend on Him. I encourage you to consider if your ministry is in any way crimping the sharing of God’s Word in order to ensure the provision of all these other things that God promised to those who would seek first His Kingdom.
  2. Don’t focus on the technology. It is what it affords and what it enables. At the end of the day, mobile technology affords mobility. How do we maximize mobility that stays with us?
  3. Focus less on what you can produce on the mobile and more on what you can enable others to do with the mobile.

Antoine Wright // Mobile Ministry Magazine

  1. Information is not transformation.
  2. An application is not a strategy. A service layer is not a strategy. An API is not a strategy. These are roads. If you aren’t following the tenents of your mission and vision, then you will fail. Your mission and vision is where your strategy lies.
  3. There is nothing new to being mobile with your faith. In Exodus, God said build me a mobile tabernacle. All you are doing is changing it from being done with wood, metal, or radio signals and making it pixels. Find how to be led by God. There you will find success.

Stefan Dell // Cru

  1. Are we considering the vision? Is the vision the thing that is driving us?
  2. Keep the main thing the main thing.
  3. Think about the strategy. So the person reads the Bible and then what next? And what next? And what next?
  4. As leaders in the technology space, we need to engage this space.
  5. Do not be hesitant to make a decision because you want all the facts. As a leader make a decision now based on the best information you have because technology will not wait for you.

Troy Carl // Faith Comes By Hearing

  1. Be careful that you don’t believe your own rhetoric. Don’t assume. Understand. The database doesn’t lie, but we can have misconceptions. What was true 3 years ago isn’t necessarily true today.
  2. Look for people that don’t know what they are not supposed to do. These are the people you want on your team.
  3. Get a small win under your belt early on. This earns credibility particularly if you aren’t in a particular place of leadership.
  4. Bring other people into your success.

Rich Lackey // Arab World Media

  1. Consider how we craft our message. Our audience is the customer, and we need to serve the customer. Is what we offer speaking to the needs of our audience.Are we creating content that speaks to our audience or are we creating content for ourselves? Addressing people on an emotional level is much more engaging than cognitive.
  2. Think about user experience. Taking big screen content and making it fit on a mobile screen isn’t the right approach. mobile is a different experience.
  3. Think about marketing. Often people think of this a promoting, but actually marketing is about connecting with the audience and engaging with them. In church planting, these are the people of peace. Do not forget to get feedback so that you can refine your marketing.

Tomi Ahonen // Forbes #1 Influencer in Mobile

40% of United States phone users do not have a smartphone. Do not let your church start with a smartphone app. That is not very Christian. Why restrict access to those who can’t afford a smartphone? The Bible says how you treat the least of these is how you treat God.

Kraft Foods has a great mobile strategy. Leave no phone behind. That is why they start with SMS and mobile friendly sites.

Troy Carl // Faith Comes By Hearing

Why are internet statistics important? Because they help us make operational decisions.

You want to build for the future not the now. Go to where things are headed.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is backed by companies that benefit from it. They have one initiative – put a cell phone in every person’s hand by 2015. In certain regions, Samsung sells a $50 Android phone with a solar panel on back because groups subsidize phones to accelerate growth.

Very soon 50% of the world’s mobile users will be in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. This also happens to be where many of the top fastest-growing Christian countries are.

Kent Shaffer

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One response to Mobile Ministry Forum (Recap 2)

  1. Warm Greetings from Bangladesh and thankful to you all. It was a great live gathering for advancing the kingdom through technology. I thank God for MMF as I have participated from Bangladesh.
    I believe that God is using and will use the technology for his kingdom and glory. I ask God to touch Bangladesh by using these and request you to pray for Bangladesh. I wish all the best and his grace and leading in this regard.
    Every Blessing
    Zakir Ahmed
    Bangladesh