Digital Discipleship Conference 2019

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Join us for a fun-filled weekend with opportunities for spiritual growth and networking, international and local speakers, idea generation and refinement as well as skill development. You'll feel empowered to return to your church, ministry or personal project and take it to the next level.

Date

5-7 July 2019

Venue

Mantra Legends Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Time

1:00 PM

Speakers

Justin Khoe

That Christian Vlogger

Kristofor Lawson

Journalist, Podcast Producer, and Digital Editor

Jessica Shipton

Digital & Social Media Marketer and Christian Blogger

Lyndelle Peterson

Director of Personal Ministries, Sabbath School and Stewardship, Australian Union Conference

Rachel Lemons Aitken

Digital Discipleship Ministry Founder

Marguerite Samuel

Singer, Conductor, Clinicia

Leslie Samuel

CREATOR OF BECOMEABLOGGER.COM AND BLOGGING WITH LESLIE PODCAST

Adam Kavanagh

Editor/Producer at Adventist Media

Geyvison Ludugerio

Web/Mobile Manager at Novo Tempo

Rome Ulia

Associate School Evangelist for the North NSW Conference

Featuring

Digital Church Check-up

(Pre-Registration Required)

 

The Digital Church Check-up is a weekend-long program that selects 10-15 churches to undergo a feedback process that will review their website, social media and digital discipleship presence.  The purpose is to improve church’s digital presence and it’s discipleship opportunities in the digital space.  Additionally, we aim to help the church identify opportunities to engage additional creatives and techies into the fabric of the church.

This goal aligns with the mission of the Digital Discipleship Ministry to create, inspire, encourage and resource disciples of Jesus Christ to share His love through their creativity and innovation in the digital space.

Applications are open until 1 June 2019.  Click here to apply

Music Composition Workshop

(Pre-Registration Required)

 

Do you have an idea you wish you could turn into a song? Wish you had the tools to make quality music quickly?

In this workshop, Marguerite Samuel, singer, composer and choral director will walk you through the exact steps you should take to go from an idea to a fully composed song. You will discover tools to simplify the songwriting process as well as practical strategies to release your creative potential. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned musician, you will walk away with the confidence to make your musical creations a reality.

 

Schedule

[12:00 – 1:30] – Registration & Networking
[1:30 – 3:00] – Digital Discipleship 2019 Launch
[3:10 – 4:00] – Workshop 1 (see workshop schedule below for descriptions)
[4:10 – 4:50] – Workshop 2 (see workshop schedule below for descriptions)
[5:00 – 6:30] – Dinner provided
[6:15 – 8:00] – Worship & Networking
[8:30] – Closing for the evening

[9:00 – 9:30] – Registration
[9:30 – 11:00] – Combined Session
[11:00 – 11:20] – Morning Tea
[11:20 – 12:50] – Creative Sabbath or Spiritual Growth Workshops or Song Writers Workshops
[1:00 – 2:20] – Lunch
[2:30 – 4:00] – Creative Sabbath or Spiritual Growth Workshops or Song Writers Workshops
[4:00 – 4:30] – Afternoon Tea
[4:30 – 6:00] –
 Combined Session
[6:30 – 7:30] – Marketplace

[9:00 – 9:30] – Registration
[9:30 – 10:40] – Combined Session
[10:45] – Morning Tea
[11:05 – 11:55] – Workshop 3
[12:05 – 12:55] – Workshop 4
[1:00 – 1:45] – Final Session

Workshops

<h3>Friday 5 July 2019</h3>


Intro to Digital Church Checkup: Phase I

Digital Church Checkup

Invitation
Friday - 3:10 - 4:00

Narrative Storytelling in Podcasting

Podcasting

Intermediate
Friday - 3:10 - 4:00

U/X: How to Create User-Centred Products

Graphic Design/Development

Advanced
Friday - 3:10 - 4:00

An Overview of Search Engine Optimisation & Search Engine Marketing

SEO & SEM

Beginning
Friday - 3:10 - 4:00

Simple Set Design for Videos & Church Programs

Painting/Creativity

Beginning
Friday - 3:10 - 4:00

<h3>Friday 5 July 2019</h3>


How to Get Started with Facebook Ad Platform

Facebook Advertising

Beginning
Friday - 4:10 - 5:00

How to Create Digital Transformation in Your Organisation

Digital Transformation

Intermediate
Friday - 4:10 - 5:00

IT Development Workshop

IT/Development

Intermediate
Friday - 4:10 - 5:00

How do you find what makes your church unique and tell that story on video

Videography

Beginning
Friday - 4:10 - 5:00

Music Workshop for Kids

Painting/Creativity

Beginning
Friday - 4:10 - 5:00

<h3>Saturday 6 July 2019</h3>


Session 1: Creative Sabbath Workshops

Photography
Videography
Graphic Design + Creativity
Podcasting/Radio Content
Developer/IT
Painting
Writing
Combo Projects

All Levels
Saturday - 11:20 - 12:50

Session 2A: How to Tell People about Jesus

Faith Sharing

All Levels
Saturday - 11:20 - 12:00

Session 2B: Stewarding Your Online Influence

Stewardship

All Levels
Saturday - 12:10 - 12:50

Session 3: Digital Church Checkup

Digital Church Checkup

Invited
Saturday - 11:20 - 12:50

Session 4: Song Writer's Workshop

Fundamentals of Songwriting

Invited
Saturday - 11:20 - 12:50

<h3>Saturday 6 July 2019</h3>


Session 1: Creative Sabbath Workshops

Photography
Videography
Graphic Design + Creativity
Podcasting/Radio Content
Developer/IT
Painting
Writing
Combo Projects

All Levels
Saturday - 2:30 - 3:50

Session 2: Networking

Networking

All Levels
Saturday - 2:30 - 3:50

Session 3: Digital Church Checkup

Digital Church Checkup

All Levels
Saturday - 2:30 - 3:50

Session 4: Song Writer's Workshop

Music

Invited
Saturday - 2:30 - 3:50

<h3>Sunday 7 July 2019</h3>


How to build engaging relationships using digital media

Digital Relationship Building

Beginning
Sunday - 11:05 - 11:55

What's Working Now in Social Media Marketing

Social Media

Advanced
Sunday - 11:05 - 11:55

Behind the Viral Video

All Levels
Sunday - 11:05 - 11:55

From Record to Playout

Videography

Beginning
Sunday - 11:05 - 11:55

<h3>Sunday 7 July 2019</h3>


Art

Art/Creativity

Beginning
Sunday - 12:05 - 12:55

Guided Coaching Session

Ministry Development

Intermediate
Sunday - 12:05 - 12:55

Hybrid of Digital & IRL Evangelism Model

Evangelism

Intermediate
Sunday - 12:05 - 12:55

Building an Engaged Audience/Distribution Models for Podcasts

Podcasting & Audience Development

Advanced
Sunday - 12:05 - 12:55

Details

Food

Photo by Brenan Greene on Unsplash

Your ticket fee will include:

  • Friday Evening: Dinner
  • Saturday: Morning & Afternoon Team, Lunch
  • Sunday: Morning Tea

*Breakfast can be included for $20 per person, per day, for residents of the Mantra Legends hotel.

**You are encouraged to network and find dinner in the local area on Saturday evening at one of the local restaurants.

Accomodation

Mantra Legends Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

– 30km from Coolangatta Airport
– 100m from Surfers Paradise beach
– 80km from Brisbane International Airport
– 100m to shops, restaurants and cafes
– 200m to Cavill Avenue (main street of Surfers Paradise)

$130/night for the duration of the Conference.  After your ticket has been purchased, you will receive instructions on how to book the hotel at the discounted rate.

*Breakfast can be included for $20 per person, per day, for residents of the Mantra Legends hotel.

The Mantra Legends Hotel, where the event is being held, is now fully booked.  We recommend that you use a service like Wotif, LastMinute or AirBnB to find accomodation in the area.  For reference, the address of the Mantra Legends Hotel is: 25 Laycock Street, Surfer’s Paradise, QLD 4217 

Transport

Photo by Avery Steadman on Unsplash

– 30km from Coolangatta Airport
– 80km from Brisbane International Airport

Parking

Photo by Rokas Niparavičius on Unsplash

Car parking is available at Mantra Legends Hotel but is subject to availability due to the limited number of spaces. Conference delegates may use the hotel car park at a cost of $15.00 per car per day (discounted from $20.00 per car per day). When arriving at Hotel, firstly register with Reception and leave luggage at Concierge prior to parking your car. Please note, the hotel does not offer valet parking. Please note that these prices and details are subject to change without notice

Testimonials

I believe that Digital Discipleship has been something not like anything our church has ever done.

It’s progressive and has been more relevant than anything else (besides Road To Bethlehem). It is bringing people together and collaborating with the younger generations of our church. 

-Kym Piez

I was inspired by the 2017 DDC to found a Facebook page dedicated to creating content, sharing content, and inspiring others to create content to share the Gospel. 

I have had personal testimonies of people seeing one of the videos and beginning conversation with a local Christian that they know. I think that is the way that Digital Discipleship needs to go forward.

It is the most vital space for evangelism because the screen has become the window through which outsiders view the church. 

I am so grateful for the work that has been done in the digital sphere because it is where the people of today are. Christians are called to make disciples as the go on their life journey.

And if Digital Discipleship is not invested in, the 3 billion people on Facebook may not be reached by the church. 

-Lachlan Harders

The 2017 Digital Discipleship Conference was an excellent networking opportunity for the church’s Faith FM radio ministry. 

It connected me with people who have given me helpful advice with some of our digital technology decisions.  I enjoyed the breadth of the conference.  I also enjoyed the surprise/impromptu software developers workshop that popped-up at the last minute. 

Since last year’s conference, I have appreciated the Slack-discussion-platform that was launched.  While I have not had time to personally contribute much to the conversation, the conversations that others have been having have helped shaped my thinking.

-Michael Engelbrecht

Digital Discipleship is the most innovative thing that the Adventist Church is currently doing within Australia.  

As a technologist who has worked in large Global Christian Organisations I have seen the benefit of engaging the wider community through digital. It was clear to me that the Adventist Church was significantly lagging behind.  Looking for ways to begin that change was difficult in a volunteer and limited capacity.  

However, through the work of the Digital Discipleship Conferences and networks it is opening the door for the creatives, technologists and professionals to get involved in areas that we already see working outside of the church.

Practically, I have been part of an online forum that allows for the sharing and collaboration of ideas, projects and content, that would have otherwise sat in the silo of a local church.  This group is not bound by geography, conference boundaries or the local church.  It allows for isolated people to connect and be encouraged by others and feel part of that global community. I have been able to meet people, both online and at digital conferences that have shared passion and vision to share ideas and look at creating innovative ways to connect with people.  

The passive, non-threatening nature of digital will enable wider reach then traditional tract and speaker-based evangelism, but we still are only beginning the digital journey.  It is such a critical time, where we are already lagging the culture around us, but we must learn to speak in relevant and modern ways to the people who need the gospel most. We do that thorough levering all aspects of digital, including social networks, Big data analysis, and creative content.

-Justin Boyd

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