American film producer Terry Benedict is among an exceptional line-up of digital evangelists from across the globe who will be presenting at the 2023 Digital Discipleship Conference, which runs from May 5-7.
Mr Benedict, co-producer of the Academy Award winning film Hacksaw Ridge, will be the guest speaker at the Saturday evening awards dinner. Other presenters include Justin Khoe, Dr Heather Thompson Day, Colby Maier, Dr Tim Gillespie and Dave Adamson.
This year’s event—to be held at the Novotel Sydney Parramatta—will be the first in-person Digital Discipleship Conference since the pandemic.
Organiser Tim McTernan said it’s exciting to see the return of the conference and especially with such a high calibre of presenters.
“This is an opportunity to learn from some of the best digital discipleship practitioners in the world who are passionate about sharing Jesus,” said Mr McTernan, marketing manager at Adventist Media. “Dave Adamson, for example, has grown and led online communities of more than 80,000 people each week. And Justin Khoe conducts hundreds of Bible studies each month from the online content he creates.
“We know that people are increasingly turning to social media for all types of life questions, including spiritual guidance, so we need to be in this space. Our goal is to encourage and inspire people to use their spiritual gifts to create content, share content and engage with people online.”
Topics to be covered at the conference include: “How to use social media to find people who want a Bible study”, “How to write great content that hooks and holds attention”, “How to build online and offline community” and “How to use social media to create church growth”.
One of the special highlights will be the awards dinner which will acknowledge those—individuals, teams, ministries, churches—who have excelled in digital discipleship. Awards will be presented in a number of categories, including a Digital Discipleship People’s Choice Award.
To register and for more information visit the Digital Discipleship Conference website. Early bird prices are available until February 28.
by Tracey Bridcutt