In addition to presenting a keynote address on mobile ministry at the 2014 EMDC Conference myself and two others from the Mobile Ministry Forum steering team, Darcie Drymon and Brian James, were given the challenge of conducting a four day training on mobile media production and distribution as one of the pre-EMDC training tracks.

It was exciting to take sixteen students from varying media backgrounds and introduce them to the potential of mobile media and walk them through the production and distribution process. A number of media pieces were produced by the end of the four days and one student who had shared how he never felt able to develop story ideas prior to the training is now well on his way to developing and filming three scripts that he is writing.

Not wanting to leave the training only to those able to attend the course I have uploaded my training slide decks and share them below for any of you who would like to grow in your ability to produce and distribute media with/for mobile devices as well as for those of you who might be wanting to train others to do that.

1- Introduction

2- Mobile Ministry Overview

3- Mobile Media in Ministry Strategy

9- The Media Production Process and Video Story-Concept Development

10- Story Development Exercise and Everything You Need to Know About Shots

11- Mobile Video Recording & Interview/Talking Head Video Production

13- Apps for Mobile Media Production

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I was privileged to be asked to share on mobile ministry at the recent EMDC conference in Thailand and wanted to share that here as I feel like it was a message not just for that group but for the wider missions world as well.

I am blessed to serve on the Mobile Ministry Forum steering team and our vision (see below) is one that I believe echoes the heart of God, needs to be considered by the Church collectively, and is worth working strategically and collaboratively towards. I hope you find the time to be challenged and encouraged by what was shared:

EMDC Mobile Ministry Plenary from Keith Williams on Vimeo.

Apologies for the less than ideal audio quality. The audio recording was done at a table approximately 30 feet from where I was presenting and there is also a fair bit of audience noise for the first 3-4 minutes. I had to cut approximately 11 minutes out from the presentation due to security concerns. You can view and download the slides here.

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***UPDATED 6/25/2014***

Having compiled a database of nearly ten thousand media resources from over 500 websites in the last three years here's a list of the top 20 sites I'd recommend checking out for anything related to simple audio-visual media production and distribution on/for/by mobile devices:

1)  Witness- Video for Change
This blog is an ongoing conversation about the effective use of video in human rights campaigns to create policy, behavior, or practice changes.

2)  Videomaker Magazine
We picture a world where people use video cameras as regularly as they use ink pens, keyboards, cameras, email, texts, printers and blogs to communicate thoughts, ideas and concepts.

3)  Video4Change aims to build and collect resources, materials and guides that will support the work of video activists and video trainers.

4)  ReelSEO
The world's leading resource for news, analysis, tips and trends for the online video and internet marketing industries. Our videologists & columnists offer expert advice, guidance, and commentary about the world of online video in an effort to guide internet marketers and video content producers towards best practices and online video services that suit their needs.

5)  Vimeo Video School
Learn how to make better videos through lessons, tutorials, and sage advice from us, your friendly personal creativity consultants.

6)  (Tie) Stillmotion
we folk here at stillmotion are admittedly a quirky, passionate, and tireless group. when we aren’t out shooting, we’ll most often be found hatching new plans to make our stories more relevant or finding ways to help others tell their stories in a more meaningful way. it’s this connection between story and meaning that we all care for deeply and that unites all of the different things we do. this blog serves as the one place where we can bring together all the dimensions that make up stillmotion.

6)  (Tie) Visual Story Network   (***Christian life/ministry-focused site***)
This is a global social network for the visual story movement.
8)  Wistia
A blog published by the Wistia video hosting company

9)  Transom channels new work and voices to public radio and public media. We offer tools, advice, and community. We focus on the power of story and the ways public media can be useful in a changing media environment.

10) (Tie) CNET (with search for "Pocket Filmmaker")
CNET tracks all the latest consumer technology breakthroughs and shows you what’s new, what matters, and how technology can enrich your life. We give you the information, tools, and advice that will help you decide what to buy and how to get the most out of the tech in your life.

10)  (Tie) Socialbrite (with search for "video")
We provide thousands of free articles, tutorials and resources to the social good community.

10)  (Tie) Web Video Chefs
We (Amani Channel and Chip Dizard) created this video e-learning site to help answer your questions about video production and teach you how to create professional videos.
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I'm reaching out to Mobile Advance readers to help me with two questions whose answers will play a big part in seeing mobile ministry advance over the next two years.

First, we may have the opportunity to get the excellent Mobile Ministry Made Easy guide translated into three languages.  We need to know which languages to focus on and why. What are your thoughts about which languages we should get the Mobile Ministry Made Easy guide translated into? My initial thoughts would be French (for Francophone Africa), Korean (to equip the ever expanding Korean missionary population), and Hindi (both because there is a growing number of Indian believers seeking to reach the lost of India and because India has the highest number of unreached in the world) but I want to hear your ideas! 

Second, we realize that the mobile ministry opportunity has been heard of by precious few in the worldwide church.  Seeking to be financially responsible, we'd like to attend 3-4 major missions gatherings in the coming year where we could advocate, educate and equip attendees for mobile ministry.  Which missions gatherings should Mobile Ministry Forum leaders attend and share about mobile ministry at in 2014-15 and why?

Please click through and comment to help us know how we can steward our limited resources in a way that most fully propels mobile ministry forward for the glory of God among the least and the last unreached peoples of the world.
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