April 17-18, 2015
The MMF Consultation is the key gathering for people interested in learning how to use mobile technology for the kingdom! Our prayer is to establish a mobile ministry movement so that every unreached person will have a chance to encounter Christ and His kingdom in a compelling, contextualized fashion through their personal mobile device by the end of 2020!
Program: The 2015 Mobile Ministry Forum Consultation will meet in Zelhem, Holland from Friday, April 17 (8:00 a.m.) to Saturday, April 18 (4:30 pm). The format includes TED-style presentations, discussion, ministry field reports, workshop breakouts and networking time. Here is the work-in-progress schedule (Google doc may require log-in).
- Advocate / Catalyze: Challenge and resource the Church towards investigating and initiating mobile ministry.
- Equip: Resource the Church with the knowledge and tools needed for implementing mobile ministry. Provide training on specific areas deemed critical (mobile site development, texting ministry, etc).
- Collaborate: Establish and deepen relationships with others active in mobile ministry. Create a context for greater partnering. Advance the work of collaborative projects (in-progress and new initiatives).
- Anticipate: Identify and leverage emerging trends and technologies with potential impact on future ministry opportunities.
Participants: Leading thinkers and practitioners from diverse organizations will gather. We hope to have 100 leading mobile ministry innovators to join us this year both in-person and remotely. Remote participants will be able to receive a live feed for the main sessions.
History: The first Mobile Ministry Forum Consultation was held in Ringold, VA, in December, 2010 and drew 16 mission strategists representing 15 organizations. This gathering grew out of an increasing interest in the mobile device and its implications for Great Commission ministry. A second consultation took place in Waxhaw, NC, in December, 2011 involving 50 participants. The third consultation took place at Wycliffe Bible Translators in December 2012 with 119 participants from 57 organizations. The fourth consultation took place in Orlando at Wycliffe with 132 participants from 85 organizations. Here are the executive summaries from 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Venue: De Betteld – Zelhem, Holland.
- $25 (remote participant). Live Internet access to all main sessions.
- $75 (single) / $110 (couple). Early Registration (through February 13, 2015).
- $95 (single) / $140 (couple). Normal Registration (February 14 – March, 2015).
- $120 (single) / $180 (couple). Late Registration (April 2015).
- $50 (Roma partnership one-day fee). This is for Roma partnership participants who may wish to join us on Saturday, April 18 only since their partnership meeting will be on Friday.
The consultation fee does not include housing. Like EMDC, we keep costs as low as possible to allow a larger number of participants. Though shorter than EMDC, the MMF Consultation is more expensive. The majority of the consultation team volunteer their time, but we have found a few roles are key to remunerate. EMDC is large enough to receive free meeting space whereas we are not eligible (meeting room costs alone are €1,510). We are making our “work-in-progress” operating budget available here for anyone wishing to understand our costs (Google doc may require a log-in).
One-time site use fee (wifi, towels, linens): €21,50
Single room in a shared chalet: €52,50
Double room shared in a shared chalet: €45
Single small room with a bunk bed in a shared chalet: €45
Room in the Inn with four bunk beds: €32,50
Housing rate includes one night’s housing and dinner, breakfast, lunch and coffee/tea breaks. Housing will be booked directly with De Betteld. Go to the registration site to register. There you will find the link to secure housing.
Refunds: Through February 14: 75%. Through March 14: 50%. After March 14 : 0%.
Air (arrival): The venue is two+ hours from Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport) or Dusseldorf International Airport. It is important that you determine to arrive on the designated arrival dates early enough to get to the venue.
Air (departure): Trains from Doetinchem commence at approx 6:00 am. We may have a bus depart straight to Schiphol Airport for an additional fee (to be determined once registrations start coming in).
Ground: The nearest town to the venue is Zelhem. The nearest train access to Zelhem is the town of Doetinchem. Participants are asked to make their way to Doetinchem from whichever hub they are flying in to. Doetinchem is accessible from any of the major airports via Arnhem by train. The conference center, De Betteld, will operate a shuttle bus from the town of Doetinchem. It is very important that you include your arrival information when you register (you may log-in at a later date if you don’t have that available upon registration.
Keynote Presenters: (additional names will be added as they are confirmed)
Carol and Calvin Conkey
Workshop Presenters: (additional names will be added as they are confirmed)
Jay Clark: Jay focuses on Mobile Initiatives in the Learning Technologies division at Mission Aviation Fellowship. MAF-LT offers educational and technical expertise to ministries reaching isolated pastors and church leaders. Jay is the product manager for Estante, an Android digital library tool developed by MAF-LT. Jay has a background in modern web development and technical writing and currently enjoys mobile web development. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and mountain biking or snow skiing.
Brian James: Brian serves with Frontiers, an organization whose vision is to, “with love and respect, invite all Muslim peoples to follow Jesus.” He worked in business & I.T. consulting for nearly 10 years before moving to Central Asia, where he was involved in church planting efforts for 12 years before returning to the U.S. In addition to completing a degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, he has been working for the past several years on a team that is helping his organization, and others, apply knowledge stewardship (management) principles & practices to mission. His current focus is on the use of mobiles & media in ministry to Muslim peoples.
About the Consultation: “The content was exceptionally good and I’m still amazed at the quality of the participants and the key ministries represented. Of all the different conferences I attended this year–and I do this a lot–yours was overall the most valuable experience (especially pound for pound!)” Tom Watkins, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships, TWR