The Ministry Internet & Technology Summit

The Christian Leadership Alliance has asked that I organize an Internet Ministry conference for CLA 2010 and beyond. This year it will be in San Diego, CA, on April 19-21, 2010. This year we have our schedule of speakers that will include numerous panel members from ministries around the world.
SUMMIT OVERVIEW: Technology is changing the way we work, live and operate as nonprofits. Centered on the theme of increasing your communication, operations and donor engagement The Ministry Internet & Technology Summit features twelve sessions that will expand your reach, increase your donor base and enhance how you do ministry in this increasingly online world.
TOPICS COVERED: Social Networks & Communities, New Media, Donor Management, Internet Marketing, Mobile Web & Applications, Interactive Media, Web Applications, Branding and Infrastructure.
WHY ATTEND? In today’s economic climate nonprofits need to be good stewards through decreasing costs as well as doing more with less. New technologies and web strategies can equip your ministry to achieve these goals. Learn from real world practitioners and experts who will equip you in ways that will make an immediate positive impact for your ministry.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Ministry executives, technology staff, development and fundraising officers, marketing and communications professionals and other nonprofit leaders interested in being on the leading edge of today’s technology.
A Look into the Near & Distant Future of Online Ministry
In this session leaders will learn to apply a web strategy framework to address their ministries needs both for today and tomorrow. Learn from cutting edge organizations and hear what experts say is next on the horizon. This session is designed for strategic leaders regardless of their technological level of understanding. In this session participants will 1) learn how to plan for an effective ministry online strategy, 2) explore key emerging technologies that will impact their ministry and 3) hear how cutting edge organizations are implementing revolutionary practices today.
Drew Goodmanson, CEO, Monk Development and cofounder/pastor, Kaleo Church, San Diego
Lost in Translation
You have a unique brand story. Don’t let it get lost in the way you express it. Social media, your web presence, print collateral, direct mail and events are all opportunities to consistently reinforce your story. This interactive session will unpack the importance of creating a brand identity that aligns with organizational strategy and avoids blind use of trends and gimmicks. In this session participants will learn 1) how to create a powerful story for your ministry, 2) how to integrate it across your entire communication and 3) how to ensure your story aligns with your organizational strategy.
Tim Ellens, President, CHANGEffect
The New Church Social: How Interactive Media Values Can Transform Your Ministry Mastering social media strategies is a communications imperative for businesses, churches, and nonprofits. As we move towards a technologically immersive environment, best practices for new media strategies have amplified value. Explore best practices you can employ for your particular new media needs. In this session participants will: 1) learn to identify five new media values, 2) gain the ability to implement these values into their social media strategy and 3) explore how small changes in communication practices can result in greater communication impact.
Cynthia Ware, Online Technology and Church Development consultant,
The Three “I’s” in Internet
From mobile to social applications, including wikis, microblogging and social networks, ministries are constantly presented with innovative ways to connect. From case studies and current research, attendees will learn how to: 1) leverage new media trends 2) increase online donations and 3) maximize a website visitor’s experience.
Ron Weber, Chief Operating Officer, Trinet Internet Solutions, Inc.
How to Successfully Raise Funds Online
Learn how Campus Crusade has collaborated to launch several of its most effective multi-channel fundraising campaigns, with particular success in the online space. Hear important lessons learned from one of the world’s largest Christian ministries and receive practical tips for cultivating donors on and offline. Participants will learn 1) best practices in driving successful integrated multi-channel fundraising, 2) specific examples of multi-channel fundraising in action and 3) practical applications for the cultivation of donors.
Dave Raley, Director of New Media, Masterworks and Megan Hawkes, Executive Director, Constituent Engagement, Campus Crusade for Christ International
Back to Basics: Website and Social Media – More Tools In Your Communications Belt
Explore websites, Internet presence, email blasts, and social media and learn to select and tailor these tools for specific ministries using basic communications principles. Hear from a one-woman communications department that successfully implemented these tools at a 900-student seminary. Participants will acquire 1) a clearer understanding of how to develop an online strategy specifically for their ministry 2) ideas for developing and implementing those strategies with limited personnel and resources and 3) practical steps for creating and implementing an effective online communications strategy.
DJ Turner, Director of Communications, Denver Seminary
Online Ministry Opportunities, Challenges & Lessons
Examine key findings from an online ministry research project that included many large and small ministries. The research gathered includes web surveys, analytics, key performance metrics and interviews from online ministry leaders. Explore opportunities in fundraising, donor relations, evangelism and discipleship. Learn common online mistakes. This session includes time to learn from peers, regardless of ministry size. In this session participants will: 1) learn from innovative online ministries, 2) gain an understanding of pitfalls and 3) examine the results of online ministry research.
Drew Goodmanson, CEO, Monk Development and cofounder/pastor, Kaleo Church, San Diego, Kevin Ring, President, Unconventional Method and Dave Bourgeois, PhD, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Biola University
Information Technology: What’s Hot and what’s not
Our panel will share their thoughts and respond to questions and good and not so good trends in Information Technology for ministries. This panel brings a wealth of insight into the leading edge IT trends affecting ministries today. Come with your best ministry IT questions and be prepared to walk away with answers.
Nick Nicholaou, President, Ministry Business Services and co-founder Ministry Technology Institute, Clarence White, IT Secretary, The Salvation Army – Western Territory and Steve Hewitt, Editor-in-Chief, Christian Computing magazine.
The Case for Online Kingdom Excellence
Explore a standard of online ministry excellence centered on Kingdom principles that promote long-term Kingdom success. Examine critical new research, while studying a five-point model for online excellence: strategy, presence, measurement, engagement, and impact. In this session participants will 1) consider creative and innovative ways to create impact through online ministry 2) be armed with language, data, and examples to make the case for online excellence within their organization and 3) receive validated practices and benchmarks against which they can measure their Internet strategy.
Kevin Ring, President, Unconventional Method and Dave Bourgeois, PhD, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Biola University
Ministry Growth through Email Communication Best Practices
Explore critical and relevant principles from the for-profit world to make email communications programs more effective for your ministry. Email can advance your organization’s goals like few other programs. Understand the hurdles and challenges inherent in email communications to dramatically increase effectiveness in attracting and retaining donors. Participants will gain knowledge of 1) best layouts, day/time to send, service providers, and more 2) understanding of the difficulties of getting your email seen correctly across all email programs and 3) how to get emails opened and read.
Mike Atkinson, Principal, uneekNet

Delivering Income Solutions through Data Strategies

Improved income comes through connecting with the right donors at the right time using the right messaging. In today’s competitive fundraising environment, successful nonprofits must employ smart data strategies to maximize income. The best data strategies are centered in relationships, not technology. Participants will: 1) understand how to optimize communication with your donors using your data 2) learn how to interpret donor-giving patterns to improve donor relationships and 3) find out how to choose the proper channel and timing for the best donor communications.
Steve Thomas, Partner, Oneicity
Ministry IT Roundtable
Join Information Technology colleagues for a session on solutions and cutting edge thinking by our “best in the business.” This session will be a wide-ranging roundtable discussion that will help ministry IT professionals to learn key insights and best practices to maximize their organization’s Information Technology systems and programs. Come prepared to help and be helped!
Nick Nicholaou, President MBS Inc., and co-founder, Ministry Technology Institute and Alan Weisenberger, VP or Technology Services, ECCU