2009 Technology & Church Planting Conferences Roadmap

Here are a few good conferences coming up that are on my roadmap:

[REVISED 5/11]

National Religious Broadcasters Convention & Exposition (February 7-10 Nashville, TN) The NRB annual Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. This international event networks thousands of Christian communicators, from program producers to authors, pastors to engineers, directors to vendors. NRB’s professionals emphasize strategy and innovation to tap the power of new media ministry models. The dynamic Exposition consists of over 300 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their ministries.

The Idea Camp (February 27-28 Irvine CA) The Idea Camp is a FREE, open source hybrid conference designed to help people move from the realm of ideas to implementation. We are gathering some of the most innovative and creative leaders from around the country (this means YOU!) to share ideas, intentionally network, and move collaboratively into idea-making. Whether your passion is church leadership, non-profit work, social entrepreneurialism, technology, media, creativity, culture making, church planting, spiritual formation, compassionate justice, etc., this is the conference for YOU. Session:

  • Church Planting

BibleTech:2009 (March 27-28 Seattle, Washington) Join us to explore the intersection of Bible study and technology. This two-day conference is designed for publishers, programmers, webmasters, educators, bloggers and anyone interested in using technology to improve Bible study. BibleTech 2009 is an opportunity to meet others who share your interests and hear from industry leaders. Session:

Christian Leadership Alliance Conference (April 20-22 Atlanta, Georgia) offers Biblically based fundraising and stewardship courses for leaders of Christian nonprofit organizations. Session:

Catalyst West Coast (April 22-24 Irvine, CA.) a conference to inspire the next generation of leader.

National New Churches Conference (April 20-23 Orlando, Florida) Come and learn with us… as we experience the stories of those who are in the middle of movements… as we discover what God is “up to” around the globe and what He wants to do through us.

Acts 29 Bootcamp (May 5-7 San Diego, CA) Kaleo will host a Boot Camp beginning May 5th of 2009. Are you considering planting a church? Are you ready? The Acts 29 Boot Camp can help make the difference between success and casualty. Speakers for this event will include Mark Driscoll, David Fairchild, Scott Thomas and many more.

Echo Church Media Conference (July 29 Р31 Dallas, TX) The ECHO Conference will challenge and inspire the way you do ministry. ECHO will encompass all things media – visual, web, music, technology – and hopes to resound the truth of Christ through the power of media and technology. It will be a gathering place for church leaders to discover new and creative forms and uses of media. Engage in a community of creative believers seeking to change the world through the use of media and technology that communicates the truth of Christ.

Christian Web Conference 09 (September 11-12 La Mirada, CA)

  • What does the Gospel have to do with Social Media?

Cultivate October 27 Chicago, Illinois)

  • Session on Web Strategy

STORY – Gospel Communication October 28-29 Chicago, Illinois)

  • Workshop on Social Media, Web & the Church

National Outreach Conference (November 4-6 San Diego, CA)

  • Steve

    January 16, 2009, 8:24 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on some of the upcoming conferences. There are a couple of them that are fairly close to me. If I can make it I will look for your booth. Blessings on your ministry.

  • Rob Mitchell

    January 24, 2009, 9:21 am

    Let me add my thanks for the heads up, and if I may, let me ask if you would consider a topic for further discussion. You’ve been a champion of tentmaker ministry for church planters.
    Since you’re an entrepreneur as well as a pastor, I wonder if you would share a bit of your story with particular focus on how you balance your professional and spiritual life between two callings that both demand your time.
    From reading your blogs for a long time, I think I’m correct in seeing you as someone specifically called to both endeavors – entrepreneurship and pastoral ministry, and I can see that you find ways for each calling to strengthen your commitment to the other, as your pastoral calling makes you a more effective entrepreneur and your entrepreneurial calling lends strengths to your pastoral ministry and ministry to church planters.
    Please consider opening up and writing a bit more about how you handle both callings without either one detracting from the other. I think it would be a fruitful discussion not only for your readers and hearers, but may be good for you as well.

  • D. Goodmanson

    January 25, 2009, 2:33 pm


    Thanks for the request. I’ll see what I can do. In the interim I do touch on this briefly in an interview on Godbit:



    You seem to juggle quite a busy schedule, wearing many different hats. How do you balance your roles as founder of Monk Development, pastor at Kaleo Church, and still have time for family?


    This is an area where I am still learning. There seems to be weeks where I’m engaged with one more than the other based on what is happening. The challenge is when all these roles require my involvement. I wish I had this figured out, but often it means I work a lot of hours. Yet I’m blessed because I work with some of my closest friends at Kaleo & Monk. As for family, my wife and I are in frequent communication about these balances. One of the benefits of working at a company you start is that you don’t have set hours, so I do things like drive my eldest son Gideon to preschool each day and take breaks to play with Roman my youngest. The other day we went to Disneyland as a family and I worked in the evening. Yet, I’m still navigating how to wear multiple hats.