Roundtable for bloggers and church 2.0 geeks.

We are planning a roundtable next March in Austin, Texas during SXSW for some leading thinkers who want to see the blogosphere used wisely and effectively for mission. I will be there, Darren Rowse of Problogger said he will be there, and already a few others. Could you help me by recommending someone who should be at that roundtable? They would preferably be savvy in both Christian mission, the web, and new media. I will also be at a small roundtable in Silicon Valley on Sep 22 for geeks and givers but this is almost already filled up. Can you help me with some names for Austin?

And dont forget GodBlogCon next month in Las Vegas alongside the Blog World Expo. Yes, I will be there too.


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • ally simpson says:

    These are in my ‘blogfathers’ links section
    Ragamuffin Soul
    Brody Harper
    This is where its at, as well as here of course!!

  • Greetings,
    I am interested in this blogging conference and would like to organize one here in the Northeast of there would be interest.

  • bob c says:

    gordon atkinson – real live preacher
    anne jackson – flower dust
    terry storch – life church
    mary hess – tensegrities
    rudy carrasco – urban onramps
    jen lemen
    dj chuang
    sarah dylan brauer
    tony mogan
    and patton dodd from beliefnet

  • marko says:

    bob carlton lives there in austin, and i’m sure he’ll be at SXSW anyhow.

  • andrew says:

    thanks. thats a good start
    one of the issues we need to deal with is that of investing resources in web based ministry.
    what areas are most needy and fruitful? How would someone measure the results?
    Can social accounting tools be applied to web ministry and online communities and how?
    What challenges and problems will be face over the next few years?

  • Steve K. says:

    I second the vote for Bob Carlton and/or DJ Chuang.
    Other recommendations:
    Cynthia Ware (
    Rob Williams (
    Joe Suh (
    Lance Ford (
    I’d love to volunteer myself, but I’ll be out of the country for half of March 2009 as it is already, so another trip away from home that month wouldn’t work for me. Bummer.
    I look forward to reading/seeing it on your blog, Andrew!

  • Steve K. says:

    Just saw your comment above. The questions you are asking are all questions the members of the Internet Evangelism Coalition has been asking for quite some time. So you might want to find someone from that group. Karen Schenk, the director of Truth Media, might be a good person.
    As for the question about “social accounting tools,” Joe Suh might be the best guy for that question.
    Hope this helps,
    Steve K.

  • andrew says:

    thanks Steve – you used to be with the Billy Graham movement. I suspect you were involved with the IEC. Great advice!!!!! much thanks
    another group i was with last year in Berlin was the Global Christian Internet Alliance. link to my thoughts here.

  • Doug says:

    I’m not a blogger, but I am involved with social media from a marketing standpoint and I’m very interested seeing the Church use it in ministry more. I would love to attend if there is room.

  • andrew says:

    Steve- i just read the report from Internet Evangelism Coalition – excellent research and very helpful but restricted to evangelism online which is probably much easier to measure than the blogosphere, church 2.0, social media communities and their impact on society – both online and offline.

  • becky says:

    Excellent suggestions so far – a few more:
    The Ooze is exploring some really interesting marketing strategies – Mike Morrell works with them on viral blogging. He’d be a great addition.
    Karen Ward/Ian Mobsby run Anglimergent – she could discuss how they’re working on facilitating the US-UK dialogue electronically. She’ll be at Greenbelt if you want to hit her up in person.
    I endorsed a book “My Space to Sacred Space” penned by a husband/wife team if you want to explore the youth/YA aspects of social networking sites.

  • Josh says:

    I vote for the bad boys from the nick and josh podcast

  • Bruce Reyes-Chow, the new moderator of Presbyterian Church USA looks pretty tech-savvy. I mean for a moderator.

  • ally simpson says:

    Hey, Andrew, what about Ken Silva & Richard Abanes?
    i couldnt resist 🙂

  • Wayne Park says:

    hopefully I’m not redundant on these.
    Repping the asian constituency:
    bruce reyes-chow – seconded.

  • brad says:

    i’d suggest bill kinnon and brother maynard as mission-web-media savvy. as a photojournalist blogger missional mom, kristen rudd would be an intriguing invitee. and hey, if you need a good reporter/note-taker, who knows, i might be available by march …

  • hash says:

    SXSW is a blast, and this panel would be an interesting one to have in that environment to say the least.
    You should think about bringing in someone from one of the big missions that are deep in “out of the way” field work – like Wycliffe/SIL. Scott Toncray would be a good person to touch base with on who they have in the field that would make a solid addition.
    An prime example of a linguistic missionary in the field (Mozambique) using blogs/twitter/etc to communicate is David Ker at Linga Linga.

  • Andrew,
    This will be my first year in Austin during SXSW and I’ll be doing all I can to make sure I am there. Keep me posted…I’d love to participate, or even quietly observe from a corner, a roundtable like this.

  • Then you have to come and have some of Phil’s sausage milk gravy and biscuits- ’bout time someone cooked for you, oh thou bearer of the meat!- you know the door’s open dude!

  • Blogosphere, hu? SXSW, hu? Come on now, the blogosphere will be history next year, especially at SXSW. Noone in their right mind will be able to put more then 140 characters into a post. I recommend switching the theme to Lifestreaming because in the end it’s about what comes out of the stream of your life then what you proclaim in your blog.

  • andrew jones says:

    well said. i think we are probably there already. hey – juli just arrived and enjoyed her time in karlsruhe.

  • Gordon Atkinson of Other folks have mentioned him already, but seriously consider him. He’s an hour from Austin.
    I live near Austin too, so this post got me excited about the possibility of meeting up with folks there.

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