Be Part of the 2015 Game Changers Summit


Imagine being together in a room with others who do ministry in the same parts of the developing world that you do...learning from globally renowned leaders, and building plans together that will impact generations to come through United Methodist schools, universities, medical clinics, hospitals, community centers and more.

The focus of this event? Communications, and how to enhance it using 21st century technology designed specifically for parts of the world most left behind by technological advances. Read more about ICT4D

United Methodist Communications is hosting this conference in Nashville, Tennessee September 17 -19, 2015 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Called "Game Changers Summit: Dreamers and doers gather to harness the power of communications ," one of its aims is to demonstrate how information and communications technology (ICT) can be used to improve all facets of global ministries.

Here's some examples:

  • While printed textbooks in United Methodist schools abroad are often decades old, computer labs (sometimes solar-powered) are providing a modern education for communities to participate in a global marketplace.
  • While many diseases claim health and lives, United Methodist communicators are using group text messaging (in areas without Internet) to help prevent cholera and malaria.
  • Where electricity is scarce and unreliable, UMVIM teams are bringing solar power devices to provide light and cellphone charging – often as a means of income generation.
  • In areas where smart phones are few and far between, some United Methodists are finding a "smartphone in the cloud" platform to instrumental in providing e-books, information, and videos.

United Methodist Communications is offering this conference to United Methodists who seek to utilize the tools of the day to enhance existing ministries, and build new ones to improve lives and communities.

Confirmed speakers for the conference include:
Ken Banks, founder of and FrontlineSMS
Gavin Krugel, Fundamo
Maeghan Orton, Medic Mobile
Dr. Revi Sterling, NetHope
Carmen Strigel, RTI International
Firdaus Kharas, Chocolate Moose Media
Sybille Fleischmann, POSSYBIL
Jeremy Schwartz, World Possible
Sonia Arenza, Accion
Adele Waugaman, Catalyst Advisors

Register online for 2015 Game Changers Summit or contact Rev. Stephanie Gottschalk if you are interested in going with others from Western PA.  Read some FAQ about this event