Communicating Faith in the 21st Century

Date(s) - 01/09/2016
10:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Communicating Faith in the 21st Century
Third James C. Suggs Seminar on Christian Communications
Saturday, January 9, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Larry Hollon, Writer, Producer, and former Chief Communication Executive, United Methodist Church

Stalcup icons_EventIn the media saturated world of the 21st Century, Christians face new challenges to communicate faith. We are barraged with messages nonstop. They implore us to purchase goods and services, and to entertain ourselves. They inform us in ways unknown to humans before. New technologies give us more options for how we use our time, connect with others, and communicate. Always-on 24/7 media can assist us to build community and, conversely, they can foster unhealthy individualism and isolation. We have access to information that empowers us and also undermines authority and values. This challenges institutions and it creates new organizational forms. This new communication environment presents Christians with exciting new opportunities to communicate the faith to new people in new ways. It allows us to offer messages that affirm God’s gracious presence in our lives, to tell the age-old story of God’s love for all people in new ways. In this seminar we will explore the challenges of this new environment and discuss how it affects the way we tell the stories of Christian faith today.
Larry Hollon is an award-winning writer and producer who has advocated that communication is an expression of ministry. He has advocated for mainline Christian communions to recover their voice and contribute to the public conversation as a means of providing moral and ethical leadership in the new media environment of the 21st Century. He has worked in television news and commercial radio as a talk show host, and has been published in numerous publications. His work has taken him to more than 50 countries to collaborate on projects ranging from the stories of street children in Brazil to economic self-development in rural villages in Africa. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. He served for 15 years as the chief communication executive for The United Methodist Church. As head of United Methodist Communications, he led the church public media, news, fundraising and marketing operations. Hollon is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church.