Speakers to explore implications and opportunities for using visual media
Barry Taylor is one of the conference's speakers
Pastors, musicians, visual artists—those are just a few of
the fields the speakers at the “Preaching
in a Visual Age Conference” will be representing on November 1 – 3.
The conference, open to Christian leaders, filmmakers, media
professionals, theologians, and students, brings together speakers from
different industries and professions to present ideas for how to preach the
gospel in a visual society.
The speakers will help paint a picture of what preaching the
gospel might look like in a rapidly changing world.
“Facebook just passed the one
billion-user mark. About one-sixth of the world's population now connects via a
social media network that didn't even exist a decade ago. To say times have
changed would be an understatement,” said Fuller’s Artist-In-Residence and
affiliate faculty member Barry Taylor. “The Preaching in a Visual Age
conference is going to address these seismic changes and think through ways in
which the church might actively engage with a world that doesn't seem to need
old social-shaping networks anymore.”
Taylor is part of the conference’s
impressive speaking line-up that includes Pixar animator and director Pete
Docter, former Teaching Pastor at Mars Hill Church Shane Hipps, Hollywood Film
Producer Ralph Winter, Evergreen Baptist Church’s Senior Pastor Ken Fong, and
Mark Labberton, director of the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching at Fuller.
Taylor will be giving a lecture titled
“The Future Isn’t What It Used 2 B: New Language for New Times. Ralph Watkins,
associate professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Theological
Seminary, will give a lecture called “Preaching to Viewers Who See More Than
They Hear: The Multi-Media Challenge.”
"Lots of church conferences talk about
using media, this one is going to explore its implications and opportunities,”
The conference is hosted by Ecclesia
Hollywood church, which meets in the historic Warner Brother’s Hollywood
Pacific Theater. Students can attend for $25. General admission is $100.
A special art installation created
especially for the conference titled “The Last Word” based on Acts 28:30 will
be featured in the grand lobby of the venue.
The event is part of the 2012 Brehm Lectures
in Worship, Theology, and the Arts and follows a free lecture on Wednesday,
October 31 called “Worship
in a Digital Age.”
The free event will be held on Fuller campus in Payton Hall. Shane Hipps and Fuller’s Associate
Professor of Church in Contemporary Culture Ryan Bolger will address how the
church has responded to technological shifts in the past 25 years and explore
if those changes are substantive to the nature of the church and worship.
To register for the “Preaching in a Visual Age” conference, go
To register for the “Worship in a Digital Age” lecture, go here.