Thursday, October 5 brought together a peculiar mix of telcos, tech startups, well-known branding experts, radio stations, digital media analysts and church administrators in Ghana to talk about the church going digital. The event that brought them together was termed “Digital Church”, sponsored by Vodafone Ghana and facilitated by Maximus Ametorgoh from PopOut aimed to “Empower church ministries with digital innovations.”
Companies including Asoriba, a web based management software with a mobile app for churches that enables seamless church administration for effective member engagement globally and Audio Rhema, an app for discovering and enjoying large collections of audio sermons from favorite Christian speakers, were invited to demo and sell their digital solutions to mainly church administrators.
Also present was Nana K. Duah from Oxygen to give insights on church branding, Ugochukwu Ezanu from Nigerian to talk on Social Media strategy for the Church, Matt Morris who skyped in to answer digital related questions and Stephen N Boadi, a digital Marketing Consultant from Enable Growth to help facilitate a round table discussion on why the church ought to go digital
For many church administrators, the idea of running a digital church is new to them. Aside managing social networks with church accounts, the other tasks that need to go digital might take some time, and this is what the summit was meant to prepare them for.
The event was held at the Swiss Spirit, Alissa Hotel from 10 am to just a little past 4 pm. Partners included Sunny FM, SlydePay, Ego Tickets and Brand Trendz. All in all the insights shared were worthy of note. Digital was so well sold, there was an idea to create a solely digital church, run on the web and on social media with no physical location. I am convinced the attendees were converted and baptized into the new digital reality by the time church was over.