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Media Engagement Mentoring

Detailed information about 2020 Forum Mentoring is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the types of mentoring that may be available at the 2020 Forum.

Wherever we live in today’s world, information and communication technologies increasingly influence and impact our human lives, our Christian witness, and our Christian ministries. The varieties of local, global, and glocal media messages provide complex contexts for the task of making the case for the truth of Christ in the 21st century. The missional issues related to media engagement are therefore of real significance to the church.
Media Engagement Mentoring has been designed to provide guidance for evangelical leaders in this key missional area. This is done through a creative personal dialogue relating the individual context and calling to "media ministries* (the creative use of media technologies in Church and mission), "media presence" (being salt and light in mainstream media), and / or "media awareness" (media analysis and critique as disciples and witnesses).

Lars Dahle is a theologian, educator, preacher, and apologist. Having a long previous experience in various academic leadership roles, he now works as Associate Professor in Systematic Theology and Christian Apologetics at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication (NLA Kristiansand), where he has lectured in worldviews, ethics, and apologetics since 1991. Lars wrote his PhD on Acts 17:16-34. It is entitled An Apologetic Model Then and Now? (Open University, UK). Since 2013, he is also the Lausanne Catalyst for Media Engagement. Lars has written several academic and popular articles on apologetics, media engagement and missiology and was a co-editor of The Lausanne Movement: A Range of Perspectives (Oxford: Regnum, 2014). He is also the Founding Editor of the peer-reviewed Nordic apologetic journal Theofilos. In addition, Lars co-leads the European Leadership Forum Media Communicators Network with his wife, Margunn. Follow Lars on his blog Media Messages Matter or on his Twitter account @LarsDahle.

Margunn Serigstad Dahle, the co-leader of the European Media Communicators Network, is Associate Professor at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication, NLA University College, Norway, where she has taught in the fields of communication, media and worldviews since 1991. She is Programme Director for the Communication and Worldviews Bachelor Program, which is designed to equip evangelical communicators and apologists in various fields for the contemporary Western cultural context. Especially connected to her Damaris involvement, she is a regular lecturer, speaker and writer in various contexts in Norway and beyond. She was a co-editor of The Lausanne Movement: A Range of Perspectives (Oxford: Regnum, 2014). Margunn formerly served as Chairman of Lunde Publishing House.

Gareth Russell graduated from Strathclyde University (Glasgow) before becoming the label manager for Authentic Media. Then, he and his wife moved to India, where he took on the role of commercial director for STL OM Books India, overseeing a retail and distribution network. After his return to the UK, he became managing director of Authentic Media, a publishing and music company based in Milton Keynes. Gareth was appointed vice president for the UK and Europe for Barna Group in 2015. He has become an expert in communications, particularly focusing on the UK church and stories that can equip leaders to understand the times and know what to do. Gareth and his wife Andi have been married for 11 years and live in Stony Stratford. Gareth's passion is to help individuals and organisations tell their story, to equip leaders, and to see genuine change through great communications.


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