GodblogCon: Reflections Upon Saying Goodbye

Three years ago, I was asked by Matt Anderson, then the coordinator of GodblogCon, to help him as his assistant. At the time, I knew very little about blogs except that I had one and it was nothing to write home about. However, I understood that people wiser than myself saw great value in the work being done by bloggers I was willing to help in whatever way I could. Quickly, I learned what all of the buzz was about and I became convinced that bloggers were doing important work.
To date, I have dedicated three years of my life to coordinating GodblogCon. It has been an interesting journey and I have learned a great many things along the way. So it was with a degree of sadness that I announced this past weekend that GodblogCon was to be terminated upon the conclusion of this year’s conference. However, saddened as I am about the termination of GodblogCon and all that it has meant to me and others over these past three to four years, my spirit is high at the prospect of the next conference which we hope to grow from the fertile land tilled by GodblogCon. Since Joe was an important part of GodblogCon and since he often shared his reflections about the conference with you all, I thought it would be fitting that I should do likewise.

For the past four years, GodblogCon has been a place where friendships were strengthened, ideas were sharpened, and strategies were formed. The fruit of this activity is most recently seen by the publication of The New Media Frontier; a book penned almost entirely by GodblogCon attendees and edited by GodblogCon regulars Roger Overton and John Mark Reynolds. From the start, GodblogCon was a conference dedicated to advancing the kingdom through blogging technologies. While it made sense at its founding to focus the conference around bloggers and the blogosphere, times have changed and a healthy maturation has occurred in this conference.
We are no longer living in 2003, a world where blogs were independent and could be considered on their own merits. We are now living in a world of Flickrs, Twitters, Facebooks, and iPhones. The buzz phrase today is “social media.” Now, I have my own views on the viability of “social media” and where it is going; I do not hold it in very high regard. However, I am almost being absurdly obvious when I note that there are many Christians out there (not bloggers) who are trying to determine and develop native technology for the powerful content delivery pipeline that is the internet. It is time for them to join us at the conference table.
I think that the internet is going places. I think that whatever “it” is which will be the predominant media form of the future, “it” has not been fully realized. I want Christians to play a formative role in the shaping of “it.” For this reason, I and the team at the Torrey Honors Institute decided to expand the scope and mission of GodblogCon to include Christian individuals and companies who are doing kingdom advancing work all across the web. We do not want to replace our core attendee group of GodblogCon regulars, in fact, we want to grow it and expand it to include visionaries from across the web.
While it is sad to put GodblogCon to rest, it is healthy to experience the maturation of the annual event and joyous to see things already coming together for next year’s conference. Tentative plans for web strategy sessions have already been laid out and we eagerly anticipate the return of Joe Carter to our conference line-up. But I shall say no more lest I get too far ahead of myself. Thank you to everyone who has supported GodblogCon over these past four years. Thank you to all of you readers of the Evangelical Outpost who, along with Joe, supported me and my team. Finally, thank you to Biola University, the Torrey Honors Institute, the Family Research Council, Stand to Reason, and Crossway who have been faithful supporters of the conference for nearly each year of its existence. Goodbye GodblogCon, you served us well.

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Dustin R. Steeve

Dustin Steeve is a blogger and web enthusiast. Dustin's passion is to see his generation of Christians rise up as thought leaders, doing remarkable, good work Christianly. Dustin is interested in the rise of web media and increasingly prominent use of computer technology as a tool to aid people. Dustin worked for three years as the director of GodblogCon and is an adviser for the Christian Web Conference. Dustin graduated summa cum laude and received his B.A. in History from Biola University where he also graduated from Torrey Honors Institute. Dustin has completed some post-graduate work at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was appointed to the Dean's List and received a certificate of completion from the Summer Institute for General Management.

  • http://www.sarcasmagorical.com Brant

    I’m sad to hear that GBC is no more. Even though I couldn’t attend the last 2 years, it was really fun to have been there at the first two and to have met people like yourself and Joe.
    As for the iPhone, I’ve spent the last few months immersing myself in SDK docs, and I hope to be one of those Christians developing cool new stuff for it soon :) stay tuned.

  • http://benedictionblogson.com Bene D

    Please give my thanks to Matt who never saw others observing the process as adversaries.
    I wish you well on your personal journey.

  • http://blogs4God.com/ Dean Peters

    I think you’ve hit the head of the nail squarely on.
    I mean you talk of 2003 – and I grin as I recall how frustrated I was back then in urging Christian bloggers on to include RSS feeds.
    Now, no problem.
    And yes, channels such as twitter, meeting places such as facebook, and a host of other social network mechanisms are now getting done what once took individual efforts such as the Evangelical Outpost, GodBlogCon, etc …
    Good work though these past many years – so hopefully the only sadness is in the friends you may not share a meal with face-to-face as you had at said conferences.

  • http://ateam.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2008/9/27/3903884.html The A-Team Blog

    In the Scope, 9/27/08

    For those who have only seen John Piper preach in one coat, this weekend at the Desiring God conference Mark Driscoll gave him a new one:

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