2021 Vision: Communications in a Digital Age


CLIS Conference & AGM 2021

From 10:00 until 12:30

Zoom online meeting


John Wickenden / Tel: 07954 171861, Email: [email protected]

Members of Christians in Library and Information Services will be holding their annual conference on  Saturday 17  April 2021  on Zoom, from 10 a.m. – 12.30.p.m..   The Conference is entitled 2021 Vision: Communications in a Digital Age and the speakers will be the Rev.  Mark Woods (Editor, Bible Society) and Alexandra Davis (Director of Marketing and Communications, Pilgrims’ Friend Society).

            Mark Woods will be speaking on the subject Religious Media and the Digital Revolution.   He will argue that religious media have suffered the shocks of the digital revolution as well as every other form of journalism.  Some traditional outlets have gone to the wall, others limp on, others are in reasonable health, while new players are entering the market.  Mark will ask: How are the Church’s stories to be told in future, and by whom – and who will pay for it?

            Mark  is a Baptist minister who has worked in religious journalism for nearly two decades.  He has been editor of the Baptist Times, consulting editor of the Methodist Recorder, editor of the Christian Today on-line newspaper, and is currently an editor at the Bible Society.  He is the author of Does the Bible Really Say That? Challenging our assumptions in the light of Scripture (Lion).

            Alexandra Davis will be speaking on the subject Managing Social Media in the Digital Age.  She will consider how Christian communicators can navigate the advantages and the challenges of social media.  She will ask: what does it look like to be distinctively Christian in the ways that we use social media to tell our stories and gather support for our projects?  How can we think about the ways that we use data?

            Alexandra has been at the Pilgrims’ Friend Society as Director of Marketing and Communications since September 2019.  Previously she was part of the communications team at the Evangelical Alliance having worked for Release International in the supporter relations team. Alexandra  spent time with the Baptist Missionary Society in Kosovo and is  part of the leadership team at her church.

           To book for the Conference please email John Wickenden [email protected] or book through EventBrite.


10.00 - 10.10 Join the meeting

10.10 - 10.25 Worship

10.25 - 10.45 AGM including notices

10.45 - 11.00 Tribute to Graham Hedges

11.00 - 11.15 Break / time to chat.

11.15 - 11.45 Mark Woods - Religious Media and the Digital Revolution

11.45 - 12.00 Time for questions / short break

12.00 - 12.30 Alexandra Davis - Managing Social Media in the Digital Age

12.30 - 12.45 Time for questions

12.45 - 13.00 Final reflections


This  year’s Annual General Meeting is to take place on Saturday 17 April 2021, from 10.10 a.m.,  as part of the annual conference proceedings on Zoom.    Please let the Secretary  have committee nominations and details of any motions for discussion at least four weeks before the date of the meeting.    An agenda for the meeting will be circulated to all members of CLIS, either by post or e-mail, not less than two weeks before the meeting date.

Nominations are invited for the following executive committee positions:  Secretary, Publications Editor, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Recruitment Secretary, and Members Without Portfolio (two positions).  

Each nomination requires a proposer and seconder and the candidate also needs to confirm in writing that he or she is willing to serve in this role.   Some of our present committee members may be willing to stand for re-election but we are always pleased to hear from others who are willing to consider serving on the committee.

Please send all correspondence on Annual General Meeting business to :  John Wickenden, 13 Fernhill Close, Blackwater, Camberley, Surrey, GU17 9HD.  E mail [email protected] 

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