About 50 Christians with experience in digital communications will meet Feb. 24 to pool ideas for new apps, websites, and social media campaigns. A panel of judges will sift through their suggestions and two will be selected for future development.

The Digital Labs day is part of the Renewal and Reform program, which seeks “to ensure the Church of England is a growing church for all people and all places,” said Adrian Harris, head of digital communications.

The technicians and creatives, who have been drawn from across the country, will work together on campaigns that will help people grow in faith and support the work of local churches.

The panelists include James Poulter of the LEGO Group; BBC senior digital producer Lynda Davies; the Very Rev. Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester; and Siku (Ajibayo Akinsiku), who describes his roles as dream-weaver, narrative designer, artist, theologian, writer, musician, and creative director.

“We’re delighted with the combined knowledge and experience our judging panel brings to Church of England Digital Labs,” Harris said. “I’m really excited to hear the creative ideas on the day that will help us develop our digital evangelism and discipleship offering.”

This week, the church announced that its #GodWithUs Advent and Christmas social media campaign had reached 6.8 million people.

The campaign was designed to share a Christian message with the public, encourage people to attend their local church for a service or event in December, and encourage people to take part in its Your Christmas Journey reflections.

Adapted from ACNS

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