Daniel Claudet, director of the Gulf States Conference Communication Department, organized the first Conference-wide Adventist Digital Evangelism Training (ADET) at the Conference headquarters in Montgomery, Ala. With more than 120 local church communication leaders and pastors, the event provided invaluable tools ranging from social media strategy to graphic design and video production. While training and education were core values, spiritual encouragement and lifelong connections were also made possible.
Claudet envisioned an event where local communication leaders would receive the best resources while connecting personally and digitally. Local leaders can now network and share ideas, testimonies, and challenges. As a result of this gathering, a Facebook group called “Digital Community of the Gulf States Conference” was created. This group allows the local attendees to continue sharing how the local work is progressing within their contexts and fostering an online support community.
ADET 2022 speakers include Justin Baham, General Conference legal counsel; Art Brondo, North American Division Communication Department; Pablo Hernandez, Southern Adventist University; Kevin Wilson, Andrews University; Robert Koorenny, Voice of Prophecy; and Jonathan Burt, Hope Channel. Training modules included graphic design by Joanna Toumma; video production and drone operation by Andy Montejo; worship essentials by Michelle Alonso; social media engagement by Mumi Valdes; and basic audio training by Chris Feldmann.
Gulf States | January 2023