Australian PrsentersProclaim 18 to Feature Super Session on ‘The Approaching Cultural Storm’

From the 1960s to the 1990s, Christian media in the Western world experienced its greatest growth, developing a style and approach appropriate to its time.

Over the past 25 years there has been enormous change in Western culture. The challenge now is how Christian media and its firmly established ministries, leaders, and platforms will respond to these cultural shifts, in order to stay connected to those they are seeking to reach.

In many ways, and not always good, Australia has been at the forefront of intense cultural diversity. As a result, Australian Christian media has needed to create its own respected footprint in an increasingly secular and religiously diverse nation.

During the Wednesday Super Session at Proclaim 18 – the NRB International Christian Media Convention being held in Nashville, Tennessee, February 27-March 2 – an international panel assembled by Christian Media & Arts Australia will discuss “The Approaching Cultural Storm.”

Christian media leaders and practitioners from Australia, Canada, and the United States will take a closer look and consider what the world may look like in the next decade, and discuss how Christian media should navigate these rough seas ahead.

Speakers will include Karl Faase, CEO of Olive Tree Media; Dr. John Dickson, Director at the Center for Public Christianity; Stuart Harris, CEO of the Australian Christian Channel; Stephen O’Doherty, Chair of Hope Media Sydney and former CEO of Christian Schools Australia; Lorna Dueck, CEO of Crossroad Communications and host of Context with Lorna Dueck; Phil Cooke, CEO of Cooke Pictures; Gabe Lyons, CEO of Q Ideas; and Dr. Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College.

“Christian Media & Arts Australia is the premier industry body of Christian broadcasters and program producers in the land down under, and they have put together what is sure to be a very engaging and important Super Session,” said Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president & CEO of NRB. “The session will go over the state of the nations, our common challenge in the west, and the way ahead amid a changing culture and changing technology platforms. If you are serving through Christian media ministry, you will not want to miss this Super Session.”

The Wednesday Super Session will be one of four Super Sessions taking place during the week of Proclaim 18.

Other speakers at Proclaim 18 include Vice President Mike Pence; ministry leaders Rick Warren, Greg Laurie, Kay Arthur, David Jeremiah, Luis Palau, and Billy Kim; actors Jim Caviezel and Dennis Quaid, and filmmaker Alex Kendrick; radio talk show hosts Larry Elder, Eric Metaxas, and Dennis Prager; and many more.

In addition, musical artists will include MercyMe, Fernando Ortega, and Michael W. Smith. The emcees of the Convention will be twin brothers, authors, and entrepreneurs David and Jason Benham.

Proclaim 18 will take place February 27-March 2, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, while NRB’s award-winning Exposition – featuring around 200 exhibitors – will be open February 28-March 2. The annual Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assisting those in the field of Christian communications.

For the Proclaim 18 schedule, hotel information, sponsorship and promotional opportunities, space and event reservations, registration, and more, visit

For questions related to registration, contact the NRB Convention Registrar at, or call 212-460-9700.

Also, for opportunities to sponsor and/or exhibit at Proclaim 18, contact Jim Buckley at or Joe Nemchek at

By NRB Staff

Published: February 8, 2018


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