NRB SIE Provides Platform for Exchange of Ideas, Experiences

Summer Innovation ExchangeMore than 50 like-minded Christian communicators gathered at the headquarters of Hope for the Heart Ministries in Plano, TX, last week for NRB’s 2013 Summer Innovation Exchange.

For two days, SIE participants heard from speakers including June Hunt (Hope for the Heart Ministries), Kerby Anderson (Probe Ministries International), and Kelly Shackleford (Liberty Institute). They also broke out into smaller groups for times of discussion, idea sharing, and fellowship. 

"Getting together to meet and discuss important issues with others in the industry is always a great way to advance the Kingdom," shared Trace Embry of License to Parent with Trace Embry.

"The SIE truly is an ‘iron sharpening iron’ time to interact with ministry peers in a unique and intimate setting," added John Swafford, Director of Ministry Relations for The Encouraging Word. “This year’s SIE was such an encouraging event to help prepare us to better serve the Lord and those we minister to each day.”

Presented by NRB and hosted by Hope for the Heart, the 2013 Summer Innovation Exchange gave participants the opportunity to dig into some of the issues facing them in media and ministry through breakout sessions in a variety of professional fields.

June HuntAlong with those key sessions, SIE participants heard an inspiring devotional message from Gail McWilliams, author, seasoned speaker, and host of Seeing Beyond with Gail McWilliams. NRB Executive Vice President & COO Dr. Linda Smith provided a State of the Association address highlighting NRB's strong commitment to service to its members, upcoming changes to better serve members and exhibitors, and threats to our First Amendment Freedoms. And June Hunt blessed the group with words of encouragement as well as songs of praise.

“The Summer Innovation Exchange is an opportunity for Christian media professionals to charge their creativity and create life-impacting connections,” commented Melissa Sturgis, NRB’s Director of Membership.

Other highlights from this year's SIE included a visit to and BBQ dinner at Southfork Ranch, internationally renowned as the filming location for the Dallas television series. The event also included tours of the Hope Center, which is home to more than 40 different Christian organizations, including e3 Partners Ministry, the Global Aid Network (a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ), and Josh McDowell Ministry.

PHOTOS ABOVE: (1) SIE participants enjoy a time of fellowship during a coffee reception. (2) June Hunt, Founder, CEO, and CSO of Hope for the Heart Ministries, leads SIE participants in a time of praise after sharing some encouraging words. Click here for more photos.

Published: August 15, 2013