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We live in a digitally dominating world. Technology is shaping our culture like never before. Yet over and over again I hear the same question, “where is the church?”
FaithTech is pioneering a new way to share the good news about Jesus in a new era driven by technology. We exist to bridge the gap between faith and technology. Our vision is to become a global hub for FaithTech conversations, integrations and innovations. The way we accomplish this is three ways: empowering emerging leaders, hosting innovative events and building gospel-centered companies (LABS).
When FaithTech founder, James Kelly encountered this statement at a leadership conference in October of 2015, two of his worlds collided and it sparked the fire at the heart of FaithTech.
We currently live in a digitally dominated world. Technology is shaping our culture like never before. Yet over and over again the same question is repeated, “Where is the church?”
“In the midst of devastation, there is an opportunity for innovation.”
Our story begins in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada - one of the brightest tech hubs in the world. With the second highest startup density, next only to Silicon Valley, the Waterloo region is one of the fastest growing tech ecosystems around. It’s booming and buzzing and full of creative, innovative people. Yet we kept hearing the phrase, “I don’t know my place in church.” People in tech struggle to see how they can use their tech-base gifts for God’s kingdom. Surely there’s more to do for the church than running powerpoint.
This all lead us to some questions we needed to answer: How do we take this innovative, creative and very influential community and help them leverage technology to create Kingdom-minded solutions to real world problems? How do we get this emerging tech community and the aging local church working together?
“In order for the local church to make an impact on our cities and be a catalyst for change within them, we must innovate.” James Kelly, FaithTech founder
We wanted to join others having the conversation to answer these questions, but quickly found there wasn’t a conversation being had – at least not formally. So we started it.
FaithTech began to bring together Christians with a heart for Jesus, and a mind for technology to facilitate Kingdom-minded collaboration with tangible results - to begin bridging the gap between faith and technology.
Our first event was a gathering of 35 people at a coffee shop in April 2016. At each table sat someone in church or non-profit ministry, a tech creator and a tech visionary. It was electrifying as the conversations began to discover the opportunities that could exist if faith and technology could collaborate. We had two more conversation nights. Then came a night of TED-style Innovation Talks that drew over 160 people followed by a weekend-long Hackathon. We started launching Gatherings of Christians at tech companies and we began to see the bridges forming.
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