Oh joy! What an honor to have Misty Phillip writing for us today about a NEW conference – one she is starting. As she says, “It starts with a spark!” I agree-a spark of inspiration.
Sometimes our prayers seem to go unanswered. I have prayed about somethings literally for years. But other time we get instant answers to our prayers. When God answers prayers and open doors watch out and be ready to move!
Recently, I began praying and asking God for wisdom and clarity about where my talents and passions aligned, and how I could best serve Him in this season of my life. His answer came almost instantaneously after praying, and it took me by complete surprise!
When I first started podcasting I had no idea where to begin. I looked for a Christian podcast conference and couldn’t find one. I wanted to attend a podcasting conference, but the ones I found were expensive and even though Christianity is the largest and fastest growing podcast category, very few workshops or events are offered for Christian Podcasters.
Now, I have never been to a podcast conference and I am relatively new to podcasting, but I knew without a doubt the Lord was calling me into a new adventure. One that would require me to step out in courage and bold faith, and be brave.
Hence, Spark Christian Podcast Conference was born.
Immediately, I began planning the conference. Everything began to flow. I started by writing down the vision. Then came the conference name, the venue, speakers, tagline, and even a hashtag. It all just flowed. Within two weeks, I had a Kickstarter campaign to fund the conference, a full schedule of speakers, a website and a months worth of shareable graphics.
More About Spark
Spark Christian Podcast Conference will be held in Houston, Tx February 21-22, 2020. Christian podcasters and influencers will gather to collaborate in Houston, Texas for the first ever Spark Christian Podcast Conference and two day networking event.
We have launched a kickstarter campaign to raise funds to cover conference expenses. There are a variety of sponsorship levels, and tickets available for a limited time for only $99. Here is a link to the Spark Christian Podcast Conference Kickstarter campaign. http://bit.ly/2oPlhT9
Join fellow podcast creators and entrepreneurs to be inspired to start, launch and market a podcast, and walk away with all the tools you need to start the podcast of your dreams.
If you already have a successful podcast, don’t worry we got you covered. We will have advanced podcasting techniques including how to find more listeners, creative ways to monetize your podcast, and opportunities to collaborate with other successful podcast entrepreneurs.
If you are an author trying to expand your reach, podcasts are a great way to spread your message. Spark will be the perfect place to connect with Christian Podcasters who can help you spread your message. This is THE PLACE to be for all things Christian Podcasting.
What can you expect at Spark?
11 Main Sessions – Beginner to advanced sessions from podcasting 101 to advanced podcasting techniques.
Industry Expert Panel Discussions – Get the insider scoop on the latest in podcasting.
Town Hall – Q & A – You will have the chance to submit questions prior to the conference. Participants will 90 Seconds at the mic to answer and ask follow questions.
Speed Networking – Get to know your fellow podcasters in this fast-paced time of connection.
One on One Coaching Sessions – These one on one sessions will help you take your podcast to the next level.
Off-site networking opportunities – Connect with peers and speakers at local area restaurants
Spark Christian Podcast Conference Speakers
I can’t wait to share my love of podcasting with you! But since I don’t know all the things I have gathered some friends to share their wisdom and knowledge with you too! God has blessed us with an incredible line up of speakers for the Conference.
Rob Kirkpatrick, Executive Producer at Focus on the Family.Focus has been podcasting 10+ years with programs ranking in the top 1% of all podcasts. Since 1987, Rob has set the standard of excellence for Focus’ audio content; now heard by over 6 million people each week.
Dave Jackson, author of the book, “More Podcast Money,” who has launched 30+ podcasts with more than 4 million downloads. Dave was inducted into the Podcasting Hall of Fame in 2018. He founded the “School of Podcasting” in 2005.
Thomas Umstattd Jr., started his first podcast in 2007. Since then he has hosted half a dozen different podcasts and a drive time talk radio show. He currently hosts the “Novel Marketing Podcast” and “Christian Publishing Show”.
Quin Heavrin, a wife, mother of four, blogger, speaker, podcaster and licensed marriage and family therapist that is committed to encouraging others in life and faith. Quin is the host of “The Renew You Podcast”.
Eric Nevins, host and story curator of the “Halfway There” podcast, who has coached hundreds of podcasters and is the leader of the online Facebook Community Christian Podcasters Association.
Paul Hastings is an entrepreneur and host of “Compelled”. His work has been featured by WORLD Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, TheBlaze, and Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.
Julie Hamilton host of “Life Builders By Julie Hamilton”, a faith based podcaster, speaker, radio and TV co-host in Napa Valley.
Ozeal is a podcaster and marketer. His podcast has garnered iTunes’ coveted, “New and Noteworthy” designation, as well a position on Apple’s Top 50 business podcast list. Ozeal is a creative, marketing and promotions expert for more than 20 years. He is the founder of Ozeal Consulting Group (OCG) and Pod Houston.
Katherine Barner is an author, speaker , and professional counselor. Founder of the Sister Survivors Foundation serving African American women whose lives are affected by past sexual trauma. She is the host of The Sister Survivors Podcast and author of the award winning book, God Help Me, I’m Grieving: Finding Healing After Loss.
Krystal Proffitt is the host of The Proffitt Podcast – where entrepreneurs go to learn how to start, launch, and market their podcasts. She also teaches the basics of content creation, editing, formatting, and other skills through her digital courses and YouTube channel dedicated to podcasting.
How you can help?
- Pray! Please pray for the kickstarter campaign, the conference, the attendees, and the team.
- Share the kickstarter campaign with your network. Time is running out to raise the $5500, and if it is not fully funded we don’t get the money, and the conference won’t fund. Kickstarter is an all or nothing campaign. The $5,500 goal only covers a fraction of the cost, but we know if we can cover the facility cost everything else will work out. You can find the conference by searching spark Christian podcast conference on kickstarter or by going to here. http://bit.ly/2oPlhT9
- You can sponsor, donate, or sign up for the absolute lowest ticket price that will be offered. Through the kick starter campaign you get the absolute lowest price available of $99 but there are only a limited number of tickets at that price and they are going fast!
Please help spread the word and make the Spark Christian Podcast Conference a reality!
Much Love, Misty Phillip
Misty Phillip is a wife, mom, podcaster, speaker, and author who is passionate about encouraging women to overcome challenges in life by seeking Jesus, studying the Word and growing in grace.
Founder of the Spark Christian Podcast Conference and host of the By His Grace podcast show. Misty inspires women through her speaking, mastermind group and currently serves as the Houston Connect Leader for Christian Women In Media Association. Misty is the author of The Struggle is Real: But So is God Bible Study.
Host: By His Grace Podcast
PS-This Kickstarter campaign ends October 31, so get your ticket TODAY while the $99 tickets are available. Don’t forget. Misty is soooo close to completing the campaign to host this first time Christian Podcasting Conference. And I can tell you – I need and want what God inspired her to create for each one of us who wants to host a Christian Podcast.
Now, do the next thing. Tell your friends! #SparkPodcastConference