Gospel Outreach with Media

hosted by the Christ in Media Institute at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota, USA
coordinated by Tom and Judy Kuster

Flags of countries of people participating while this conference is open for discussion

Welcome to the 2020 GOWM Conference

Click here to go directly to this year's presentations below.

Click here to go directly to instructions below about how to participate.

GOWM Conferences are designed for anyone interested in these three intertwining motifs: the Gospel, Outreach, and Media. By each we mean...


God rescued us and all the world from sin and eternal death through the redemptive work of His Son Jesus Christ.


Our Lord commands us to take this message beyond our circles of Christian believers out to the world of those who do not have saving faith in Christ.


We seek to use God's gifts of media and technology to carry this message to large audiences in the United States and around the world.

This is the sixth conference hosted by CMI. These conferences have been visited from more than 120 countries around the world. The previous conferences contain excellent resources and are still available to visit for reading only:

  • 2016 Spring Conference
  • 2016 fall conference
  • 2017 conference
  • 2018 conference
  • 2019 conference
  • Conference sessions

    The Message

    Art, Music, and Issues

    • Jesus and the Image by Bill Bukowski (Mankato, Minnesota, USA), and Jeff Bukowski (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

    World and Local Outreach

    Enhanced Streaming

    Preserving History with Technology

    Ministry Updates

    General Comments

    How to participate in the conference

    • Participation is free. Please consider helping to defray conference costs. Learn how here.
    • Scan the list of presentations above. Note those of special interest to you.
    • To "attend" a session, just click on the title, and you will be taken to the presentation. It may involve text, images, audio, video, or combinations of these.
    • We encourage you to join the discussion. At the bottom of each presentation page, you will find a place for posting comments, questions, and suggestions. Presenters will be monitoring the discussion, and may answer your question or respond to your comment.
    • We especially hope that students (high school, college, and seminary) will participate actively in the discussion. Of course, anyone else may do so too.
    • If you are posting questions/comments, please glance through previous posts to determine if that question has been asked before.
    • Note the location names at the very top of each page. Clicking on a name will take you directly to that location.
    • Return to the conference as often as you wish to follow the discussions.
    • Remember that there may be people attending this conference for whom English is not their first language. Each page has a link enabling translation into many languages.

    The Conference will be closed to further postings after three weeks, on Monday, November 9. After the Conference closes, the presentations and discussions will be permanently archived for you to read at any time.

    Send comments on the overall conference, or problems, to the coordinators.

    The usual disclaimers

    • Please ask questions that are relevant to the papers and refrain from developing a personal topic or agenda. We expect participants to remain cordial. The coordinators of the conference retain the right to delete any posts considered inappropriate. Anonymous inflammatory posts will be deleted.
    • This conference is being conducted "outside of fellowship" - that is, presenters may not be members of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS), or the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), or the Conference of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (CELC). We are seeking presenters with expertise and experience that will help accomplish the goals of the conference, as stated above, and of the Christ in Media Institute, the conference host.
    • Contributors to the conference are solely responsible for the information they provide. The Christ in Media Institute and Bethany Lutheran College cannot be responsible for nor can we attest to the accuracy or efficacy of the information others provide.