AI in the Sanctuary: Exploring the Future of Ministry with Jon Hirst

AI in the Sanctuary

April 10, 2024

Exponential NEXT Podcast Episode 10
Series: AI in the Sanctuary

Should AI give pastors and ministry leaders pause or inspiration? In this episode, Kenny Jahng interviews Jon Hirst, the Chief Innovation Officer at SIL, an organization that helps people flourish with the languages they value most. Get an inside look at how AI is improving Bible translation around the globe. Kenny & Jon address concerns about AI in the church while providing guidance on navigating constructive conversation in your own church community. Also, discover how reimagining roles could unlock more human-centered ministry. From tapping AI for tasks to providing job transition support, let this discussion expand your vision for AI’s emerging possibilities.

Host: Kenny Jahng, Director of AI NEXT

Guest: Jon Hirst, CIO of SIL

Category: AI NEXT

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Kenny Jahng

Kenny Jahng

Kenny Jahng is the Editor-in-Chief of and founder of He is deeply committed to helping ministries connect with the right audiences. Kenny is also the Chief Clarity Officer at Big Click Syndicate, a strategic marketing advisory firm. He holds certifications as a StoryBrand Copywriter Guide and Jasper AI expert, and is the creator of the A.R.T. of Engagement content marketing framework, which has helped ministries worldwide build stronger connections with their audiences. With a passion for empowering Christian leaders to achieve their marketing goals, Kenny can be found on LinkedIn and Instagram or via
Jon Hirst

Jon Hirst

Jon Hirst, the Chief Innovation Officer for SIL International, leads SIL's efforts to engage with AI and has a 25+ year background in championing innovation in the nonprofit sector. Jon has a background leading technology, publishing, marketing/communications, and research efforts  for nonprofits. Jon participated in four published works as the author, co-author, or editor: Innovation In Mission, Through the River, Our Anchor in a World Adrift and The Calling of the Knowledge Steward. He lives in southern Wisconsin with his wife, Mindy, and their three children. Jon and Mindy run a consultancy called Generous Mind and Jon also runs, a community of Kingdom innovators seeking to implement disciplined innovation in their organizations.

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