AI in the Sanctuary: Exploring the Future of Ministry with Matt Engel

AI in the Sanctuary

April 17, 2024

Exponential NEXT Podcast Episode 11
Series: AI in the Sanctuary

Does AI inspire more angst or opportunities in your church? Don’t let uncertainty short-circuit important conversations. Kenny Jahng and Matt Engel talk about biblically-grounded guardrails to guide AI adoption. Hear how AI can free up staff for frontline ministry without compromising core values. Learn tips for overcoming skepticism among both church leaders and attenders.Artificial intelligence brings both promise and ethical quandaries for churches. Join Kenny and Matt as they map the landscape between emerging technology and timeless theology. Take away practical steps to steward this new reality with wisdom, discernment, and care for the people in your pews.

Host: Kenny Jahng, Director of AI NEXT

Guest: Matt Engel, Steward of Ministry Innovation, GLOO

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
Matt Engel

Matt Engel

Matt Engel has held a distinguished position as a senior leader and adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University. During his tenure, he employed data, analytics, and strategic messaging to achieve notable advancements in student enrollment and retention rates over nine years. Subsequently, Mr. Engel received a calling to employ his knowledge and expertise as a pastor at a local church in Phoenix, Arizona. This led to his engagement in assisting other churches, ministries, and denominations in embracing a more spiritually guided, Christ-centered, and data-informed approach.  In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Engel is recognized as a renowned speaker and author of Fourteen Fridays. Furthermore, he has become a subject matter expert in the Decision Science and Growth Engagement Strategy domains. By spearheading the largest coalition of forward-thinking churches, comprising some of the most influential congregations in the United States, he has garnered recognition for his exceptional proficiency in aiding church leaders in fulfilling their divine mission. This is achieved by transforming intricate research and datasets into actionable insights with quantifiable outcomes, employing a methodology of rapid experimentation. Residing in Northern Arizona with his spouse, Denise, and their two children, Engel also assumes the responsibility of caring for their elderly in-laws. He is a doctoral candidate for a degree in Christian leadership, with a focused research area centered on transformational leadership in times of liminality.

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