The San Francisco Bay Area has one of the lowest percentages of church going people in the U.S. According to a study in 2013 by the Barna Group, church attendance is 30% lower in the Bay Area than average attendance in the U.S. But that may be changing. God is working in the lives of people in Silicon Valley. Continue reading
Recently, I wrote about Neil Ahlsten, an entrepreneur who left a high-powered job at Google to create the prayer app, Abide, designed to make the power of prayer easy, and available to be shared anytime and anywhere. Abide launched on Veterans Day, November 11 for the iPhone and is now also available for the Android.
On Veteran’s day, Abide shared its first national prayer for wounded warriors and their families. People in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and countries as far away as Malaysia, India, and Japan engaged in over 24 hours of praying for wounded soldiers and their families. Continue reading
In September and October, there are three events in Silicon Valley which we recommend checking out. The first two are breakfast gatherings that focus on integrating faith and business; the third is Q Commons, a simulcast national gathering with local speakers focused on advancing good in our current culture. These are all great opportunities to get inspired and learn how to integrate faith into our daily lives.
Listen to Michael Chang tell his story and speak on the intersection of faith and business at the Stanford Faculty Club. This is a Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast Networking event. It is open to all, so feel free to invite a friend or a colleague. The cost is $20. Register Online
Listen to Grammy Award winning producer and engineer Darius Fong speak on “Winning the Race” as a Christian entrepreneur at the Wedgewood Banquet Center. The cost is $32.64. Register Online
Join 10,000 participants across 60+ cities for three National talks, including one by Tim Keller, on current cultural issues, followed by three Silicon Valley talks, all designed to help us consider how to advance good in Silicon Valley. Q Commons Silicon Valley is hosted at CityTeam International HQ, 2304 Zanker Rd, San Jose, CA 95131. Fee: $30.72. Register Online
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On Saturday, July 26, the second annual Eleo Conference will take place. The conference features Silicon Valley business leaders. Some of the speakers have been featured on this website, including: Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware; Kevin Compton, venture capitalist, and Victor Ho, founder and CEO of FiveStars.
Other speakers include: David Lane, partner, Diamond Ventures; Maria Zhang, senior director of engineering at Yahoo; Chi-Hua Chien, venture capitalist; and Adrianna Gascoigne, founder, Girls in Tech.
The conference is not specifically a “Christian” event, although many of the speakers are followers of Christ. It is about leadership and how to build and run companies. The Eleo Conference provides a wonderful opportunity to invite friends interested in entrepreneurship and leadership. It takes place at: South Bay Church, 1180 Murphy Avenue, San Jose, and runs from 1:00 – 6:30 pm. Networking and beer tasting follow the event.
For more information and to make reservations, go to: Eleo Conference.
Two of the most popular stories on this Website are those of Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, and Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. You have an opportunity to see both Gelsinger and Littlejohn in person at the Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast on Friday, March 28. The event is at the Hyatt in Santa Clara.
This event is open to all people no matter where they are with their faith. In fact, it is a good opportunity for those unsure of what they believe, but curious about Christian faith, to hear how faith and prayer have worked in the lives of these remarkable people.
The event is likely to sell out. You can register here: Register
Here is a brief video describing the event:
Today (November 7), is Billy Graham’s 95th birthday. He is giving a long-awaited message to the nation. I had the opportunity to watch the video. It brought tears to my eyes. The video is especially for people who are uncertain about their faith or want to know the essence of Christianity.
It is scheduled to be on television tonight (11/7) in the Bay Area – TV Schedule. It is also available online at Defining Moments. The video is 30 minutes long, so watch it when you have a quiet 30 minutes to view it.
Feel free to comment after you view the video.
One feature of this Website is that it lists upcoming events at which Silicon Valley leaders speak about their area of expertise and their faith. These events are particularly good for those who are curious about faith and want to see how God is working in the lives of people. Events
Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today, in a recent article titled “Here’s to the Misfits,” wrote this about Silicon Valley:
You discover two things pretty quickly when scouting stories in this part of the world. First, how many Christians there are. This is not the Bible Belt by a long stretch—pastors, church planters, and ordinary Christians describe the kind of cosmopolitan secularity that’s familiar to residents of London or New York. But in the past decade the San Francisco Bay Area has seen a resurgence of vital churches … Ask about Christians at the top of major Bay Area companies, and you get a far longer list than you would in, say, New York City.
Silicon Valley is the home of approximately 3 million people. Although there is no “officially” defined area it is generally thought to be bounded by Redwood City on the north, San Jose on the south, the Santa Cruz Mountains on the West and Fremont-Newark on the east. Other major cities in the area are Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Cupertino, home of some of the most famous Silicon Valley Companies. With the rapid growth of technology jobs in the San Francisco metropolitan area, the traditional boundaries of Silicon Valley have expanded north to include San Mateo County and the City and County of San Francisco as well as other parts of the San Francisco Bay Region.