The Christian New Media Awards Report #cnmac11 @xiannewmedia

Well here it is everyone! My official report from the Christian New Media Awards 2011! It’s been such an amazing weekend and I’ve barely had chance to sit down and write a post over the weekend. But at long last, I have the time to do a write up of the event.

You will know by now that I won the Best blog for Under 25s. I have to say that it’s a massive privilege, a great delight, a big honour and a very humbling thing to be awarded the best blog for this category. I really didn’t expect to win, but seen as I have, I want to thank you all personally for your contribution; for your reading, for your comments, for your emails, and for you interaction. You have made the blog what it is, and if it wasn’t for your continued support then I may not possess the title of best Christian Blogger for the Under 25s. Thank you.

So, here’s the full list of winners! 😀

Best Christian Blog: Vicky Beeching for 
Most Inspiring Leadership Blog: Peter Mead for 
Best Newcomer Blog: Laura Sykes for 
Most Creative Use of Social Media: Huw Tyler for 
Best Christian Organisation: New Generation, Birmingham (
Best Large Church Website: Regeneration Church, Essex (
Best Small Church Website: The Rock Church, West Bridgford ( )
Best Use of New Media in Social Action: Open Doors (
Best Use of New Media in Evangelism: 
Best Use of Mobile Web: YouVersion (
Creative Agency of the Year: Contra Positive
Accessibility Award: Leigh Road Baptist Church (
People’s Choice Award: Resound Worship (

I’d really encourage any bloggers out there to enter the Christian New Media Awards for 2012. You’d love the experience! The conference is also something that I’d recommend. Though I have to say that I was absent from the conference because I had a wedding to go to in Birmingham on that day. But both the awards and the conference are great networking opportunities; opportunities to learn and grow as a Christian in the digital world. I have to say that I made some lovely friends, and I’m looking forward to what God is going to do with those friendships as I seek his will in where he wants the blog to go.

So as for the future… what next? To be honest, I don’t know, but some blogs have asked me to be a guest contributor and a Christian publishing company have asked me to start reviewing some books for them, which is amazing! I’m quite overwhelmed by it all to be honest! But God is good, and I’m sure that I’m going to love taking on these new hobbies of writing on other blogs and reviewing books. Who knows what other opportunities may arise!

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my weekend, and I will post videos and pictures of the evening as soon as they become available! There are also other posts that are on the blog that relate to this, so please do have a look at them. And also, please have a look at all the other winners that are in the list above – those people are doing some great things to advance the Kingdom in the online world!

See this link for my acceptance speech video

Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @

  • Lucy

    Well done on winning, Dean! Very well deserved as it is a really good blog, despite the fact we may not always agree!

    • Thanks Lucy 🙂 You help to make this blog what it is… you’re always engaging and I love it! So it’s just as much your award as it is mine!

      I’ll get back to you on your comments on the other posts ASAP! 😛

      • Lucy

        Ha thank you, well your blog is very engaging to interact with – even with people whose opinions do differ from your own! You’re clearly very intelligent and writing to your blog takes a lot of dedication so I’m pleased for you :)!

  • Congrats on winning the award. It is well deserved!

    • Thank you Rachel!