Parish Collaboration Meetings
Monday, September 9
10:00 am PT / 11:00 am MT / 12:00 pm CT / 1:00 pm ET
Discussion Topic: Church Calendars, Copiers & Printing Equipment, & Welcome Cards
Join us to talk about a few different topics! For your church calendar, who is using what tools digitally and how are they shared online? Who keeps them up-to-date?! Anyone do a paper one? Do you have a publicly facing calendar and a staff calendar that are integrated, but have different permissions to view?
For your church copier or printers, let’s resource one another! Let’s talk about some best practices in negotiating a new contract, what things to look for in your service contract, and what pricing you have. With more knowledge comes more negotiating power!
Lastly we’ll talk about welcome/connection cards. Filling out a connection card is one of the first steps a visitor or newcomer will take to try to engage more fully with the church. What information do you collect on your cards? What is your process for where that information goes after? Who is responsible for what?
Join us as we collaborate together and share our collective wisdom. Facilitated by Mike Orr, Communications Director for the Episcopal Church in Colorado.
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August 2019: Photo Directories
A church directory can be a great ministry tool. A church directory helps clergy and other leaders to stay connected with the congregation year-round. A photo directory is a great opportunity to connect members, especially in larger churches where it’s impossible to know everyone. To new as well as current members, directories offer a way to associate faces with names and to act as a source for contact information. Who hasn’t forgotten a name, but knows the face is familiar? What information should you include in the directory? What tools are out there to create a directory? Should I hire a photography company to do this? I’m afraid people will be hounded by a photo company to buy photos if all they want to do is be in the directory. Is there a DIY option that is easy to put together a church directory? Once we have a directory, how do we distribute it? Online? In print? Print on demand? How do we password protect it if we do publish it online?
July 2019: Church Databases
Databases aren’t just for large churches. Having a database can help churches of all sizes to do the work of ministry. Ultimately, church management software can improve your ministry effectiveness through empowering people, both paid and volunteer, and offering insights into the processes you follow. Having the right tools for managing your church can provide systems to engage newcomers, reengage those who have become distant, and deepening relationships within the church for the purpose of making disciples. Choosing the right tools for your church or diocese can be daunting. Talk to other churches who’ve implemented a database/church management system and are strategically using it to grow their church. Facilitated by Barbara McGowan, Director of Communications, St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC.
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June 2019: Liturgy/Bulletin, Bulletin Announcements, & Worship Copyright
This conversation was geared for parish communicators and volunteers who wanted to talk about best ways to more easily put together the church bulletin, announcements, and know the basics of copyright in regards to bulletins. We shared what works, what doesn't, questions we have, and more. This conversation was facilitated by Sarah Martinez, Communications Manager for Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
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