Communications Overview: Social Media Handles/Usernames

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BY ANDREW DAVID COX | 
Consistency is important in communications, and social media is no exception to this rule. Social media accounts have what are referred to as handles, which are a way for your audience to find or tag your page on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
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Use the same handle (username) on all of your social media platforms. If you can make your handle the same as your website URL, that is even better! Even if you aren’t ready to use additional platforms, go ahead and reserve the handle on other platforms by setting up an account on them. Just don’t point your congregants/audience to those social accounts until you are ready to use them regularly.

 

Example: The Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries’ website URL is https://www.MoravianBCM.org. We can be found by and tagged with @MoravianBCM on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This saves us from confusion and makes promoting our online presence much easier. On promotional materials, we just need each social media logo (or list them by name), and @MoravianBCM next to the logos or list. Add our website, email, and phone number, and we’re good to go!

Cutting Through the Tech Jargon:

According to Google.Domains, a URL (Universal Resource Locator), is the complete web address for a particular page on the Internet. The URL for our Moravian Church Communicators in America, South group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/MCSPCommunicators/.
Your “handle” on social media is usually all one word with no spaces, and is typically preceded by an “@” symbol (at least in the case of the big three social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). It can also be called a username. This is different than your display name.*
Example: our display name on Facebook is “The Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM).” Our handle, or username, is @MoravianBCM. The handle is also what is used in your social profile’s URL (https://www.Facebook.com/MoravianBCM or https://www.Instagram.com/MoravianBCM). It is critical that you set up your username on Facebook (it doesn’t necessarily do it automatically). Otherwise, you’ll get an impossible to remember URL for your Facebook Page.
It is less important for your display name to be the same on each platform (some platforms limit length more than others). But it recommended for churches to always have the word “church” at the end of their display names, so they’ll appear in searches for churches on each of the platforms.
That is all for now. I hope this short overview is helpful to you!
Don’t hesitate to ask the BCM or myself questions here or on social media. You may also email me at Andrew@MoravianBCM.org.

 


*Facebook calls it a “Page name” and Twitter calls it a “display name.” For simplicity and consistency’s sake, I’ve defaulted to using “display name” here for all three major platforms. This is also a bit more accurate, as the term “Pages” is used exclusively by Facebook to identify public entities active on their platform.

Source:

“The Difference between a URL, Domain, Website, and More.” Web Terms 101: the Difference between a URL, Domain, Website, and More. – Google Domains – Google, Google, domains.google/learn/the-difference-between-a-url-domain-website-more.html#/.


Questions? Comments? Or need assistance with your church’s communications and social media efforts? Contact Andrew David Cox at Andrew@MoravianBCM.org or call (336) 722-8126 Ext. 404

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Andrew David Cox is the Communications Project Manager for the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM). Andrew is a driven creative person with established experience and skill in a variety of fields. Experience includes communications, social media management, event coordination, marketing, graphic design, photography, customer service, hospitality, security, writing, cartooning, illustration, fine art, and more! His main passion though is creating visually and emotionally interesting creative content for the Internet.


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#MoravianLenten Campaign

Join the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM) in engaging existing and new audiences this Lenten season! We are sharing our identity through the people and faces of our churches, fellowships, and ministries. We hope this campaign will reflect the light of Christ in a challenging world and generate interest in both our Moravian church and the Christian Church at large.

The #MoravianLenten campaign, launched Ash Wednesday and running through Easter, collects reflections, stories, memories about the season of Lent as informed by individuals’ Moravian Christian faith and heritage. While not limiting ourselves to a diversity of participants, we are placing a priority on sharing young adults and college age Moravians’ reflections.

How to Participate

 There are two ways to participate. The campaign runs through Easter.

1) In-house content 
  • These are reflections (professional photo with graphics added in Photoshop) produced by the BCM
  • The format follows that of these images above and below, with the full reflection posted as a caption, example here on Instagram
  • Our goal is to post two a week, Monday and Friday, during the season of Lent
  • We intend to use some of these as social media ads (with formal permission from participants)
  • Participants will be sent a photo of their likeness for their personal use as a thank you!
2) User-generated content 
  • These are reflections, moments, stories, and memories posted on social media by anyone using the hashtag #MoravianLenten
  • Of these, we will share our favorites a few times a week on our social media accounts (dependent on campaign response)

Reflections only need to be two paragraphs or so at most!

Wondering what hashtags are and how do to use them? Read this article here.

Contact Andrew David Cox, Communications Project Manager for the BCM, at Andrew@MoravianBCM.org to participate in our in-house content.

Photo permission release for in-house content:

To agree, replace “YOUR NAME HERE” with your full name below, and reply to this email. Alternatively, sign a printed form which can be obtained at the Moravian BCM offices when you do your Lenten reflection. Please indicate if you desire for only your first name to be used, but sign the form with your full name. Thank you!

“I, YOUR NAME HERE, understand that as a part of the #MoravianLenten marketing/social media campaign, the Moravian Church staff will photograph my likeness or use a preexisting photo of my likeness. I acknowledge existing photo(s) are my own work or that I have proper permission to use them and will provide appropriate photo credits if needed. By agreeing to participate in this project, I acknowledge that the Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM) and the Moravian Church has permission to freely use my image/likeness/name/congregational affiliation on their websites, social media sites, in their publications, and their advertising related to the campaign. I acknowledge that the BCM and the Moravian Church also have permission to use my Lenten reflection for the campaign and may edit it as necessary for clarity and length.”

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Email Tips: CC, BCC, and Reply All

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Emailing is simple enough, but there is a lot about this great service that can seem to fall by the wayside, as its professional potential is sometimes taken for granted.

Most noticeably, some email users often ignore using CC, BCC, and “reply all” functionality with email. That or users don’t understand their purpose. It is generally frowned upon to regularly send out emails with long CC or BCC lists… especially for regular newsletters or other related mass-marketing/contact purposes. If you send an email out through Outlook or Gmail with a massive list of recipients in the “to” or CC line, the recipient will have to scroll down the massive list before they reach the content of the email.

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Using An Online Email Marketing Service

To send out your regularly published church newsletter, use an online service. The Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM) utilizes iContact for its weekly e-newsletter needs. BCM also puts iContact to use for sending out bulletin inserts and other content or notices. The service, which is free to qualifying NC-based non-profits, includes easy-to-use “drag and drop” design templates. There are plenty of other services, paid and unpaid… Mail Chimp and Constant Contact being two of the most recognizable brands. As Church Marketing Sucks points out, Mail Chimp’s service is free to use if you send under five thousand emails per month.

What are CC and BCC?

CC, BCC stand for carbon copy and blind carbon copy, respectively. The terms carry over from their use in letters prior to computers and email. Quora user Andrew Hennigan, who teaches workshops on email, writes, “[BCC] comes from the time when letters were written on a typewriter and extra copies were made using carbon paper. You would put in the typewriter one sheet of paper for each person with sheets of carbon paper between them. In the original sense it meant a person who was to receive a carbon copy of a letter but without being visible in the distribution list.”

Diffen defines each of the address lines of an email as such:

  • To: field recipients are the audience of the message
  • CC: field recipients are others whom the author wishes to publicly inform of the message (carbon copy)
  • BCC: field recipients are those who being discreetly or surreptitiously informed of the communication and cannot be seen by any of the other addressees

When composing an email, the “to” line is reserved for the individuals the message is directed towards. Those in this line can see who sent the email, who all else is in the “to” line, and who all received a carbon copy. The CC line is for those for whom the message is relevant but not directed at or addressed to. Anyone in the CC line can see who the sender is, who is in the “to” line, and who else received a carbon copy.

The BCC line is for those whom the sender wants to have a copy of the message, but without the individual(s) the message is intended for, or those in the CC line knowing about these recipients. Those in the BCC line can see who the sender is, who is in the “to” line, who is in the CC line, but cannot see who all else received a blind carbon copy. The only individual who can see who received a blind carbon copy is the sender. This can be double-checked by the sender by viewing the sent message in the outbox.

“Reply All” and Privacy

“Reply all” is pretty straightforward, however it needs to be clear, especially as to how it pertains to BCC within emails. When you receive an email, you can respond just to the sender (“reply”) or you can respond to the sender and all of the other recipients of the message (“reply all”). If your response is relevant to all recipients, always reply to all, if your email address is included in the “to” or CC fields.

BCC recipients will not receive any replies to the original email as outlined by University of Pittsburgh’s Information Technology. However, a BCC recipient can reveal their presence to other recipients should they reply all, rather than just replying to the original sender.

Dave Johnson writes for CBS News’ Money Watch that blind carbon copy recipients should always take the designation seriously and should “never violate the trust… never, ever reply-all to a message for which you are in the BCC line.” If you’re worried about this, Johnson suggests it is best to just send the message separately to the would-be BCC recipient, especially if the subject concerns bad news. Lastly, how do you tell if you’re a BCC recipient? If your email address is not in the “to” or CC line, you have been blind carbon copied.

Email may seem outdated in the social media era, but while it is still used in professional settings, it helps to know as much as you can about how to use it effectively. Knowing basic functionalities like CC, BCC, and “reply all” is good place to start.

Sources 

“Bcc vs Cc.” Diffen.com. Diffen LLC, n.d. Web. 26 Jun 2016.

Hendricks, Kevin D. “Church Email Marketing Tips.” Church Marketing Sucks. Center for Church     Communication, 27 May 2015. Web. 27 June 2016.

Johnnson, Dave. “4 Things You Need to Know about Email’s BCC Field.”CBSNews. CBS Interactive, 30 Mar. 2012. Web. 27 June 2016.

“Using the Blind Carbon Copy (BCC) Feature to Protect the Privacy of Email Addresses.” Information Technology. University of Pittsburgh, n.d. Web. 27 June 2016.

“What Are CC and BCC in Gmail? How Do I Use Them?” Quora. Quora, n.d. Web. 27 June 2016.

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Questions? Or need assistance with your church’s communications and social media efforts? Contact Andrew David Cox at acox(AT)mcsp.org or call (336) 722-8126 Ext. 404

Andrew David Cox is the Communications Project Manager for the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM)

 

Utilizing the Facebook Cover Image Space

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MAY 25, 2016

The space above a public Facebook page is important. It is wise to use it strategically, rather than giving it little or no thought. Apart from the profile image, your page title and category, the cover image is one of the first things people see on your page. Unless there are faces in your page’s profile picture, the cover image usually IS the very first thing visitors see. Your page’s profile picture should always tell people who or what you are… usually this is a logo or, for churches, an image of the church building itself. The cover image space should most often show what you do as an entity/ministry or who your people are. 

Below is a screenshot of the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries Facebook cover image I designed. Currently, we are utilizing the space to promote an upcoming summer event. So one of the first things our page’s visitors see is information about an upcoming event. By clicking the cover image, Facebook brings up a window with an editable image description on the right. In that space is a link to the event RSVP, condensed by the URL shortening service Bitly. 

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We’ve used this space on Facebook to promote a variety of events as well as a social campaign. We’ve also used it to show (literally) who we are by displaying a group image of our board members. Cover images should be about promoting engagement, accessibility, approachability, and authenticity. They should change regularly to keep the page fresh, by either reflecting upcoming events and campaigns, recent photos of relevant people/images, or seasonal imagery.

The actual cover image space is 828 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall on desktop and laptop computers. The 160 by 160 pixel profile image eats into some of the space, as does the page title and Facebook page buttons. (Again, this can be seen in the first screenshot above.) The dimensions are different on mobile devices, so that is something to keep in mind when you are choosing a cover image. On mobile devices, Facebook page cover images are proportionally not as wide and are slightly taller. It is best to design the cover image for the desktop first, but keeping in mind that any essential imagery or information needs to be towards the middle (length-wise) and top two-thirds or half (height-wise) to best fit both desktop and mobile. It can take some trial and error to get it ideal. You can not move the profile image, the page title/category, or Facebook’s buttons, so you always have to design your cover image around them.

For full details about Facebook page profile image and cover image dimensions, visit Facebook’s Help Center here.

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Clicking the camera icon in the upper-righthand corner of the cover image will prompt a menu to appear that allows for editing. The first option, “Choose from Photos…” lets the user select a photo already uploaded by the page to use as the cover image. Clicking this option will bring up a window with the page’s different photo albums. Already have images of your congregation on your page? You can make one the cover image by clicking this first option.

The second option, “Upload a Photo…” gives the user the option of uploading their own photo (an image of your own creation or one you have permission to use.) The third option, “Reposition…” will bring up a cross-with-arrows cursor when you hover over the cover image. This allows the user to re-adjust the precise position of the cover image to their liking by clicking and dragging. The final option, “Remove…” will remove the cover image from the page, leaving a blank space with a default Facebook design. It is important to note that this option does not remove the image from Facebook altogether. To do that, you must go to your cover images album under the photos tab and delete the photo. If the cover image was selected from a previously uploaded image, it has to be deleted from both the cover image album and the original album it was in.

So how about designing a cover image? If you really get into it… Adobe Photoshop Elements is an affordable option. GIMP is a free design software alternative, which can be downloaded here. The simplest option, especially for non-designers, is to use Canva’s online Facebook cover image editor feature. Canva is online, so there is no software to download, and is free to use (there are some optional paid add-ons.) The best part about using their cover image editor is that they take care of the pixels for you, so you don’t have to fret about it being the right size! Just make sure your essential imagery and information is where it needs to be as mentioned earlier.

Happy designing and Facebooking! Best of luck to you!

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Questions? Or need assistance with your church’s communications and social media efforts? Contact Andrew David Cox at acox(AT)mcsp.org or call (336) 722-8126 Ext. 404

Andrew David Cox is the Communications Project Manager for the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM)

Tools to Make Technology Easier for Churches

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APRIL 25, 2016

Emphasis on living Christ’s love, living the Gospel, building a community of faith, and serving people will always be priority over the material tools we use to reach those people. You don’t need the best or newest gadgets, but in the 21st century, being conscientious of how you reach people in our digital world and what that looks like is important. There is a lot of software, applications, and tech tools out there available to us. Some are free, some are affordable, and others are an investment. Some of them are very user-friendly and others require a more trained individual to utilize.

Since I began my work with the Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM) as Communications Project Manger in September of last year, these are some tools that I have utilized and have proved to be essential. These are well-rounded programs, some of which I have used in my work as an artist prior to working for BCM. In future Spotlight posts, I’ll share about additional tools and even get into some video tutorials. This post focuses on desktop/laptop computer software and tech tools such as cameras. It should be noted that while I count these tools as essential for myself and BCM’s work, that may vary from congregation and person to person based upon needs and skill. Assess what you need and are comfortable with using first before you invest in any technology or software.

Adobe Creative Suite – software for the professional designer 

This isn’t really something the typical Moravian congregation would need. Adobe has primarily adopted a cloud-based subscription format (Adobe Creative Cloud), so you pay a monthly fee for the right to use their collection of professional design software, rather than a one-time fee. In exchange, your software is always up to date.

There are different plans, starting at $9 a month for just Photoshop (the full version, not Elements) and Lightroom. For about $20 a month per software, you can pick and choose which applications you want. For $50 a month, you get the entire suite of software, including InDesign, AfterEffects, Photoshop, Illustrator, and more. $80 a month gets you that and access to their stock photo library (Pexels and Unsplash are great Creative Commons alternatives for free photos. Also check out Lightstock for spiritual/church-themed stock photos.)

For church design, the only software I’d think you’d need outside of Elements or Photoshop, is InDesign. InDesign is great for designing multiple page documents such as newsletters. However, if necessary, that can be done in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Much of Adobe Creative Suite’s software is overkill and unnecessary for the beginner or casual church designer.

Photoshop Elements – software for the experienced designer and those learning  

Photoshop Elements is handy if you want to make good looking graphics, but want something a little less loaded than the full version of Adobe’s Photoshop. I use it for nearly all of my BCM work, particularly the Bulletin Inserts and Daily Text graphics. (I made the banner at the top of this blog post with Elements.) You can get the latest version on Amazon for about $70. Of course, eventually it will become somewhat outdated. I am still using version 11 and am happy with it. Elements is a watered down version of Photoshop. It has a lot of the same tools, but isn’t quite as powerful. If you’re serious about improving your church’s design and not haphazardly designing inserts/flyers in Microsoft Word, Elements is a good place to start. The three square graphics below and to the right were also designed by me using Photoshop Elements 11.

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The great thing about the web is that there are always free alternatives, or free trials at the very least. GIMP is a free, downloadable Photoshop Elements look-a-like. Canva, an online design software, is all the rage for helping non-designers design better. There are more to be found if you do a little searching!

Hootsuite – social media scheduling software 

If your congregation is running multiple social media pages and posting a lot of content, a scheduling software like Hootsuite can save you a lot of time. Hootsuite is straightfoward and easy to use. A main competitor is CoSchedule.

Drawing tablets – increase the precision of your design work 

I don’t use mine all the time, but Wacom makes a range of quality digital drawing tablets. Tablets are handy for when you want something more precise than the clunkiness of a mouse or keypad (designing with a mouse all the time gets old fast.) The model I use is the Bamboo Create (CTH670.)

Cameras/Smartphones, a note on copyright and more

My Nikon camera has proved invaluable in my work for the BCM. I’ve used it to document events, take photos to use for graphics, and more! I own a D5300 model that I primarily use with a Nikon 15-140mm VR lens. However, I am not totally dependent on my Nikon and still use my iPhone 6s for some work. A DSLR is a serious investment, but worth it when put to good use. For most congregations, a smartphone comparable to an iPhone 5 or newer should suffice for most documentation of church activities and events.

Having a decent device to capture quality images, apart from documenting, is good for when you can’t find a stock or Creative Commons image that suits your needs. It should be noted that just pulling and using any image/content from Google or any source without permission is almost always copyright infringement, illegal, and could get your church into hot water.

Copyright can be very confusing, but you should be familiar with the basic ins and outs of copyright, knowing terms such as “fair use” and “attribution.” It is also good to be familiar with any software’s terms and conditions (license), as well as knowing what you can and can’t take or post a picture of (privacy and property rights.)

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A photo I took with my Nikon D5300 at Trinity’s 2016 Crosswalk

Another photograph I took with my Nikon D5300... this was then edited on my mobile device with the Faded photo editing application

Another photograph I took with my Nikon D5300… this was then edited on my mobile device with the Faded photo editing application

Google Drive – keep your files organized 

For me, Google Drive has been an invaluable tool. Using it, I can access my files from any desktop or mobile device anywhere, provided I save my files on the drive. Google Drive is better and easier than Dropbox in my opinion. I also carry a SanDisk 128gb USB 3.0 flashdrive.

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Self-portrait I shot with my Nikon D5300 using my iPhone and Nikon’s WMU application

That is all for now! Be sure to click on anything that is hyperlinked for additional reading/resources (anything bolded, underlined, and in blue.) Best wishes and blessings to your church communications efforts. We do this together!

Questions? Or need assistance with your church’s communications and social media efforts? Contact Andrew David Cox at acox(AT)mcsp.org or call (336) 722-8126 Ext. 404

Andrew David Cox is the Communications Project Manager for the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM)

The First Step to a Healthy Board: The Board Member Notebook

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It’s that time of year, when new members join the church board. Some will meekly slide into their seats and hope to fade into the woodwork. Others proudly announce, “I’m baa-aa-ck!” as their colleagues smile politely and groan inwardly. Whether it’s uncertain newbies, grizzled veterans, or perfectly normal, committed volunteers, a well-organized board notebook can provide members with much-needed structure and information as the board organizes for another year of important ministry work.

At the very least, a comprehensive Board member notebook should contain the following:

  • A Brief History of the Church: No, we haven’t all heard the story. A short, concise history can remind us of what is inspiring and motivating about your faith community AND can reinforce people’s commitment to serve in a leadership capacity. (NOTE: if this short history isn’t on your website, it really should be.)
  • Mark Your Calendars! Provide not only a list of upcoming board meetings (be sure to include the actual dates and times even if this is a standing meeting – i.e. the third Thursday – anything you can do to remind people of attendance is helpful), but also include any programmatic and/or major events coming up in the life of the church.
  • List of Current Board Members: In an ideal world, the document should include not just contact information for each member but a little more. Including a brief bio and photo with this list could be especially helpful for new members. Be sure to include email addresses and preferred phone numbers (they may have a home phone but never answer it) for ease of communication. It is also helpful to include all pertinent contact information for the church itself: mailing and street address, website, any social media accounts, etc.
  • Board Roles and Responsibilities: This could be formatted like a job description ornotebook - org chart Frequently Asked Questions. Perhaps it summarizes information outlined in your bylaws or organizing documents. Regardless of its origin, it should succinctly describe the roles, responsibilities and expectations of the board, board members, as well as officers – vice-chair, secretary, even pastor. If such a document does not exist, perhaps a small subcommittee of the board could create something for approval by the board. Having, sharing, and discussing this information will save countless heartaches, conflicts, and misunderstandings in the future.
  • List of Board Committees and/or Ministry Teams: This should include information about the purpose or charge of each of these groups, their members, and meeting schedules. This will be especially helpful if board members are required to serve on church subcommittees as part of their board service.
  • Program and Ministry Highlights: What are the fundamental ministries and/or programs of your congregation? Who are the primary contact people? When/how do they operate? Don’t assume that everyone on the board will somehow know all of this information.
  • Any Current Strategic Planning Documents: Do you have a mission statement? A 5-year plan? Don’t include these if they are outdated or not being used.
  • Approved Budget for the Year
  • Most Recent Monthly Financial Reports: This will help a new board member understand the organization’s actual revenue and expense vs. budget. It’s helpful to go over the report format the first time a new member sees these reports. What is the difference between income and expense? What is a designated fund? Don’t assume everyone knows how to read a financial document.
  • Organizational Documents: Any by-laws, constitution, written operating procedures, and, for churches that are part of the Moravian Church, Southern Province, a copy of the Book of Order (or pages most relevant to your congregation) would be most helpful.
  • Board Meeting Minutes: Provide minutes for at least the past three or four meetings.
  • Agenda for the First Board Meeting

Other items to include:

  • Church and/or ministry brochures: any printed materials that the church distributed should be in the inside pocket of the notebook as board members should be aware that these materials exist and are available.
  • Any other current event brochures, newsletters, promotional items, etc.

An Example: The Board of Cooperative Ministries provides each new member with a notebook containing five tabs, organized as follows:

  • Tab 1: General Board Information (BCM overview, calendars, contact information, roles and responsibilities, staff information)
  • Tab 2: Meeting Agendas & Minutes
  • Tab 3: Financial Reports & Budgets
  • Tab 4: Board Action & Organization (this includes information about major past board actions as well as additional handouts board members might receive at meetings)
  • Tab 5: Subcommittee and/or Board Work Notes (this includes subcommittee information along with space for the member to include whatever additional notes or information they would like)

Of course, it’s ideal if you hold a special board orientation to go over the notebook and all of its great material. This is also a great time of year for a board retreat, which can provide some extra time for folks to concentrate on congregational needs and issues. Need some ideas about how to get going as a board in the new year? Call us at 336-722-8126 or email bcm@mcsp.org. We’re here to help! The first five congregations to reach out to us will get a free copy of the excellent book Best Practices for Effective Boards by E. LeBron Fairbanks. What are you waiting for?

rcb-Ruth Cole Burcaw is a member of Unity Moravian Church in Lewisville, NC. She is also the Executive Director of the Board of Cooperative Ministries for the Moravian Church, Southern Province. 

Equipping & Encouraging: Online Faith Formation

As a final post in the church communication series, we offer to you a variety of links and resources to help guide your exploration of online faith formation and digital ministry. Enjoy!

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A few favorites:

Vibrant Faith Ministries: “As an organization, we are a team of passionate ministry leaders on a mission to explore the changing landscape of faith formation in the hearts of people today. We serve God by serving the Church and its leaders. That’s what matters most to us.”

Building Faith: “Christian formation inspiration from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary”

Presbyterian Association of Resource Centers: PARC provides online resources for children, youth and adults.

The Holy Geek: I (Randall Curtis) work at the Episcopal Church in Arkansas where I am the Ministry Developer for Young Adults and Youth. I am the President of Forma, a network of Christian formation leaders in the Episcopal Church. I am a regular on the Easter People Podcast and one of the lead teachers for the Certificate in Family and Youth Ministry of the FaithFormationacademy.org.

e-Formation: A learning community for ministry in a digital world. 

Books you can find in the Resource Center:

Faith Formation 4.0: Introducing an Ecology of Faith in a Digital Age

Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible

Tweet If You Love Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation

The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways