UMCOM Hosts Communicators from Annual Conferences


 Several Attendees with Mississippi Conference Ties

United Methodist Communications hosted 50 communicators from 30 annual conferences on January 27-29
for "Communicators' Conference '14: Learn. Grow. Lead."

The conference was an intensive three-day learning event aimed at equipping communications professionals with tools and resources to aid them in their work, as well as to conduct a variety of training courses for church leaders in their areas. 

Photo right: Past and present Mississippi Conference staff attended the recent United Methodist Communications training. Pictured from left to right is Mike Rich, former conference director of communications; Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, current senior communications specialist; Larry Hygh, former director of communications and Rev. Neely Hicks, former conference lay person and now serving on staff at United Methodist Communications.

"In the 21st Century, communications is much more than a support function," said the Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. "It is on the front line of mission and ministry, helping the Church to grow in its outreach and influence. In a communication-rich environment, we live our lives with communication tools affecting us in nearly everything we do. Communication shapes how the church and Christian faith are perceived not only internally among members, but also externally by those outside the church. Therefore, it is essential to utilize the skills of our professional communicators to strategically advance the mission of the Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."

United Methodist Communications' training staff shared presentation and learning methods to increase attendees' instructional skills aimed at helping adults learn more effectively. A training curriculum to utilize in local churches was provided, including topics such as Communicating Your Faith in the 21st Century, Tools for Increasing Your Church's Vitality, Rethink Church, Web Ministry and more.

Presenters also shared information about how The United Methodist Church is utilizing communications technology for development in mission settings beyond the U.S. and resources to aid them in raising awareness of the mission and ministries of the church among external audiences by communicating strategic messages through the press, social media and other multimedia platforms.

About United Methodist Communications
As the communications agency of The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of the denomination in communities and nations around the globe. United Methodist Communications also offers services, tools, products and resources for communications ministry.