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Conference communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of faith communities while also offering services, tools and resources for communications ministry to the local church through their district offices. Congregations across the state have written a story since their churches were founded. They are stories of faith, ministry, mission and love and these stories continue to be written every day. Each churches' goal should be to show its authentic story to the community and invite that community to be a part of it. Communications seeks to help churches share those stories and below are some tools to help churches get started:

Church Marketing Plan Tool - Marketing isn't a dirty word. Marketing isn't about sales. Marketing is about understanding your community and using the tools available to speak most effectively to them. The Church Marketing Plan Tool (CMPT) is designed to help your church leadership create its own unique and effective marketing plan through two phases: phase one - research and vision, and phase two - strategy and implementation.

Web hosting with WordPress/ www.umcchurches.org - United Methodist Communications offers an affordable web hosting service, which includes WordPress branded themes and plug-ins. The service starts at less than $10 a month.

Free Branding/Logo Service - United Methodist branding can make a real difference for your church or ministry, and United Methodist Communications offers branding and logo development services at no additional cost to you. To place your request, please email brand@umcom.org with a description of what is required. Include your church’s name, city and state, and any vision statement or tagline associated with your church.

United Methodist-branded Stationary - Download United Methodist Church stationery templates that can be used to customize business card, letterheads and envelopes.

The Art of Story - Create your church's narrative and build your storytelling skills through a website and social media, and find leadership support, tips and tools to support your church's communication ministry. 

YouTube for Ministry -with its 1.5 billion users, YouTube is a valuable social media tool that churches can incorporate into outreach and communication plans. Get started by registering for the live learning session: YouTube for Churches, on Sept. 12 at noon central time! This session will cover the basics of YouTube as well as in-depth tips. You can even ask the experts from United Methodist Communications all of your YouTube-related questions! 

Apply for a Facebook grant by Mid-September - Does your church attendance average 500 or fewer people on Sundays? A new Facebook grant is available just for you! The opportunity offers one year of Facebook content, including six posts per week, which will keep your page active — a key way of connecting your church with your community. Act quickly, the grant application window will close in mid-September! 

 

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