'Web of Connections' to train churches to use Internet for ministry


Does your local church want to develop or expand its Web presence? Are you interested in the latest Internet technology for ministry?

Local church and district volunteers, staff, webmasters, communicators, editors and pastors are invited to learn how to effectively incorporate the Internet into their ministry at “Weaving a Web of Connections,” a regional training event sponsored by United Methodist Communications. The training will be held Oct. 12-13 at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze, Fla., near Pensacola.

Presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and vendor displays will offer a variety of options for Weaving a Web of Connections. A reception and panel discussion with question-and-answer time kick off the event at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

Workshop topics include Web Ministry 101, Dynamic Content and Design, Developing a Team Approach to Web Ministry, Web Ministry as a Part of Your Church’s Total Communications Plan and Welcoming the Seeker through Web Ministry.

United Methodist TechShop, United Methodist Communications, E-Zekiel and 7Villages will have exhibits.

The training fee is $50 and covers all meals, breaks, sessions and materials. The registration deadline is Oct. 1. To register, visit training.umcom.org and select Weaving a Web of Connections. To register by telephone, call toll-free 888-346-3862. Space is limited to 100 people. There is no refund for cancellation; however, registration is transferable. CEU credit (0.8) is available for full participation.

The Mississippi Conference Communications Commission is offering a limited number of scholarships for the event. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Gwen Green, conference communications coordinator, 601-354-0515.

Overnight accommodations are available at Hampton Inn on Pensacola Beach at a special room rate of $129 per night for up to four people per room. The hotel is fewer than five miles from the church. Reserve your room directly with the hotel by calling 850-932-6800. The special rate and room block is available until Oct. 1.

For more information, visit www.training.umcom.org, send an e-mail to training@umcom.org or contact Cheryl A. Hemmerle at United Methodist Communications, 888-278-4862.