Michigan // September 29

Explore the intersections of formation, communications, and 21st century technology.
Hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan at St. Paul's, Brighton.

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9:45-10:45am

Building an Effective Church Website

This class is for busy people with limited budgets who want an effective and intuitive guide to building or editing their church website. We will cover everything from what platforms to use, how to determine who your audience is, what information to include and where, how to build a maintenance schedule for your site, how to conform with GDPR guidelines and more. Bring your questions!

Anna Schroen

Director of Communications, Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
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Communication as Formation

How can the communications office and the faith formation/Christian education office work together? With Sunday attendance a challenge for many families, 21st-century models of formation require reaching beyond the Sunday school hour. Faith-at-home practices, adult education, delivering the Bible to your parishioner's phone, all of these are formation and communication challenges. What strains does that put on the communications staff? Learn about some best practices, some language to use and how to increase faith formation within your communications channels.

Sarah Stonesifer

Digital Missioner, Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary
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11:00am-12:00pm

Social Media 101

Social media offers lots of opportunity to help you and your congregation to be creative and stay connected and informed, and Social Media is here to stay. But there are so many different platforms and tools, that it can feel overwhelming at times. Come and learn the basics about some of the platforms as well as the tools that can make them easier to use

Eric Travis

Missioner for Youth and Young Adults, Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
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Hybrid Faith Formation

If you’re looking to “flip” your faith formation classroom or otherwise combine in-person gatherings with online/at-home faith practices - this workshop is for you! Think about how we can engage members in their faith beyond Sunday morning.

Sarah Stonesifer

Digital Missioner, Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary
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Workshops

1:00-2:00pm

50+ Tools and Resources for Ministry

The introduction of new communication technologies provide new challenges and new opportunities for ministry. From the printing press to the broadcast era to the internet of things that is emerging all...

Sarah Stonesifer

Digital Missioner, Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary
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Safe Church and Social Media Guidelines

This workshop will explore and explain the new Safe Church Model Policy’s Social Media Guidelines. These Guidelines are designed to keep Ministry leaders and others safe in the digital world. The Guidelines include recommended practices for posting, tagging, and “friending” youth and adults online, as well as ways to administer and monitor online and digital communications.

Eric Travis

Missioner for Youth and Young Adults, Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
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