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Communication Toolbox

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Getting started with Communications

Visit here often for the latest in Communication Ministry Resources.  Be sure to visit United Methodist Communications general church website for the latest articles on social media, planning, web and more. 

If you need more assistance, please don't hesitate to contact Michigan Conference Communications using the link at left.

Communication Resources

Organized Alphabetically - by column

ACCESSIBILITY

Design standards to make your electronic publications and website accessible to those with disabilities. Includes Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) requirements  click here

CMS- Content Management Systems WEBSITES

Paid design/hosting/support through United Methodist Communications click here

Hosting and design grants for local churches click here

Online web training click here

COMMUNICATION PLANNING

How to market your church click here

Editorial Calendar template click here

CONNECTIONAL GIVING

Promotional materials for Connectional Giving click here

CONFERENCE CALLING

The best way to reach those without technology in their homes is to offer conference call worship. This is a feature available through ZOOM if streaming online worship, or this option:

Calling Post: free conference calling  click here

COPYRIGHT/LEGAL COMPLIANCE

Copyright & Privacy law click here

Copyright basics video

Read the conference policy here.

Streaming worship legally click here

CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS

Download media response guide click here

IMPORTANT: Contact your District Superintendent immediately during a crisis.

DATA MANAGEMENT

Software solutions Click here

E-MAIL NEWSLETTERS

Getting started click here

Top providers click here

Step-by-step screen cast click here

EQUIPMENT VENDORS

The Michigan Conference does not endorse vendors, however, these suppliers are used by the conference primarily due to their excellent customer service and advice.

B&H Video

Sweetwater Sound

FIND A CHURCH

Free national listing of your church  click here

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Free online design tool Canva
Canva Design School

How to hire a graphic designer - click here

LIGHTING

The basics of lighting for video click here

The basics of church lighting click here

MARKETING PLAN

Church Marketing Plan tool from UMCOM click here

NEWSLETTERS

See - Email Newsletters

OTHER RESOURCES

Outreach Resources for Lent and Advent - click here

Cross & Flames logo - click here

Church Communications Facebook Group - click here

PODCASTING

Podcast, getting started - click here

Podcast equipment for any budget - click here

 

RECRUITING  A TEAM

Having trouble keeping volunteers.  Here's how to build a virtual team.  Watch

How to treat your communications team like a small group.  click here

How to run an effective small group click here

Resources for running an online small group click here

Avoiding the 4 pitfalls to losing team members click here

SOCIAL MEDIA

Getting started with Facebook click here

Facebook Worship - see STREAMING

Social media network tips  click here

Twitter basics video  click here

Instagram basics video  click here

Getting started with You Tube click here

You Tube worship - see STREAMING

Hootsuite social media coordination click here

Alternatives to Hootsuite click here

Social media rules click here

SOUND SYSTEMS

We asked local churches who they worked with and could recommend. The Michigan Conference does not endorse these companies.  Always get multiple recommendations and estimates.

Marshall Music Co  Traverse City/East Lansing

Playford Music  Jackson

Simoni Systems Saginaw.

Wave Solutions Grand Rapids

Mercury Sound & Lighting  Detroit

VIDEO SYSTEMS

We asked local churches who they worked with and could recommend. The Michigan Conference does not endorse these companies.  Always get multiple recommendations and estimates.

Wave Solutions Grand Rapids

Kevin Perberg
Kevin@thewavesolutions.com

STREAMING/WEBCASTING

Webcasting, getting started - click here

Beginners guide to streaming worship services click here 

ZOOM for worship click here

Free ZOOM for worship click here

Video and editing click here

Facebook Live for worship click here

Webcasting technical recommendations - click here

Secrets to great audio while streaming click here

WEBSITES

See CMS - Content Management Systems above