United Methodist Communications (UMCom) is offering two online course opportunities this month – a Web Ministry Training series and the Welcoming Ministry 101 Training Course.
More and more people are now on line. Did you know that 1.6 billion (yes, billion, with a "B") people are on line? People are doing more and more this way – they shop on line, do their banking on line, read on line, and search for a church on line. That's why a web ministry is an important and powerful way to reach people.
Starting Feb. 29, 2012 UMCom is offering four customized, instructor-led online web ministry courses to help you integrate a web ministry into the broader picture of your church's outreach.
- Set a purpose, goals, and an action plan for establishing a web ministry;
- Identify your users and how to meet their needs;
- Learn the nuts and bolts of websites – from domain name registration to hosting services, and from privacy issues to site maps;
- Find software and other resources to enhance your site;
- Develop content and graphics for your website;
- Build efficient, effective site navigation.
Course dates are Feb. 29 to April 11. Pre-registration is required and no participants will be admitted once the class begins. Click on the course title to register before Feb. 29.
Once registered, you can access the course anytime you want, 24/7. Expect to log about 20 hours per course. Each course builds upon the previous courses – so please take them in order.
Welcoming Ministry 101 will help you expand your understanding of welcoming, while equipping you to lead your church in establishing and maintaining a ministry of welcoming and radical hospitality.
During this four-part, online course you'll discover:
- What it means to be a welcoming, hospitable congregation;
- How to identify and enlist congregants for your church's welcoming ministry;
- Ways to assess what your church does well in regard to welcoming – as well as areas for possible improvement;
- How to identify what your church is known for;
- How to reach out to the local community.
This course is available Feb. 29 to April 11 for $29, and can be completed in six weeks. Pre-registration is required and no participants will be admitted once the class begins.