UMC Online Training: Register Through Aug. 30 for Web Ministry, Welcoming, Connectional Giving
August 08, 2012
Registration is open through Thursday, Aug. 30
Start each course when it best fits your schedule and move at your own pace. Each course includes four to six weeks of instruction. A course facilitator will respond to your work and answer questions via forums.
No participants will be admitted after Thursday, Aug. 30 or if a course becomes full.
Web Ministry 100: What Is Web Ministry?
- Develop an online network of relationships to support your work in web ministry.
- Define and use web and Internet technology terms.
- Apply the biblical and theological principles for developing a web ministry. These are rooted in the traditions, ministry, and mission of The United Methodist Church.
- Identify ways people engage with web and Internet technology on a daily basis. Determine the implications and applications of these for your web ministry.
A participant said, "The user-centered design steps really helped me to focus my energies in an organized manner. I also benefited a lot from the section on John Wesley and the theological basis for ministry."
Welcoming Ministry 100
- Learn to be a welcoming, hospitable congregation.
- Identify and enlist congregants for your church's welcoming ministry.
- Assess what your church does well in welcoming – as well as areas for improvement.
- Identify what your church is known for.
- Reach out to the local community.
One participant said, "It was great to share ideas with others, [and] see their successes and struggles. The class helped me define where our needs are and ways to proceed from here."
Turning Connectional Living into Connectional Giving
- Become a missional storyteller – describing the differences the church makes in the world and how giving makes that possible.
- Learn what the apportioned and designated funds are – and the difference between them.
- "Make the ask" in your congregation.