Communication

SEPA Communication interprets the mission and ministries we share by telling our stories in writing, via web and social media, through video and audio, and other emerging media. We equip communicators in congregations through networking (such as our Facebook page), community, and offering training and consulting for congregational comm teams.

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Mission Interpretation provides a number of communications vehicles and services:

  • Latest communications news!
  • Latest communications resources!
  • MinistryLink.org, the Synod’s website, which provides news, the event calendar, resource downloads, and more to keep you connected with our Synod’s shared mission.
  • Social Media networking through our SEPA Synod Facebook page and Twitter feed (@SEPASynod).
  • MinistryLink e-newsletter, our twice-monthly email blasts with the latest on Synod happenings, learning events to enhance your ministry, resources from the ELCA, the seminary and other partners, and other information to help your congregation’s leaders work more effectively. Subscribe now!
  • Roster updates, occasional emails with special news, continuing education events and other resources for pastors, diaconal ministers, deaconesses and associates in ministry on our roster. Subscribe now!
  • Communications counsel to the bishop, synodical organization and its programs and committees.
  • Congregational communications consulting, including conversations about how the changing communications landscape impacts your ability to reach out to your community.
  • Media relations, our efforts to tell the story of our Church in the public media by building relationships with reporters and editors, issuing news releases and responding to reporters’ inquiries.
  • Ministry technology, including audiovisual and new media support for Synod programs and events (including Assembly, conference gatherings, FLY, etc.); consulting about audiovisual installations and the use of media in worship; and the use of the internet and social networking in ministry.
  • Crisis communications consulting for the Synod organization and congregations. If you are faced with a crisis situation that may involve public relations and the media, please contact Bob Fisher as soon as possible.

Equipping Congregations for Communications

SEPA Communications staff and volunteers are available for workshops and presentations for congregation and conference gatherings. Presentations are available on a variety of subjects, including navigating digital culture, creating and managing websites, using Facebook, Twitter and other social media, creating great presentations, and more. For information contact Bob Fisher.

We also Facebook networking groups for Congregational Communicators (anyone who serves in communications ministry, from editing newsletters to designing websites, from maintaining social media presence to A/V and worship tech) and for Congregation Council leaders. These are networking groups that help congregational leaders to ask questions, share resources and learn from each other. For more information contact Bob Fisher.

We also sponsor occasional in-person trainings and meet-ups for communicators.

Telling your story

If you have a story that may be of interest to the local and regional media, or if you receive a call from a reporter and wish advice, contact Bob at 267.323.3743 or via email.

If you have information that you want to distribute to the synod via MinistryLINK.org or an e-newsletter, send the information in writing, at least 4 weeks in advance of when you would like information to be distributed, to us via email. To help you generate your information, please consult these publicity guidelinesIf you have a flyer or registration form you’d like us to consider posting on the website, please send it to this address in Adobe Acrobat PDF or Microsoft Word format only.

To be considered for MinistryLink or the website each item must include a summary paragraph written in the format used in our e-newsletters. For examples visit the Archive website.

Staff

Robert Fisher

Assistant to the Bishop for Mission Interpretation and Communications

Bob manages mission interpretation and communications, including our Synod’s website, email newsletter, videos, and media relations. He assists congregations with crisis communications and loves to equip congregations to improve their communications. Contact Bob with stories of your congregation’s newsworthy activities or for consultation with worship media, emerging worship, outreach, and crisis communications issues. He can also provide workshops on web communications, understanding our digital culture, social media, and more.

Bob also facilitates our Synod’s network for congregational communicators (http://www.facebook.com/groups/sepacomm).

 

  • Phone: 267.323.3743 or 267.702.4262
  • Email: rfisher@sepa.org
  • Facebook: facebook.com/rwfisher
  • Skype: adia4a
  • Twitter: @adiaphora

Cynta Outterbridge

Communications Assistant and Database Manager

Mrs. Outterbridge handles day-to-day updates to the Synod website, ministrylink.org, and compiles the bi-weekly SEPANews e-mail updates. She also manages the Synod databases of rostered leaders, congregations, congregational contacts and other constituents and is the statistician for the Synod. Contact her with changes to your contact information. She is assistant to Mr. Fisher and provides computer support for Synod staff. She also provides support for Global Vision and Synod Events, serving as registrar for the Assembly, Convocation and other major events, and is assistant to Mrs. Carlson.

  • Phone: 267.323.3742
  • Email: coutterbridge@sepa.org

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