July 6, 2016

Convert Church Facebook Profiles to Pages

Updated July 9 with link to convert profile to page.  If your congregation has a Facebook presence set up as a profile (person with “friends”) rather than a page (with “likes”) or a group (with “members”), take note: We have recently heard from a couple of congregations whose accounts have been locked and asked to provide a...

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April 8, 2016

Synod Video Receives National Honor

Promo for Living Gospel Ministries wins DeRose-Hinkhouse Award for Communications Excellence. Bob Fisher, assistant to the bishop for mission interpretation and communications, has been recognized by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) for his work producing an informational video about Living Gospel Ministries. The DeRose-Hinkhouse Award reception was held in New York City on March 31, 2016,...

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February 9, 2016

Using Images In Your Church’s Communications

photographer - unsplash Images are worth at least 1,000 words in today’s digital communications. Photos and videos give viewers of your web and social media presence a sense of who you are as a congregation. But because of concern for the safety of children and the privacy of members, use of images can pose challenges. In this article we’ll...

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August 27, 2015

Emergency Contact Systems For Your Church

By Bob Fisher Assistant to the Bishop for Mission Interpretation/Communication   The school/program year is fast approaching – which means that winter isn’t far behind. Remember last year’s sudden Sunday morning icing event? Does your church have a plan for notifying members in case of foul weather schedule changes or other emergencies? The tried-and-true phone...

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July 13, 2015

Tell Your Story Through Images

We live in a visual culture, so you’re missing a big opportunity if you don’t use images to tell your church’s story. People respond to images. Facebook posts, web pages, e-mails and even print pieces draw more attention and shares when there is a compelling image. Recent research shows that the average person has an attention...

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May 9, 2015

Forward Together in Faith: Communicating

So many communications channels are available today, and they all can be used to share the Gospel. And therein lies the challenge for the church, says the Rev. Keith Anderson of Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, author of The Digital Cathedral. Introducing the Communicating component of Forward Together in Faith, Anderson noted that fewer people know...

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February 3, 2015

Ministry Partner: Communicators’ Network

Together as SEPA Synod we confidently declare it’s “God’s Work – Our Hands”.  Those of us who work in SEPA’s Communicator Network declare further that it’s “God’s Message – Our Channels” Who is a “communicator”?  It’s anyone in our congregations who is working in: Print communications Email Web and social media Video Multimedia for worship...

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April 21, 2014

Communicating Effectively in a Digital Age

Amplify your message at this FREE communicators workshop! The SEPAComm Network gathering on Saturday, May 17 will be a time of learning, conversation and networking. Michael Moore of AugsburgFortress will offer an informative presentation on copyrights: an important issue for anyone working with newsletters, websites, social media, and video. Marsha Pearson, a local representative of ConstantContact,...

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April 2, 2014

Share Your Mission Story

Share Your Congregation’s Story in Video! God’s work. Our hands. SEPA congregations live into this vision of the ELCA week after week, year after year. “God’s work. Our hands.” is the theme of this year’s Synod Assembly. We’d like to feature some of your stories of bringing this vision to life through community service, faith formation,...

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January 25, 2014

Practice Discipleship – Inculturating the Gospel & When Necessary Use Words

Inculturating the Gospel & When Necessary Use Words is the second training session for Practice Discipleship. This is an opportunity for all congregational leaders to embrace a time to be faithful, thoughtful and intentional for ministry in the 21st Century. Learn more and register at https://community.ministrylink.org/practicediscipleship. For more information download the flyer – PracticeDiscipleship Inculturating the Gospel: The gospel...

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January 17, 2014

Share the Right Address

With all the digital tools available to help us navigate, it’s important that you identify your church in ways that allow people to use GPS or web mapping services to find you, while respecting local knowledge and traditions. Always use a full address in your publicity, including zip code, to make it easy for people...

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November 11, 2013

Youth Ministry Networking Lunch

Spending time with other youth ministers is an invaluable support in our work with young people. You are invited to join other youth workers from our synod for a time of fellowship, food, networking, prayer, conversation, a devotion and renewal. The locations of the monthly networking luncheon change each month. The luncheons are generally held from 12:30...

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October 26, 2013

From Guttenberg to Zuckerberg

The Center for Pastoral Counseling (Springfield, Delaware) has recently announced a full-day seminar entitled “From Guttenberg to Zuckerberg: How Social Media is Changing the Church.” The seminar is designed  specifically to help pastors and interested laypersons enhance their use of social media. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Keith Anderson, pastor of Upper Dublin...

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October 16, 2013

How Is Your Congregation Website?

Are you satisfied with your congregation website? At last Sunday’s Communicators’ Network Gathering, Bob Fisher shared tips for congregations looking to evaluate their existing website or develop a new site. Websites are a key portal that visitors use to find and evaluate congregations, Fisher says. Many adults use web searches instead of telephone books or...

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October 15, 2013

Youth Ministry Networking

Spending time with other youth ministers is an invaluable support in our work with young people. You are invited to join other youth workers from our synod for a time of fellowship, food, networking, prayer, conversation, a devotion and renewal. The locations of the monthly networking luncheon change each month. The luncheons are generally held from 12:30...

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October 13, 2013

SEPA Communicators Network Gathering

SEPA Communicators Network Gathering Sunday, Oct. 13 2-4 pm Advent Lutheran Church, Harleysville FREE – Register online at https://community.ministrylink.org/sepacomm Join us for a time of learning, networking and encouragement. Bob Fisher, assistant to the bishop for mission interpretation, will share ideas to increase the value of your communications ministry. We’ll explore ways to tell your...

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October 8, 2013

Parish Secretaries Seminar

Registration is now open for the annual Parish Secretaries’ Seminar October 8-9 at the DoubleTree Resort & Conference Center in Lancaster, PA. The theme for this year’s seminar is “Many Hands Make Light Work.” In addition to workshops on developing office procedures, effective communications and handling volunteers, secretaries will enjoy time for worship, devotions and...

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September 23, 2013

Systems Training in Upper Bucks

Family Systems training for clergy, religious leaders, and pastoral counselors will again be offered for the 2013-2014 school year through the Princeton Family Center for Education (PFCE).  This continuing education training grew out of the interest of Rostered Leaders in the Upper Bucks Conference last year, and brought together an enthusiastic ecumenical mix of leaders...

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September 19, 2013

Immigration Task Force Conference Call

Help Shape State Policy on Behalf of Immigrants To better support congregations and synods in their efforts to stand for welcome, LAMPa is convening a statewide task force to work on immigration-related issues before the state legislature. The Rev. Linda Theophilus from Southwest Pennsylvania Synod has graciously agreed to lead our group. Anyone interested in...

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April 15, 2009

Build a web of relationships

Today relationships happen as much using technology as in person. That’s the theme of A Renewal Enterprise’s next “4th Tuesday webinar” on April 28. Special guest will be Bob Fisher, SEPA's assistant to the bishop for mission interpretation and communications, who will share insight into the importance of using these tools to connect with people today.