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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January 13, 2015

MinistryLink Updates Jan. 13

King Day Service Opportunity You can help Lutheran Settlement House’s Jane Addams Place for the MLK Day of Service Jan. 19. Tasks include organizing the donations room, cleaning hallways, arts and crafts with the kids, and cleaning the Bright Spaces kids room. Projects run 9 am to noon at Jane Addams Place, 25 S. 43rd...

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January 5, 2015

Connecting Web of Faith Feb. 7

The Upper Bucks Conference will host “Connecting the Web of Faith,” a learning day for church leaders, on Feb. 7 from 9 am to 3 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 19 10th St., Quakertown. Keynote speaker is Keith Anderson, author of the forthcoming book “The Digital Cathedral” and co-author of “Click2Save: The Digital Ministry...

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September 29, 2014

Introducing a New MinistryLink

This fall we are introducing a series of bulletin inserts that share stories of mission and ministry across the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and keep you in touch with key Synod ministries. Download this issue as a PDF that you can print or email at http://ministrylink.org/oct14.       In this inaugural issue, you can read...

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September 3, 2014

Tell Your ELCA Day of Service Story

SEPA Synod wants to tell the story of how we serve together on “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, Sept. 7. Because projects are spread across the Synod at the same time, we need your help to tell the story. Please take photos and/or video and capture the story of your service project(s) by interviewing participants and the...

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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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For more information about Synod programs and communications, or for help with communications issues in your congregation, contact:
Bob Fisher
Assistant to the Bishop for Communication and Mission Interpretation

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