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Local church communication resources and best practices

Communication is a ministry — and the Communications department has discovered many resources and best practices over the years that can help churches share Good News and engage communities in the work of the local church. The resources described below can help get you started, troubleshoot challenges or kick your communications and marketing efforts up a notch.

The Art of Story
This site by United Methodist Communications provides ideas, tools, training and planning templates to:

  • market and grow your church;
  • social media tips and training;
  • website tips and training;
  • storytelling assets,
  • and learning resources.

MyCom brings you share-worthy tips and videos on church communications, outreach, worship and new technology. Designed for pastors, church leaders and staff, MyCom delivers information relevant to your job roles and interest areas. Provided by United Methodist Communications.

UMC Micro-Trainings
Available online, any time! United Methodist Communications offers affordable online training courses, with professional instruction available on YOUR time. Micro-trainings are a learning method designed to deliver effective content in a time frame ranging from 15 - 20 minutes. These "burst of knowledge" or micro-trainings will equip you with communication practices that you can start applying to your congregations today.

Social media strategy templates
Whether it’s your first time running social media for a church, or you’re just looking to boost your online profile, social media templates will save you valuable time and effort. Hootsuite created six templates to help you on every leg of your journey—from planning and message scheduling, to publishing and results tracking.

Church Marketing is one of the most dynamic websites on church marketing and communications. It is overflowing with frequent new posts on best practices, free resources, branding advice and words of wisdom contributed by church communicators

Social media blog archives
Access the archived blogs of Social Media 101, blogged by communication staffers at the Florida Conference about trends, new ideas and best practices for social media.

Social media tutorials from
Knowing how to use social media channels is an essential skill of modern life. Fortunately, there are free tutorials to help those who have no prior experience using social media.

Advertise staff openings at your church, and connect with special offers and opportunities from all around the conference.

Free graphics
There are a number of website with free-to-use images for download with no strings attached. Here is a list of three we have used in the past. Make sure to check their terms of service policies for updates, to be certain whether accreditation is required.