Enhanced Find-a-Church Features Now Available
NASHVILLE: Today’s tech-savvy seekers turn to the internet as their primary source for information. Local United Methodist churches can be prepared with an updated profile on Find-A-Church
, now enhanced with easily viewed events, social media, and worship information.
New Find-A-Church features include:
• GoogleMap with movable pin to exactly communicate location
• Links to social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and Instagram
• Updateable information about clergy
• Event listings for ministries in the church, including event-specific social media links; event management and registration functions are coming soon
• Calendar of information about day-to-day activities
• Optional link to Rethink Church national advertising message
• Easier formatting options for custom profile messages
To make it easier to update your Find-A-Church profile, United Methodist Communications is offering a series of step-by-step tutorial videos which are available online
There are 7,500 churches that have never updated their Find-A-Church profile, and more than 10,000 churches do not have a website.
In the Rio Texas Annual Conference, the Rev. Will Rice, Director of Communications and Media, is encouraging local churches to use Find-A-Church as part of a conference-wide “No Church Left Behind” digital initiative.
“We want all of our churches to have vibrant, up to date websites. Not all of them do. With Find-A-Church, it is free and easy for 100% of our churches to have a presence on the web. The common branding also strengthens our United Methodist presence in our communities. When congregations get their profiles up to date, I can link to them from the church directory housed on our conference website so that each and every congregation has a chance to share about their worship services, missions and ministries,” he said.
United Methodist Communications also offers web hosting services
starting at just $5 per month.
With 1,000 people visiting Find-A-Church each day, this service is a no-cost opportunity for increased web presence and outreach, helping to open the doors of every local church to the community.
Resources for Vital Congregations
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor
GBHEM Leadership Resources
Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church
Englewood Book Review
Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
Ted Talks: The Golden Circle
Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability
Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability
Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians
Be A Disciple
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network
Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations
Living As United Methodist Christians
Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials
Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today
John Wesley Sermons: Anthology
Get Their Name
Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit
Canoeing the Mountains
Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People
Community: The Structure of Belonging
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
Institute for Emerging Issues
Congregations 4 Children
The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants
The Duke Endowment
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.