Introducing the Co+Create Network
for Church Admins and Communicators!
Whether you are a church staff member, clergy, or volunteer, if you do any administrative or communications work for your church, this group is for you!
Our goal is to build a community of church admins and communications people who feel radically connected, share resources with one another, and feel equipped and empowered to lead their church in the 21st century.
We will meet monthly via Zoom online video conferencing. Zoom is super easy to use, here’s a short video on how to get started. Our meetings will typically take place on the third Thursday of the month from 4:00-5:00 pm. Registration for each meeting will be free, but space will be limited so you’ll need to register in advance. An email containing the Zoom link will be sent out to registrants shortly before each meeting.
What to Expect
We will plan to have 30-40 minutes of training, followed by open time for discussion and questions. All levels of technology users are welcome, our workshops will be engaging for beginners to intermediate users.
Complete Schedule for 2019:
- August 20, 9:00-4:00 pm – Intro to Videography Workshop
Spend time learning about lens, lighting, white balance, depth of field, and more. Work with a team to create your own video, and learn as we do it together. Utilize standard video editing tools on your laptop to put together your finished video. No prior experience necessary!
- September 19, 4:00 pm – Facebook for Churches
We will cover the basics of how to use your church’s Facebook page to encourage new visitors and promote engagement among your current church members. We will go over what and how often to post, how to schedule posts in advance, how to create and promote events, how to share posts from and tag other organizations, and more.
· Download the Facebook for Churches Guide
· Download the September Graphics Bundle
- October 17, 4:00 pm – Using Free Design Software for Better Graphics
You don’t need a design degree or expensive software to make incredible graphics for your social media posts, newsletters, and Sunday bulletins. We will work together to create stunning, high-quality graphics for upcoming church events using free online design tools Canva and Pixabay. We’ll learn by doing and then post your graphic to your church’s Facebook page.
· Download the Using Free Design Software for Better Graphics Guide
· Download the October Graphics Bundle
- November 14, 4:00 pm – Website Best Practices
What makes a good website? What info needs to be on your home page? How should pages be organized? All these questions and more will be answered during this month’s meeting. We’ll discuss essential website best practices and what you can do to improve your online presence even if you don’t have a lot of time to update your site.
· Download the Website Best Practices Guide
· Download the November Graphics Bundle
- December 12, 4:00 pm – Intro to Sermon Video Recording and Streaming
We will go over the basic components of how to film and stream sermons on your church website, Youtube, or Facebook. We will discuss options for equipment, video editing, and uploading and posting videos. This will be an overview of the topic with the intention of a more in-depth, in-person videography workshop being offered in 2020.
· Registration is free, but space is limited. Registration Coming Soon
· Download the December Graphics bundle. Coming Soon
Can’t make the meeting? No problem, if you sign up for the Co+Create Newsletter, you will receive a written guide outlining the basics of the month’s training, PLUS tons of additional resources including more training opportunities, premade holiday and event graphics, ready-to-use copy for national UCC events, and much, much more! Sign up and start improving your church communications today!
Did You Know?
You can always reach out to Daryl Schreiber, Manager of Communication and Databases for the Rocky Mountain Conference, any time to schedule a one-on-one training session on any topic pertaining to church technology and communications. To request time with Daryl, send her an email.