No Train, No Gain: Affordable, Virtual Training is at Your Fingertips

Date Posted: 10/23/2013

Could your church benefit from new insight on sharing personal stories of faith, developing relationships via the web, or learning to be more hospitable to existing and potential members? Members or groups can register by October 30 for any or all of these virtual and self-paced classes.

Continuous learning and improvement are characteristics of a vital congregation. The final five courses of 2013, offered by the United Methodist Communications online training group begin November 6 and conclude before Christmas, and most cost less than a nice dinner on the town.

·         Communicating Faith in the 21st Century will help participants use social media, and develop engaging testimonies to better reach out to the local community. Tune in and enjoy practical and proven ideas across the connection and learn to craft and share your personal story of faith.  Cost: $29

·         Web Ministry 100: The Basics will guide participants in the basic internet technology terms and how to apply biblical and theological principles to support an impactful web ministry. The class will teach ways to develop online relationships and share Methodist traditions in new ways. Cost: $49.

·         Tools for Increasing your Church’s Vitality is a course designed for new and seasoned pastors who want to develop an actionable plan for their congregation, with the help of coaching, encouragement and answers. Learn about the five fruitful behaviors of vital congregations and how to lead these into practice.  Curriculum is based on Jorge Acevedo’s best-selling book, Vital Churches Changing Communities and the World. Cost: $49

·         Welcoming Ministry 100 offers insight on assessing what your church does well, and identifying areas for improvement. It includes tips for enlisting members into a welcoming ministry and building bridges to the community as a hospitable congregation. Cost: $29.

·         Moodle 100will enlighten participants on this popular free software for e-learning that focuses on interaction and collaborative content. Churches can use this to facilitate real-time chats with the congregation, send surveys and share resources, but most importantly, to build community. Cost: $89.


For registration information (deadline October 30) visit