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VAUMC Communications Training Opportunities
Register for free webinars on February 26 and 28
The VAUMC Board of Communications will be offering two excellent training sessions for small churches with limited resources led by our friends at United Methodist Communications (UMCOM). Session one on February 26 will focus on leveraging email, text, and social media to communicate with your congregation and the community. Session two on February 28 will show you how UMCOM can help build and host a new website for your church or evaluate your current site, and share best practices for websites.

Monday, February 26, 7:00-8:00 pm, Zoom
Digital Communication for Small Churches with Limited Resources
Zoom Webinar Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PHnLPRI3R1-OVYHy_BmeRg

Churches of all sizes can leverage digital communications to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! Join us for a virtual training session to empower small church communicators. We’ll share best practices for simple, engaging email and SMS communications, plus give guidance for efficiently using social media to share your church’s story with a wider audience. What’s more, you can achieve all of this on a tight budget and with minimal staffing.

Kelly Tracy
After 14 years in higher education and language instruction, Kelly Tracy brought her curriculum planning and facilitation skills to her lifelong denominational home, the United Methodist Church. She will lead the February 26 webinar on Digital Communication. She lives in the metro Atlanta area with her husband and two sons, and she enjoys pottery, gardening, and hiking.

Wednesday, February 28, 1:00-2:00 pm, Zoom
Website Best Practices: Why it Matters for Outreach (& your sanity) 
Zoom Webinar Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2QS7AkibQ46h6C0Dnfpzqw 

This session will cover best practices for many aspects of your website including using photos for marketing, rules of design, simple auditing of your own website, and examples of good website design. It will also provide pricing and links to have UMCOM build or rebuild your church website. It is our hope that this session will help you learn to view your website as an online visitor and learn how to use it as a marketing tool for your church.

Pam Buck
Pam Buck has been with UMCOM since 2005 and building websites for churches since 2010. She has a passion for helping churches put their best (online) foot forward and use their website as an outreach tool to offer a welcoming presence in the community. Pam recently received the Shining Star Award at UMCOM from the leadership team for her work with local churches. In her spare time, she loves acting and singing in local theatre productions and is busy planning her daughter’s wedding in 2024.

Sara Pérez
Sara Pérez, Senior Local Church Services Specialist, is a graduate of Middle Tennessee University in Murfreesboro, TN. She served as Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Alive Hospice, a premier care provider in Middle Tennessee. Her daily duties at UMCOM include coaching churches on how to best position themselves in their communities through marketing tools, including website development and procurement of customized promotional items. In her spare time, she likes to read next to her dog Berto.

For questions and additional information, please contact Rachel Sanders, [email protected].

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