Friday, July 22, 2016

Help Spread the Word about St. Stephen!

St. Stephen UMC's development plan, "Three Ways to Grow," emphasizes raising our visibility and creating new partnerships in the community through communications. We've been developing a consistent look for all our communications outlets, along with a set of editorial guidelines. We're far enough along in our planning that we're ready to expand the volunteer team that will help make St. Stephen better known as the faith community that lives out God's unconditional love for all.

We're looking at all our social media as "channels" and we need at least three people who like to do creative work. We're calling the folks who take on these tasks "coordinators" because they'll be interacting with one another, with St. Stephen Church members and with the greater Dallas-area community. This sounds like a lot when we read it, but in reality it usually takes only a few minutes.

Fluid App Coordinator. Yes, we're finally getting this "smartphone" app up and running. The Fluid App Coordinator would be responsible for sending out notices of St. Stephen activity on a regular basis. This is more for "internal" communication, but also can reach folks in the wider community.

Twitter Coordinator. This volunteer should have a working knowledge of Twitter, including the use of hashtags to make sure that St. Stephen gets its message of God's unconditional love for all into the Twitterverse.

Facebook Coordinators. John Astle, a new "semi-retiree," has taken on the task of keeping our Facebook page updated, but this is a major channel for us and could use more than one volunteer. We want to post on Facebook every day, and we want to include more faith-based material in addition to the social justice activities we've been posting. Having more than one person on this task, using guidelines that are written into the Communications plan, will benefit St. Stephen enormously.

Communications Chair Cynthia Astle will continue as webmistress for St. Stephen's website, which will be the center of our communications plan. We want to direct people to our website from all our "channels," because the website will be the key source for detailed information about St. Stephen.

To volunteer as a coordinator, contact Cynthia Astle. As soon as we have enough volunteers, we'll schedule half a day of instruction with Cynthia, who has been managing all our channels to date, to train volunteers on how to create and post content on the various outlets.

Please help us spread the word about the great faith community of St. Stephen!

1 comment:

  1. These are some positive steps taken by the St. Stephen's Church to include modernity and technology in their religious teachings. This will allow them to effectively reach the younger generation.