The eMinistry Network              

                                   Connecting the Church in Ministry

 

    Home About Us R&D Team Contact Us  
 

Home
Classes
Leaders
FAQ
Resources
Links
Donate!

 

 

 

 

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter

 

 

 

Registration and

Fee Policies

 


Congregational Ministry Center

Faith & Environment Center

Presbyterian Women

 

 

 

The Outreach Ministry Center                                      

Providing training, support and resources for outreach ministry

 

 

 

UPCOMING CLASSES:

 

 

 

 

 

PAST CLASSES:

 

Specialized outreach ministry topics:

Ministry to the divorced

Hunger/food ministries

Hometown Hunger:  A Guide to Fixing the Holes in the Nutrition Safety Net

College/Campus Ministry

Parish-Based Campus Ministry:  Reaching Out to Your Local College Community

Ministry to the elderly

Reaching out to the public school

Singles Ministry

Creating A Singles-Friendly Congregation:  Ministry To and With Single Adults

Teaching job skills to ex-offenders

Reading & literacy

Animal welfare ministry

Animal Welfare and the Church

Housing/shelter programs

Health education, health services

Health Ministry in the Small Church:  An Introduction

Mental Illness education & support services

Global Mission

The Millennium Development Goals:  What Are They, and Why Should Christians Care?

The Millennium Development Goals: Strategies and Resources for Adult Education 

Progress and Strategies for Millennium Development Goal 1:  Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger

Peace & Justice ministries

 

 

General outreach ministry topics:

 

Good Works:  Getting Church Members Active in Outreach Ministry
Building visibility within your congregation
The Whys and Hows of Community Research
How to do a parish “ministry fair”
How to do a congregational survey for outreach
Key ingredients of successful outreach projects
Communications

The Ministry of Communications:  Developing a Communications Plan for your Congregation

Writing a press release  (Or, How To Get your Spaghetti Supper the News It Deserves)

e-Newsletters for Dummies   (or just beginners!)

How to network with other churches in your community
How to network with community agencies
Models of outreach ministry
Creative ways to fund an outreach ministry
Evaluating your outreach project
Record-Keeping:  how and why!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ministry of Communications:                                   

Developing a Communications Plan for Your Congregation 

 

 

Leader:    Richelle Thompson

 

Date:        Last offered Thursday, September 4, 2008

 

Time:        8:00 to 9:30 pm Eastern (90-minute teleclass)   --  7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

 

Cost:        $15.00   

 

Class size:  Limited to 12

 

Class#:      OMC-110

 

All too often communication is considered an afterthought to a project or something extra to do if a congregation has money to spare (ha). This class will explore why communication should play a critical role in the planning stages of every ministry or program.  It will help you develop a communications plan that can inform and assist in ministry and program decisions. A good communications plan really is about having a good plan for ministry. After all, sharing -- communicating -- the Good News of Jesus should be our focus.

 

This class will look at a sample communication plan developed by a pastoral-size congregation in Southern Ohio. In the first year of implementation, the congregation experienced significant growth, found that decisions on where to spend money and other resources were easier and became energized by the new momentum. And they did all this with very little additional spending.

 

You'll learn

Research:  Demographics, conducting a community survey, gauging congregational interest, history of the community and congregation

Audience:  Who's your target audience?  Who is most likely to respond?  Who do you want to respond?

Communications:  Learn about different communication tools (both inexpensive and big-budget options)

Evaluation:  After you've implemented your plan, how is it working? What needs to be tweaked?

 

We'll also talk about how to get people onboard with your new plan.
 

 

Richelle Thompson is director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio.  She has led the diocese in a complete overhaul of its communication department and launched a comprehensive marketing plan with TV and print ads being used by congregations throughout the country. These efforts have received numerous awards from Episcopal Communicators and other groups. 

 

Richelle is a member of the Episcopal Church's Standing Committee on Communications and a Province V communications specialist.  Before joining the diocesan staff in 2001, Richelle had spent nearly a decade as a newspaper reporter, including working at two metropolitan newspapers, the Dayton Daily News and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Write A Press Release                                           

(Or, How To Get Your Spaghetti Supper the News It Deserves)

 

 

Leader:    Richelle Thompson

 

Date:        Last offered Monday, September 15, 2008

 

Time:        8:00 pm Eastern (one hour teleclass)   --  7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

 

Cost:        $15.00   

 

Class size:  Limited to 12

 

Class#:      OMC-111

 

 

Getting the attention of the local newspaper without resorting to murder or mayhem can be a test of patience and endurance!  In this class, you'll learn how to write press releases that will get the attention of the local newspaper. 

 

We'll talk about what type of events are newsworthy, what to include in a press release, when to send the releases and how to follow up with the reporters.  We'll look at a sample release and then write some of our own. 

 

We'll also talk about the importance of making friends with people who buy their ink by the barrel -- and how to use newspapers as evangelism tools.

 

 

 

Richelle Thompson is director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio.  She has led the diocese in a complete overhaul of its communication department and launched a comprehensive marketing plan with TV and print ads being used by congregations throughout the country. These efforts have received numerous awards from Episcopal Communicators and other groups. 

 

Richelle is a member of the Episcopal Church's Standing Committee on Communications and a Province V communications specialist.  Before joining the diocesan staff in 2001, Richelle had spent nearly a decade as a newspaper reporter, including working at two metropolitan newspapers, the Dayton Daily News and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

 

 

 

 

e-Newsletters for Dummies  (or just beginners!)                     

 

 

Leader:     Laurie Wozniak

 

Date:         Last offered Thursday, September 18, 2008 

 

Time:         1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern  (90-minute teleclass)   --  beginning at 12:00 noon Central, 11:00 am Mountain, 10:00 am Pacific

 

Cost:          $15.00        Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:  Limited to 12

 

Class#:        OMC-114

 

 

The newest generation of e-newsletters can deliver news from your diocese, parish or organization directly to your members' inboxes in an engaging, colorful fashion.  E-newsletters allow timely and flexible communication to targeted audiences and are easy to prepare and send.  Plus, e-newsletters help you trim postage and paper costs.

 

This class will help you become acquainted with the various ways you can use e-newsletters.  See how easy it is to create an e-newsletter and learn how your small congregation can publish one free.  Get tips that can help make your e-newsletter more effective.  Plus, discover how your e-news can serve all your parish members -- whether they have email or not.

 

This beginner's workshop is geared for those who do not currently publish an e-newsletter.

 

 

   Laurie Wozniak has served as the Communication Officer for the Diocese of Western New York since 1996.  She also edits In Prov2, the newsletter for Province II.  An active member of Episcopal Communicators, she served on the board of directors and was president of the organization from 2004-2007.  She is honored to have received numerous Polly Bond Awards, which recognize excellence in Episcopal Church communications, for her print, electronic and web work.

 

 

 

 

 

Good Works:  Getting Church Members Active in Outreach Ministry

 

                                                                                                               

Leader:    Bob Runkle                                                                                                                            

 

Date:       Last offered April 2008

 

Time:        7:30 pm Eastern  (a 90-minute hour teleclass)   -- 6:30 pm Central, 5:30 pm Mountain, 4:30 pm Pacific

 

                  Please be sure to reflect the time zone differences when you put the class on your calendar!

 

Cost:       $15.00     (group discount available for 3 or more people from one congregation)

 

Class#:    OMC-100

 

 

 

Do you want to help your congregation get started on a new outreach project?  Do you feel God's "call" to help do Christ's work in the world -- or have a ministry passion you want to share -- but are uncertain how to start?  

 

This class is for you if you want to get involved with outreach, but 

there is no group at your congregation to work with
you're not sure which outreach ministry you should choose
you don’t know how to get others in your congregation to join you

In this ninety-minute class of presentation and discussion, we’ll explore step-by-step ideas for starting a hands-on outreach ministry.  You’ll learn how to

 

research and identify your community’s ministry needs
pick a community organization to partner with OR start a brand-new outreach ministry
raise awareness in your congregation about your outreach project
invite people to join in the project as volunteers and leaders
communicate, communicate, communicate!

 

 

This training is made possible in part by funds from the Roanridge Trust, administered through the Office of Congregational Development of the Episcopal Church Center,815 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10017.   Please click here for additional important information about eMinistry's Roanridge projects. 

 

 

Bob Runkle is a lay outreach leader at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho  (outreach website:  www.stlukescares.com).  He has started major outreach projects in every parish he's ever been in -- most recently in parishes in the dioceses of Chicago and Maryland.   At St. Luke's he helped get the congregation involved in the hands-on ministry of a weekly food and activities program for local children, working with St. Vincent de Paul's Transitional Housing facility in Coeur d'Alene.  Recently St. Luke's has become one of 16 Episcopal congregations across the country who are working together to help Trinity Church in Pass Christian, Mississippi, recover from Hurricane Katrina.  St. Luke's has raised over $8,000 to cover the travel and materials costs for two trips to help with the recovery effort. 

 

back to top

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                        

The Millennium Development Goals:                                                

What Are They, and Why Should Christians Care?                                      

 

 

Leader:    Lallie B. Lloyd 

 

Date:        Last offered in 2007

 

Time:        8:00 pm EST  (one hour teleclass)   --  7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

 

Cost:        $12.00 

 

Class size:  Limited to 12

 

Class#:      OMC-104

 


Many Christians around the world see a connection between the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and our Christian call to feed the hungry and heal the sick.  People of all faiths work towards the MDGs through micro-finance, malaria prevention, women's  health and healing the environment, among many other ways.

At General Convention in Columbus this June, the Episcopal Church embraced the MDGs as our top mission priority for the next  three years. Church leaders called on each diocese, congregation and parishioner to give 0.7 percent of their income towards the  MDGs every year, and urged each diocese to set up a global reconciliation commission to mobilize and encourage Episcopalians to  work for the MDGs.

This class will introduce the MDGs in the context of a global church called to address global challenges through local 

and civic  action.  The class will address some tough questions ("What about over-population?" "Why do we think we can end global poverty?")  and explore concrete actions dioceses, congregations and individuals are taking towards achieving the goals.

 



  Lallie B. Lloyd is an independent consultant on ecumenical solutions to global poverty. She is chair of the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism, and was a founding board member of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation.  She is the author of Eradicating Global Poverty: A Christian Study Guide on the Millennium Development Goals, a study guide released by the National Council of Churches USA.  She has an MBA from the Wharton School and a Masters of Theological Studies from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.  She has three young adult children and recently moved from Lexington, MA to Chapel Hill, NC.


 

 

Health Ministry in the Small Church:                 click here to tell us you're interested 

An Introduction                                                                                                                                    

 

Jointly sponsored by National Episcopal Health Ministries, The Episcopal Church Center Office of Congregational Development and The eMinistry Network.

                                      

 

Leaders:       Maryfran Crist

 

Date:            Last offered in 2007

 

Time:            8:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass)

 

Cost:            $12.00

 

Class size:    Limited to 12

 

Class#:         OMC-NEHM-100

 

 

Health Ministry in a local congregation is an intentional ministry focusing on both healing and health, and combining the ancient traditions of the Christian community and the knowledge and tools of modern health care.  This introductory class will have a focused presentation of information along with plenty of time for questions and answers.

 

Who should attend?    

Anyone from a small congregation (average Sunday attendance of 70 or less) who is interested in learning about health ministries and how to incorporate health ministry as part of pastoral care and outreach in their congregation

 

What will you learn?  

Understand the definition of health ministry
Learn the process for beginning a health ministry in your congregation
Understand how to implement and evaluate a health ministry
Identify resources available to you for beginning a health ministry

 

 

  Maryfran Crist is Regional Representative for National Episcopal Health Ministries and a parish 

nurse in rural Illinois. She has been a registered nurse for over 25 years and a parish nurse since 1994.  Currently 

she balances her work between a rural health center in LaSalle County Illinois as a family nurse practitioner, an 

asthma educator and as a parish nurse for a cluster ministry of four small Episcopal churches.

 

Maryfran has worked with multi-staff churches as well as very small churches and feels that health ministry is for all 

churches.  She speaks throughout the Midwest as well as leading workshops from finding joy to dealing with grief. 

In her spare time, she enjoys time with her husband John, an Episcopal priest, is a clown (Marygold) and plays with 

eight grandsons.

 

 

 

Hometown Hunger:                                                                    

A Guide to Fixing the Holes in the Nutrition Safety Net    

 

 

Leaders:   Cassie Dewey and Joanne Heidkamp

 

 

Date:         Offered in 2007

 

Time:        8:00 pm Eastern (one hour teleclass)   --  7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

 

Cost:        $10.00

 

Class size:  Limited to 12

 

Class#:      OMC-109

 

Hunger in a land of plenty is an injustice which has health and economic consequences that affect all of us. In the United States, one in five children and one in ten elders live in households that occasionally or frequently run out of food.  These families depend on the local nutrition safety net, which includes food stamps, school meals, the local food shelf, and other public and private nutrition assistance programs.

 

Local organizations – especially faith communities – often focus on “canned goods and soup kitchen” ministries.  With awareness of other essential nutrition safety net programs – such as the Summer Food Program for school-aged children – congregations can have a profound impact on the strength and availability of these programs in their communities.

 

You and your congregation can become an effective advocate for nutrition assistance programs.  This workshop will provide you with the information you need to take the first steps in assessing the effectiveness of your local food and nutrition safety net.  It will give you the resources to create a practical and comprehensive approach to addressing hunger in your community.

 

 

Cassie Dewey is an intern at the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger.  She is double-majoring in Public Policy and Religious Studies at Saint Michael's College in Vermont, where she is a senior.  

 

Joanne Heidkamp is the Program Director for The Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger.  She works to help Vermont organizations and congregations identify gaps in community nutrition services and respond with creative education and enrichment programs.  Click here for a 2004 interview with Joanne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Welfare and the Church                                            click here to tell us you're interested

 

Leader:   Rebecca Deinsen

 

Date:      Last offered in 2006

 

Time:      7:00 pm Eastern (one hour class)   --  6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

 

Cost:      TBA

 

Class#:   OMC-105

 

Animal advocacy connects closely with many existing ministries and organizations in the Church. But it also stands alone as a unique entity.  This class -- geared towards animal welfare advocates and skeptics alike -- will look at the issue of animal welfare in the light of our Christian faith:

 

Are animal welfare concerns relevant and important to the life and ministry of the Church?

 

What does the Bible and Church history have to say about the place of animals in God's Kingdom?

 

What is the responsible Christian response to the animal rights movement of secular culture?

 

What are practical, tangible ways that you and your congregation can be good stewards of the animals of God's creation?

 

What effective educational and program resources on animal welfare are available for use in congregations?

 

 

 

Rebecca Deinsen has been the Associate Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Worthington, Ohio since May 2004.   She is the co-founder of the Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare.  (Click here for the Episcopal News Service article on the creation of ENAW.)   

 

Rebecca received her Master of Divinity through the Graduate Theological Union in 1999 and a Master in Anglican Studies in 2003. She was ordained to the priesthood in November 2003 while serving as the Episcopal Campus Chaplain at the University of Michigan.  Rebecca enjoys writing, creating websites, Franciscan and Celtic spirituality, animal welfare ministry, dancing, reading, postmodern ministry, and traveling.

 

 

back to top

 

 

 

Creating a Singles-Friendly Congregation:                       

Ministry To and With Single Adults                      

 

 

 

Leader:   Kay Collier-McLaughlin

 

Date:      Last offered March 2007

 

Time:      7:00 pm Eastern (one hour class)   --  6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

 

Cost:      $20.00     (group discount available for 3 or more people from one congregation)

 

Class#:   OMC-106

 

 

How would you like to use the strengths of your Episcopal faith to attract and minister with the fastest growing segment of the population of the United States:  single adults, post- formal education through post-retirement?  Perhaps you have thought about ministry with the always single, the divorced, and the widowed, but it all seems too complex, both theologically and programatically?  Join us in considering the great benefits as well as the challenges of this important ministry -- whatever the size of your congregation.  

 

This class is designed for:  Lay and clergy leaders, particularly those interested in evangelism, church growth and Christian formation

 

As a result of this class, you’ll come away with

Facts about singles in our population that impact efforts in evangelism and church growth
An understanding of the issues, concerns and spiritual needs of single adults
Awareness of how your own congregation can become "single friendly"
Connections with others who serve as additional resources or partners in singles ministry

Kay Collier McLaughlin, Ph.D. is Director of Communications and Ministries with Single Adults for the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington (in Kentucky.She is the founder and national coordinator of Solo Fight Conferences.  She is the author of Single in the Church: New Ways to Minister with 52% of God’s People, the only book on ministry with single adults written from an Episcopal perspective.   Her curriculum for Re-writing My Story for those who have experienced brokenness of relationship and are starting a new phase of their lives is offered quarterly in the Diocese of Lexington, and is used by several parishes.

 

Kay is widely known in both Episcopal and other denominational circles as a leadership trainer and presenter.   She continues to advocate nationally for ministry with single adults to become a funded ministry in the national Episcopal Church.

 


 

 

The Millennium Development Goals:

Strategies and Resources for Adult Education

 

 

 

 

Leader:    Lallie B. Lloyd 

 

Date:        Last offered March 2007

 

Time:        8:00 pm Eastern  (one hour teleclass)   --  7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

 

Cost:        $14.00   (group discount available for 3 or more people from one congregation)

 

 

Class size:  Limited to 12

 

Class#:      OMC-107

 

Where does a congregation begin its journey to learn about the Millennium Development Goals? What resources are available to you as you begin to plan an adult education forum or program on the MDGs in your congregation?  

 

We’ll look at different ways of approaching the MDGs, and the strategies that have been particularly helpful in introducing parishioners to the eight goals.   You’ll come away with an outline for an adult education program, and suggested resources – both in print and on the internet – for you to explore and draw on as you plan your program. 

 

 

  Lallie B. Lloyd is an independent consultant on ecumenical solutions to global poverty. She is chair of the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism, and was a founding board member of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation.  She is the author of Eradicating Global Poverty: A Christian Study Guide on the Millennium Development Goals, a study guide released by the National Council of Churches USA.  She has an MBA from the Wharton School and a Masters of Theological Studies from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.  She has three young adult children and recently moved from Lexington, MA to Chapel Hill, NC.

 

 

 

 

Progress and Strategies for MDGs Goal 1:                           

Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger                     

 

      

Leader:    Lallie B. Lloyd 

 

Date:        Last offered March 2007

 

Time:        8:00 pm Eastern (one hour teleclass)   --  7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

 

Cost:        $14.00    (group discount available for 3 or more people from one congregation)

 

 

Class size:  Limited to 12

 

Class#:      OMC-108

 

 

What are some of the concrete ways in which individuals and congregations are responding to Goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals? This class will give specific and tangible examples of the progress that is being made and some of the success stories that can be told.  

 

We will look in detail at the targets for this goal, the range of ways individuals and groups are responding, and how progress towards the goal differs across countries. 

 

This class assumes participants will have an introductory awareness of the MDGs (see the introductory class:  The Millennium Development Goals:  What Are They, and Why Should Christians Care?)

 

 


  Lallie B. Lloyd is an independent consultant on ecumenical solutions to global poverty. She is chair of the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Domestic Mission and Evangelism, and was a founding board member of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation.  She is the author of Eradicating Global Poverty: A Christian Study Guide on the Millennium Development Goals, a study guide released by the National Council of Churches USA.  She has an MBA from the Wharton School and a Masters of Theological Studies from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.  She has three young adult children and recently moved from Lexington, MA to Chapel Hill, NC.

 

 

 

Parish-Based Campus Ministry:                                                click here to tell us you're interested   

Reaching Out to your Local College Community     

 

Leaders:   Donna McNiel and Heather Voss

 

Date:         Last offered in 2006       

 

Class#:     OMC-102

 

 

Are you in a congregation near a campus?  Do you want to know how your congregation can effectively reach out in ministry to the young adult students who are your neighbors?  

 

This class will explore reasons to get involved in campus ministry.  It will identify the unique needs, concerns and challenges of students, explore ways to connect with them and the wider college community, and suggest effective models for working with students to plan programs they (and you!) will be excited about.

 

 

  The Rev. Donna McNiel is the Episcopal Campus Minister at the University of Delaware (Episcopal Campus Ministry website) and parish assistant at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Newark, DE. 

 

 

The Rev. Heather Voss is the interim Episcopal Chaplain at Canterbury, the Episcopal/Anglican ministry at Northwestern University.  She is interested in leadership in the church and in the world, helping students define how they wish to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, conservation and right use of resources, science (especially geology) and the interaction between the scientific and religious communities. Canterbury - the chaplain and students together - serves as a resource to all who are discerning their vocations (lay or ordained) and how to best serve God doing that work. 

 

back to top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
   

Copyright © 2009  The eMinistry Network