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Weeklong celebration showcases ministry success powered by communications (UMCom)

United Methodist Communications will celebrate the power of effective communication to drive successful ministry during Communications Impact Week (September 12-16, 2022). The event will showcase how communication resources and tools are empowering ministry near and far — shared via their website and social media channels throughout the week.

“The pandemic not only changed how many churches do ministry, but it also underscored the vital importance of communication in connecting people with the church,” said Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. “We recognize that members may not be aware of the work done behind-the-scenes to equip ministry through communications. We hope they’ll be inspired about how these efforts are having a real-life impact.”

In 2021 alone, UMCom served 1,900+ local churchestrained 2,000 church leaders, garnered 459 million advertising impressions, serviced 900,000 text messages, supported 1.67 million social media followers and had 14.6 million web page views.

“Each of these numbers represents ministries and individuals who have been touched through communications, and that’s not an all-inclusive list,” adds Krause.

Churches seeking to expand their outreach can find encouragement from what others are experiencing:

“All thanks to [resources] and training we got and continue to get from UMCom, we’re going to be able to offer hybrid worship to expand our ministry.” – Rev. Marilyn Weller, Pine Grove UMC, Winston-Salem, NC

“The United Methodist Communications team was patient, professional and very helpful in helping us decide exactly what we needed for our new church website.” – Sheila Keith of Splendora UMC, Splendora, TX

“What our Conference in partnership with UMCom did in establishing billboards inviting people into our midst is history in the making for our church. This is true evangelism in today’s world. Growth of the church is inevitable. These billboards have brought souls to Christ.” – William Gasseler, Central District Delegate to the Central Conference, South Africa Annual Conference

“They are a remarkable group of people helping us communicate and helping us do what we do as a denomination and I am profoundly grateful for them.” – Rev. Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor, Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS