Communications Training

  • Ever feel like people aren’t getting your message?
  • Despite your best efforts, does someone still say, “I never heard about that”
  • Do you want to learn how to improve and strengthen your existing communications?

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, then our District Communications Training is for you!


Third Thursdays

Back for a third year is “Third Thursdays.” We will continue to meet on the Third Thursday of the month from 1-2:30 p.m. in the District Office’s 2nd floor conference room. Anyone is welcome at Third Thursdays, regardless of participation in previous sessions. Our conference room does fill up, so registration is required and limited seating is available.

Third Thursdays Communications Workshops return ‘in person’ on Thursday, October 17. Registration is open here: Register


Saturday, November 9

We will offer an all-day Communications Boot Camp for anyone interested in learning more about church communications. Lunch will be provided and registration is required. Cost: $10.

Boot Camp Topics: Communications Best Practices, Email Marketing, Facebook (pages, ads, groups), Easy Graphic Design, Print Communication, Websites, Texting, and What’s New in Church Comms.

Who Should Come?

These communications training sessions are designed for anyone who works on church bulletins, websites, newsletters, social media, and more! Send staff. Send volunteers. Come yourself. Communication is a critical part of ministry. These workshops and training sessions are designed to help your church learn best practices, ask questions, and improve your communication with your congregation and your community. 

Sessions will be lead by Cynthia Lopynski, Bi-District Program Coordinator and former Communications Director at Floris UMC and Kim Johnson, Bi-District Communications Coordinator and freelance web and print designer.
Questions? Contact Cynthia (cynthialopynski@vaumc.org) or Kim (kimjohnson@vaumc.org)


Communications Training Resources

Session 1:  Communications Best Practices

The files below are available for download as PDFs. If you are looking for editable versions, please visit our Third Thursdays Dropbox Folder HERE


Session 2:  Websites

Session 3:  Facebook

Session 4:  Facebook Advertising

Session 5:  Email Marketing

Session 6:  Easy Graphic Design