Communication Tools

15 Basic Things You Need On Your Ministry Website

Use this checklist to evaluate your current website or to create your new website.

15 Things Not To Put On Your Website

Use this checklist to evaluate your current website. If you have any of these items, please consider removing them soon. Copyrighted materials are OK to post if you have permission to do so and don't remove the copyright information on the material.

How to Broadcast a Facebook Live Event

Content provided by Tech Soup.

Facebook Marketing Strategies for Nonprofits

This is a link to a search on Youtube for 'how-to' videos on marketing for nonprofits. The content may or may not apply to your congregation, but check it out and see what might work for you!

FreeDigitalPhotos

Quality stock photos for free...but only the small photo version. Larger versions may be purchased.

How To Create A One-Page Website In One Hour

Do you need a website? Yes. Do you need one that costs a lot of money or takes a lot of time to maintain? No. Read this material and get your congregation website started today.

MinstryCom Resources

MinistryCom is an organization for Ministry Communicators in all denominations.  They offer both free and paid resources on their website.

Photography/Videography Permission Tips

This link leads to a blog from the Unitarian Universalists titled, "New Media for Unitarian Universalists." It contains sound advice about seeking permission to share https://associationdatabase.com/aws/SOS/am/gi of attendees of congregational events. Please run all final permission form templates and procedures by your congregation's attorney before use.

Adult Release Form for Media Recording (Example)

Use this form as a basis for developing your own media release form for adults.  Always check with your congregation's attorney on any release forms before they are used.

Parent Release Form for Media Recording (Example)

Use this form as a basis for developing your own media release form for minors.  Always check with your congregation's attorney on any release forms before they are used.

Technology Information from ELCA

Technology resources for congregations and synods, including: Web ministry basics, cloud based services, social media guidelines and best practices, writing for the Web, guidelines for using photos of members, online giving options, administrative software, technology purchasing, computer and Internet security.