Connect 360°

Connect 360

Connect 360°
Church Communication Workshops

2016 – 2017

Free Workshops for all North Texas Conference Communicators

Workshops start at 9:00 a.m. and will be held at the North Texas Conference Ministry Center:

North Texas Conference Ministry Center
500 Maplelawn Drive
Plano, TX 75075


Next Workshop

Vernon Bryant
Vernon Bryant

Tips for Taking Better Photos

Nov. 8, 2017​
9 a.m. – Noon

Presenter: Vernon Bryant

This workshop will include a Q&A, examples of Vernon Bryant’s work, stories from the field, a breakdown of the digital camera and its functions, as well as exercises and tips to take better photos that tell a story.

Workshop Details

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Past Workshops and Resources

If you missed any of the past Connect 360° workshops or want a review, please see videos and presentation PDFs below.

Mary Brooke Casad
Mary Brooke Casad

Telling Your Story, Sharing Your Faith

This workshop was held on Oct. 11, 2017. Mary Brooke Casad shared how to take your everyday experiences of God and translate them into a written devotional that will encourage and inspire others. Participants received an overview of devotion writing styles for books, blogs, etc. used by Christians for daily prayer and meditation.

Telling Your Story, Sharing Your Faith


Wil Murphy
Wil Murphy
Michael Graves
Michael Graves

Powerhouse Communication: Social Media, Video and Photo Excellence

This workshop took place on June 7, 2017. Michael Graves and Wil Murphy helped empower individuals, teams, and pastoral leaders to communicate more effectively using social media, video and photography. The training offered tricks, tips, tools and practical application to show participants how to take charge and communicate better with their audience.

Powerhouse Communication: Social Media, Video and Photo Excellence


Edlen Cowley
Rev. Edlen Cowley

Communication 3D – Design, Develop, and Deliver More Powerful Sermons and Presentations

This workshop took place on April 12, 2017. The training was presented by Rev. Edlen Cowley, Senior Minister at Fellowship UMC in Trophy Club, Texas. Rev. Cowley helped pastors develop a practical and personal approach to sermon/sermon series conception, development and writing. He also covered how sermon development impacts the entire worship team from music selection, graphics, and marketing, as well as invitation and evangelism strategies.

Design, Develop and Deliver More Powerful Sermons and Presentations


Chris Allen
Chris Allen

Are You Scaring People Away from Your Church?

This workshop took place on Feb. 22, 2017. Chris Allen, owner of three FASTSIGNS centers, discussed how to use signs, billboards, posters and other print media to communicate better in the church. Remember, when looking at your signage, pay attention to your layout, colors, and the message you want your audience to understand. We are all judged by First Impressions.

How to Create Better Signs and Visual Messages


Patrick Steil
Patrick Steil

Supercharge Your Church Website to Attract First-time Guests with Patrick Steil

This workshop was held on Jan. 11, 2017. The session covered important design principles for populating your church website to be welcoming to visitors.

Supercharge Your Church Website to Attract First-time Guests


Linda Johnson
Linda Johnson
Sheron Patterson
Sheron Patterson

How to Write Like a Journalist with Sheron Patterson and Linda Johnson

This workshop was held on Dec. 7, 2016. The seminar reviewed trends in communication, both online and print, and taught techniques to make writing compelling.

How to Write Like a Journalist


Jenn Rodiac
Jenn Rodia

United Methodist Communications Workshop: Getting Media Coverage for Your Church Event with Jenn Rodia

This workshop took place on Nov. 9, 2016. The presentation focused on understanding what reporters need to get your church event covered by the local media.

Getting Media Coverage for Your Church Event


Wendy Campbell
Wendy Campbell

Email Excellence with Wendy Campbell

This workshop took place on Oct. 12, 2016. This session was geared for ministry leaders who want to communicate effectively and communicators who want to make sure they are up to date on current best email practices.

Email Excellence


Greg Neal
Dr. Greg Neal

Social Media and Ministry with Dr. Greg Neal

This workshop took place on Sept. 21, 2016. The training reviewed social media ministry options on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat.

Dangers and Opportunities for Social Media and Ministry


Michael Graves
Michael Graves
Wil Murphy
Wil Murphy

Effective Mobile Communication

This workshop took place on June 8, 2016. The training covered how to plan and create videos to deliver powerful messages using your phone and how to use different social media platforms.

Making Great Videos on Your Phone Getting the Most Out of Your Social Media