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Collect and gather resources through Storify

With so many Southern Baptists taking to social media, it's natural for their comments to range from not just anecdotal but into the realm of denominational polity. As dialogue grows, a tool to gather quotes and context through sites such a YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and personal blogs is Storify.

I first came across Storify late last year and was intrigued by it's possibilities in covering Southern Baptist news. It's no secret that online SBC-related discussions pick up steam as the annual meeting in June approaches, culminating in a flurry of feedback during the gathering. Many of those online users are sticking with the medium, though. This leads to a pretty consistent stream of thoughts from Southern Baptists nationally, and specifically, in your state or focus of coverage.

Still getting used to it myself, I used the service last week to Storify comments on Twitter from SBC pastors and leaders in chronicling the reaction to Osama bin Laden's death. One bit of coaching I'd give is if you don't have a Twitter list set up for Southern Baptists and/or those from your state, do that now. If I didn't have those two in place I'd have lost a great amount of time looking through tweets and digging out those I needed.

(By the way, we're looking for BCA members on Twitter. If you're up and tweeting let us know. I'll be putting you here.)

To see more of the tools put to use, look at this Storify of Newsday's report when President Obama visited Ground Zero last week. I can see church groups - especially smart-phone savvy youth - Twitpicking and videoing their own contributions on mission trips that can later be pieced together for installation onto a church website or minister's blog. Storify pieces can be embedded into self-hosted Wordpress blogs, Tumblr, and Posterous.

As more people use social media to offer their insights they become contributors, even if unknowingly. Storify appears to be a great tool in collecting that feedback and packaging it.

POSTED: May 9, 2011 | Scott Barkley, Production Editor, The Christian Index - sbarkley@christianindex.org

Social media a double-edged sword for international missionaries

Perhaps the loudest cheers for social media are how it opens up the conversation not only in number of voices, but speed. A few weeks ago, Twitter officially exploded onto the SBC scene with pastors (yes) young and (but wait a minute) older signing up to post their thoughts during sessions at the SBC annual meeting. President Johnny Hunt's blessing on Twitter the day after the SBC ended (@johnnymhunt) practically made it an institution of pastoral communications.

But what if that same openness can lead to danger? In an effort to head off trouble caused by well-intentioned messages via outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, the International Mission Board added a new element to missionary training recently - how to use social media wisely.

"It is a concern," said Wendy Norvelle, spokesperson for the IMB. "Right now we have 54 percent of missionaries working in areas where they need to be cautious in how they communicate. In April we talked to missionaries about adjusting their privacy settings and being sure who they consider a 'friend.' On their profile, we encouraged them to use the 'limited' profile and disable some options that could inhibit their ministry."

The mirage of a smaller-than-actual audience is the biggest threat. College-age missionaries serving overseas may have to fight against their own culture of sharing almost-all online.

Warren Skinner, consultant for Collegiate Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention, said so far there have been no instances of student missionaries from his state placing themselves in harm's way via tweet or status update.

"We've addressed it for several years now [in training] and make them aware of what's appropriate to share and what's not. They know to be careful about posting personal information on the missionaries they're serving with and anything that might compromise that ministry," he said.

Journalists may be tempted to contact missionaries through social media when their part of the world is in the news, such as with the recent unrest in Honduras. Norvelle asks media to help in protecting their status.

"One of the things we tell our personnel is to not pass judgement on governmental actions," she said. "Taking political stances is simply not helpful. We tell them to be very careful about what they say [online] about such events.

"We also ask that any stories written about them are ministry-related and not political. If a missionary says something that can be seen as politically-charged, I wouldn't mind if journalists even chided them a little for it."

POSTED: Jul 13, 2009 | Scott Barkley, Production Editor, The Christian Index - sbarkley@christianindex.org

Union communicators garner national attention

Union University's Public Relations team received accolades in the May issue of "Public Relations Tactics," for their efforts after a tornado ripped through Jackson, Tenn., on Feb. 5.

The article highlighted the actions of the staff as they handled the crisis and involved students in managing the story for a world-wide audience. As outlined in the article, the staff demonstrated a strategic commitment to the university and their numerous constituencies during the tragic event.

The Public Relations Society of America publication gave the public relations team high marks, noting, "Even the best crisis planning is insufficient without spur-of-the-moment creative thinking."

Several of the Union University staff members are BCA members - Tim Ellsworth, Jim Veneman, Cam Tracy and Todd Mullins. Others on the team - Mark Kahler, Morris Abernathy, Kathy and Michael Chute - are former members who have represented BCA well.

Tim Ellsworth recently released God in the Whirlwind: Stories of Grace from the Tornado at Union University.

There are some great lessons for all BCA members in the response offered by Union's team. Attached is a PDF of the article. If you are like me, you will put the article in the file to refer to often.

The article is copyright 2008 PR Tactics. Reprinted with permission by the Public Relations Society of America (www.prsa.org).

POSTED: Jul 17, 2008 | Barbara L. Denman, Director of Communications, Florida Baptist Convention - bdenman@flbaptist.org

Don't be a plastic communicator; tell someone about BCA today

We all use it. It's in our kitchen cabinets and sits in our refrigerators right now. Our mothers swore by it. What is it? TUPPERWARE® - of course! Patented in 1938, the company's product was not welcomed in stores at first and the company was criticized because many consumers didn't know how to work the lids. The company pulled the product from store shelves and resorted to home demonstrations and word-of-mouth to boost sales. By the mid-1950s a phenomenon had been created. According to their web site, the Tupperware® company now does $1.2 billion in sales each year and a product demonstration starts somewhere in the world every two seconds.

Like Tupperware®, BCA depends on our associates to hold in-office gatherings to spread the word about our association and its benefits. The greatest benefit new members experience is a network of over 200 individual communication resources that come in the form of co-members.

We're confident that once individuals experience the annual workshops and begin utilizing the BCA-network, they'll understand what a difference BCA can be to their communications ministry.

"To me, BCA is a constant reminder that I'm not alone. I'm part of a circle of friends and co-laborers walking along the same pathway, who constantly provide me encouragement, insight and strength," said Doug Rogers, Communications Coordinator for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. "Whether it's through face-to-face contact at the annual workshop or quick emails and phone calls through the year, such opportunities for interaction have had worth to me beyond measure. I know I am a more effective communicator because of BCA."

Don't let your membership spoil by never sharing the benefits of our association with a colleague. Become a member who takes pride in preserving Baptist communications. Tell someone about BCA today. How to Join

POSTED: Nov 5, 2007 | Keith Beene, Administrative Coordinator, Baptist Communicators Association - bca.office@comcast.net

Says vs. Said

Did you hear the one about the guy who walks into a psychiatrist office and starts screaming, "I'm a wigwam, I'm a teepee, I'm a wigwam, I'm a teepee!!!" The psychiatrist takes one look at him and says, "You need to relax, you're two tents!!"

I relay that joke because as a writer I often find myself getting a little stressed out about which tense is appropriate. I encourage you to read the following column from the Poynter Institute's web page regarding "Says vs. Said" dialogue tags.

Ask Chip: Says vs. Said

POSTED: Aug 28, 2007 | Keith Beene, Administrative Coordinator, Baptist Communicators Association - bca.office@comcast.net

Gooooooo Team!

I took my son to a minor league baseball game the other day. It was his first real baseball experience. When we arrived, he wanted to walk around the stadium and see everything. "Where do we buy the ICEEs?" he asked. "Can we get one of those big, foam fingers?"

We found our seats as the public address announcer read the starting line-ups. "Wow Dad. You can see everything from here!" he said. It didn't take long for the home team to score the first runs of the game. Erik did a celebration dance in his seat. Whenever one of the opposing players struck out, he transformed into a mini-umpire shouting "Yer out!" while jerking his thumb in the air.

I'm a life-long baseball fan, but this game was special. Seeing the game from my son's perspective made it brand new again. We talked about what various abbreviations on the scoreboard meant and he couldn't believe we could put peanut shells on the ground under our seats. "Is this really okay with Mom?" he asked.

During the game, I noticed a few people who weren't there for baseball. A man two rows in front of us talked on his cell phone through several innings. A woman nearby kept her nose buried in a crossword puzzle.

Sometimes as communicators we forget what the game is all about and telling the story just isn't fun anymore. Dont turn into someone who just sits through the game. Become an active participant in the Baptist communications community by interacting with other communications professionals like yourself and by sharing your expertise.

If you're new to BCA, it's ok to look around the "stadium." There's plenty to see here. One of the biggest benefits you'll enjoy is learning from others. Like my son, be willing to ask questions. One of our officers or myself is happy to help you understand those tricky BCA "abbreviations."

If you're a BCA veteran, you can add much to our organization. Remember, the "history" of the game is just as important as the current superstar. Maybe you'd like to mentor some of our rookies. We're always looking for links to add to the resources page. Or maybe you can write a "how-to" article that we can place on the site?

Whatever your position on our team, BCA is here to help you knock the ball out of the park. Play Ball!

POSTED: Jul 26, 2007 | Keith Beene, Administrative Coordinator, Baptist Communicators Association - bca.office@comcast.net

Walking The Red Carpet

It's a relief when you receive that "Congratulations! You're a winner..." e-mail from Keith Beene the end of March. You don't know what you won, but you know you will get to walk up in front of everyone and accept that certificate. Pretty cool.

Even better -- you get to tell your boss that you won. I don't know how it is where you work, but in our department having something that shows your work has been recognized by an outside entity means something.

Once you know you're a winner, it's time to start subtly asking around your office to see who else got the coveted e-mail from Keith. That is, unless you work in our office, where we shamelessly yell, "I won something!" to the whole department!

So, those who get to go to BCA pack something nice to wear for the awards banquet and hope for the best. Granted, we don't do the red carpet thing, but I bet most of us check out what everyone is wearing. You practice your gushing & Jesse, great tie! Lisa, your pedicure is perfect! Sue Ellen, your wrap is stunning! Great shoes, Brooke!

This year, it was extra exciting for us at LifeWay. Everyone in our office who submitted an entry won something. That makes the celebration even better ... not to mention so much less awkward! Kelly, Kent and I hardly let our awards cool off before we were up in my room calling our co-workers to tell them the great news.

When Stacey Hamby asked me to write a short piece on winning, I thought, "Is there any way to do that without sounding arrogantly self-promoting?" Well, no! So, here goes... deep breath... I love winning!

I do. I love to win.

I completely understand that with human judges there is a certain level of arbitrariness. In fact, what I thought was my best work was awarded - how do I put this - nothing. But, someone does receive the best scores in each category, and honestly, I'm glad it was I in mine! Yeah, there it is, my friends. I'm thrilled that I won a Burkhalter Award.

POSTED: May 8, 2007 | Polly House, Freelance Writer/Editor, - polly.house.bca@gmail.com

Finding Hope in Hopelessness

What a great BCA conference!

What a reality check!

Both Shawn Elledge and I got back from Mobile and got right into the swing of things on Monday morning, April 16th. All the SBCV missionaries came in from around the state that day for a meeting so it was a very upbeat mood in the office. But that changed in an instant.

The words flashing on the screen and coming out of our friend's mouth didn't seem real - a gunman loose on the Virginia Tech campus, dozens of students shot, the death count going up. After the initial disbelief and shock wore off (there would be more disbelief and shock to come), we decided that we needed to be there as soon as possible. For this moment and on this week - this was ground zero for the world and it was right in our backyard!

The team dispatched our Disaster Relief feeding unit, started recruiting volunteers and the area missionaries from the Blacksburg area hit the road. The media team soon followed and showed up to an unreal scene. Hundreds of reporters, videographers, photographers, producers, satellite trucks from all over the world already were swarming the campus... All trying to get that gripping picture or interview and to relay news from this unthinkable tragedy. Our job was to not only report on the scene and the mood - everybody was doing that - but to show and tell the world how Southern Baptists were also on the ground, already serving and sharing. Everywhere you looked, there was a gripping scene.

The tears and emotion flowed freely around campus. It was amazing to see how open and honest the VA Tech students and faculty were with how they felt and what they thought. And it was equally surprising to see how open they were to talk about God, eternity and where to find hope at a time like this. I was able to conduct many necessary interviews and then immediately start sharing the hope that can be found in Jesus Christ. It almost seemed like the interview wasn't totally finished until I shared Christ with them. As I looked around, I saw this being replayed over and over again. Disaster Relief volunteers handing out meals and drinks and then sharing hope. Strangers talking about eternity and heaven and Jesus with other total strangers. Musicians playing and singing praise choruses with a crowd around the war memorial on the drill field. I know these stories aren't reported by the "major media", but it happened and is still going on. Yes, this campus did pull together in a dramatic way, as seen in the Tuesday (April 17th) convocation ceremony and the extremely moving candlelight vigil that night. It is still trying to heal, but true healing won't come without the Lord. Praise HIim that we are starting to see some of that "heavenly healing" happen right now.

I know every story has a shelf-life... this story is already moving off the front page and to the second block of the newscast. But we need to remember that this campus is still wide open for those majestic ministry moments. And when those happen, the best stories of all come through - the stories of devastated lives that found hope in the midst of utter hopelessness! Hopefully, we'll get the opportunity to continue reporting those stories.

POSTED: Apr 27, 2007 | Brandon Pickett, Vice President, Innovative Faith Resources - brandon@innovativefaith.org

4 Things We Need From You

If you attended BCA's annual workshop in Mobile, there are 4 things this organization and your fellow Baptist communicators need from you:

  1. Talk back. Fill out the evaluation form for the Mobile workshop. Tell us what you liked most from the program Doug Rogers and his Alabama team put together. Let Elizabeth Young and her team in Arizona know what you want to see next year. Every year, workshop organizers try to develop the right mix of inspiration and education. If you're really ambitious, give us at least one idea for workshop topics on the technical skills as well as the broader issues we face as communicators.
  2. Stalk someone. Chances are, you made some new friends in Mobile. But if you don't talk to them until the next workshop, what good did it do you? Every month, for the next year, why not call or e-mail someone you met through BCA? Talk about life. Talk about work. Talk about projects. Ask for ideas or for a peer review of a piece you're working on. Expand your circle of influence, and it will benefit your work and your psyche.
  3. Get published. Not in a publication, but on this BCA Web site. Cam Tracy at Union University had done a great job of building a site that's designed to help BCA be a professional development organization throughout the year. But it won't reach its full potential if you don't share what you know.
  4. Pull a pre-emptive strike. If you have return to work from Mobile and have never shared what you learned, your boss has no idea that your membership in BCA is worthwhile. Please, before the day is done, write a one-page memo outlining two or three things you learned at the Mobile workshop that will improve your performance at your current job. Then, when the Phoenix workshop comes around next year, you already will have laid the groundwork for getting approval to go.

POSTED: Apr 26, 2007 | David Winfrey, Proposal Writer, SHPS - dmmwinfrey@gmail.com

What I learned at the BCA Workshop

This was my eleventh BCA workshop and every year I have learned something new. This year during the awards banquet I learned it is very important to check the order of the awards certificates BEFORE you get up to hand them out. Otherwise, you are embarrassed and red-faced as you frantically search through a large stack of certificates for that one name the emcee just called out.

Another lesson I learned is we all can learn from each other. This year many of our seminar leaders were current or former BCA members. Sharing knowledge and experiences is what makes our professional development organization so important.

Do you know of a resource other members could benefit from? Maybe you know about a web site that explains blogging etiquette and want to pass that on to the rest of us.

Our web site is designed so you can easily share resources with other members. A resources page is already on the web site and each professional development group page lists resources specific to that group. Send a resource link to me or to Cam Tracy, BCA webmaster. Well make sure it gets posted on the web site.

One of my favorite resources is www.sreetips.com. Created by Sree Sreenivasan, a Columbia University journalism professor. He appeared as a technology reporter for ABC's New York City affiliate for six years. His articles have been published in The New York Times, Popular Science, BusinessWeek, Time Digital and Rolling Stone. Sree's site boasts all kinds of tech tips and media-related articles. He keeps it current and I always learn something worthwhile.

Although www.sreetips.com will not help you put award certificates in order, I think it is a resource you should bookmark.

POSTED: Apr 19, 2007 | Keith Beene, Administrative Coordinator, Baptist Communicators Association - bca.office@comcast.net

Learning to say 'No,' part 2: Determine what's important

I was in grad school for maybe five months when I was relating something from class to my wife, Mary Marcia.

I don't recall what I was saying, but I won't soon forget her turning to me and asking, "Why do you seem to have time for everything except me?"

That night, thankfully, the conversation took a different turn. With 40 hours of work, two nights of class, endless studying and a few other projects, I had been taking Mary Marcia for granted, and it needed to stop.

M&M wasn't asking me to quit grad school and she didn't expect me to resign my job at the Western Recorder newspaper. What she did expect me to do was to show her (not just tell her) that she was as important as those other two commitments.

What about you?

Are you finding too few hours in your day for everything you are asked to do? Maybe the pressure is internal, not external. Does your own professional drive leave you little time for leisure, church, or relationships?

You're not alone. Today's busy culture provides endless time-eating opportunities that can leave you tired, burned out and frustrated, if you let them.

Some refer to it as sacrificing the important on the altar of the urgent.

One of the best things you can do is decide what handful of things are most important to you and guard them tenaciously against anything else seeking your attention.

That means you're going to have to politely tell some folks no.

But first you should sit alone or with your spouse and decide what are the most important pursuits in your life and which ones to trim away.

Jesus gave us a terrific example of this, one we'll look at in a future blog entry. But first back to my story.

After talking with Mary Marcia, we decided that one way I could show her my commitment while in grad school was to have a date every week. Sometimes it was as simple as eating dinner out before getting back to studies. But that weekly ritual reminded me what was truly important and showed her that she wasn't being overlooked amid the other host of activities.

Today, I can count on one hand the time commitments Im saying "yes" to. They are (in no particular order): family, work, church, BCA and the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

What's on your list?

POSTED: Mar 6, 2007 | David Winfrey, Proposal Writer, SHPS - dmmwinfrey@gmail.com

Interactive Booth Guidelines

To encourage our state convention teams to have interactive exhibits at the annual meeting, I initiated three years ago the Director's Cup, awarded for the top interactive booth. After a very subjective judging lap around the exhibit hall, my finger in the air and my ear to the ground (don't try THAT yoga pose at home) I award the traveling cup at the next staff meeting. Frankly, it's become coveted by those who treat seriously their design and staffing efforts.

This year, when the church planting team won for the second time, someone from an...ahem...non-winning team, asked me to put into words what it is that I saw in the winner, as a learning experience for the also rans.

I did, and it might be helpful to pass among your teams that prepare for exhibits at various meetings you hold.

Keep in mind, my top operating principal is interactivity. Here's a couple things in this highly subjective competition that stand out.

  1. Those who cover the booth are on their feet. Their physical stance invites passers-by to stop and it welcomes questions.
  2. Staff members are not huddling, talking to themselves, creating an atmosphere that says a visitor is "interrupting" if they ask a question.
  3. They offer a giveaway significant enough to merit a person's signing up for a chance to win.
  4. They require and record personal information when signing up for the giveaway.
  5. Signing up requires much MORE than filling in a form. The booth/signup/registration is interactive. Vital information about church planting is posted at various, prominent places around the booth. The signup requires the registrant to answer four questions about church planting. The answers are posted, easy to find, or, one of the engaging cover persons happily provides the answers.
  6. So, the visitor goes away with some knowledge about church planting and having been engaged personally by a church planting staff member. They leave infused with some small measure of the enthusiasm church planting team feels for their mission.
  7. While we spend lots of time and money designing attractive, magnetic exhibits, remember that it is the personal, engaging, enthusiastic presence of the people in the booth that provides the best visitor experience.
  8. They give me money.

POSTED: Jan 29, 2007 | Norman Jameson, , - normanjameson@gmail.com

A Message from Wilmer C. Fields

It is an honor, always an eye-opener, and a great pleasure for me to continue a long 48-year treasured connection with BPRA/BCA through the annual awards competition. My partnership in the group began in 1959, when BPRA was five years old. I resonated with this bunch from the start. I was completely in the dark, and blindsided at the 1986 meeting in the mountains at Glorieta, NM, when Stan Hastey made the announcement that the group had secretly voted to name the awards program after me. I think I swallowed my bubble gum!

It is a delight to sense the creativity and professionalism revealed in the entries every year. What an excellent way for members to mark your own growth, by being judged among the best of the best. And so very many, striving for superior workmanship! My connection with this skillful, productive new generation of dedicated people makes me feel like a lion in a den of Daniels. I hope 2007 is your best year! For one and all.

POSTED: Jan 24, 2007 | Wilmer C. Fields, Retired, SBC Executive Committee - wilcfields@comcast.net

Learning to say "NO"

This week, I joined the "CRACKBERRYS" of the world by purchasing a PDA.

My handy-dandy personal digital assistant can ...

  • Send e-mails about BCA business to Keith Beene in Nashville.
  • Hold digital photos of Jake after trying to feed him rice cereal and mashed sweet potatoes.
  • Store all my friends - and contacts - phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
  • Keep my personal and office calendars from scheduling me in two places at the same time.
  • Remember my wife's birthday (while reminding me not to mention how many).
  • Transport documents between work and home.
  • List of all the tasks I have at work and all the chores I have at home.
  • Call my wife to tell her I've missed the bus because I was too distracted playing with my PDA.

Whether I become an addict is yet to be determined. What already is evident is that my faithful paper-based "organizer" is no match for the multitude of meetings I have to keep up with.

Time management specialists will tell you to keep only one calendar with all your appointments. That explains why I was losing the battle trying to keep straight a paper-based organizer and the Microsoft Outlook calendar on my work computer. I never remembered to combine the things I'd said "Yes" to at work with the other things I'd said "Yes" to at home and elsewhere.

Now every day my PDA will "synchronize" my appointments from work, home, church, BCA, a non-profit board and the commitments I make to friends and others, assuming I don't misplace it.

One thing it won't do, however, is tell me when to say enough is enough.

I have to decide to quit trying to pack more into my day and instead remember to leave time for Mary Marcia and Jake, as well as the time to recharge my batteries with rest, reading and casual pursuits.

I was in my first year of grad school when a professor gave me some of the best advice of the whole program: "You need to decide now what you're going to say "No" to, because you can't do it all."

She was right, and it helped me set boundaries for my two years of study, focusing almost exclusively on work, school and family.

Now I'm finding that I need to rediscover that ability to say "No."

Maybe you're finding yourself in the same boat. If so, join me for my next few blogs, as I'm going explore a few ideas on how to get ones schedule under control.

POSTED: Jan 23, 2007 | David Winfrey, Proposal Writer, SHPS - dmmwinfrey@gmail.com

How Important is Communication?

If you're an old married guy or gal, like me, you can skip to the next blog.

But if you're still in the dating scene, you might want to pay attention to a recent article in The New York Times. The story, which is actually a sidebar about pre-marital counseling, is a month old, but recently was still ranked among the top 10 e-mailed stories of the day.

In it, marriage counselors offer 15 questions that couples should discuss before marriage. Some are amusing: "Will there be a television in the bedroom?" Others more serious: "Does each of us feel fully confident in the other's commitment to the marriage?" But each illustrate the importance of good communication to a successful marriage, even before it starts.


POSTED: Jan 19, 2007 | David Winfrey, Proposal Writer, SHPS - dmmwinfrey@gmail.com

Attention BCA'ers: It's time to play ball!!

The 2007 Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition is now underway. You can download the Call for Entries here. The theme for the competition this year is "Field of Dreams." With apologies to Kevin Costner, we are hoping that if we hold a competition, you will come! This year there are some new categories for podcasting, adjustments within existing categories, as well as some enhancements in how to prepare and submit news writing, feature writing, and photography entries. The entry fee is the same as last year: $40 per entry. The deadline for postmarking your entries is January 31. We are setting up the judging to be complete by the second week in March. Send me an email or give me a call if you have any questions about the competition. I look forward to seeing everyone at the BCA conference in beautiful Mobile, Ala., April 11-14!

POSTED: Jan 5, 2007 | Brent Thompson, Associate Director of Communications, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - bthompson@swbts.edu

Calling all church communicators

When I started working in Baptist journalism a decade ago, it never even entered my mind that I'd end up in church communications. In fact, 10 years ago, I'm not even sure the words church and communications were put together in the same sentence. But, today, it's a different story. Churches are waking up to the fact they need people with expertise in writing, graphics, websites and printing, and I know there are church communicators out there, but we're rarely connected with each other. So, I'm interested to know where they are. Will you take a moment and answer these questions for me?

  1. Does your church have a communications staff person(s)?
  2. If yes, paid or volunteer?
  3. What is your church's average worship attendance?

But I'd like to take it a step farther than just statistics. In BCA, we've got a gem of a resource to offer church communicators - resources, training and, most importantly, the opportunity to connect with others like us. Serving on the church level often can lend itself to being something of a "lone ranger." So, this year, we want to invite more church communicators to participate in the workshop. There are a few of us already, but we know there are others out there. I know they are just waiting to find out how they can get help for their ministry. (I know because I am one.) I was blessed to be a part of BCA already when I began serving on a church staff. But there are many others who are just waiting for someone to call and say, "Here is something great for you."

Why don't you be that person? Think about why you like BCA and then think about the person at your church who handles communications. Wouldn't he or she benefit from the same fellowship and training you receive during the workshop? You bet! In fact, I feel so strongly that BCA will benefit church communicators, too, that if you'll send me the name of the communications person at your church and the phone number, I will call him/her and offer a personal invitation. I'm happy to do it. I love to talk with others who serve in the same position... we "get" each other. You can email me at stacey@pleasantvalley.org. Or, you can give him/her my contact information.

If it wasn't for BCA and the connections I have been able to make locally with other church communicators, it would have been much more difficult for me to navigate my three years in church communications. So help us reach out to other church communicators... they deserve the same opportunity.

Stacey Hamby - BCA Communications VP
Director of Communications
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
Liberty, Missouri

POSTED: Dec 11, 2006 | Stacey Hamby, Director of Communications, Pleasant Valley Baptist Church - shamby@pleasantvalley.org

Tell Colleagues About Us

BCA is currently in the midst of a membership drive and we're asking you to help us unearth qualified Baptist communications professionals. All we need you to do is make us aware of people you think may have an interest in BCA. Member benefits include: a newsletter/web site, placement registry, workshop and awards competition. Is there a church staff member you know or even a young person at your agency who would benefit from the networking help and career development? Send us their name, mailing address and email. Email me at bca.office@comcast.net. Learn more about BCA membership at http://www.baptistcommunicators.org/membership/join.cfm.

POSTED: Nov 7, 2006 | Keith Beene, Administrative Coordinator, Baptist Communicators Association - bca.office@comcast.net

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