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Sybil Davidson


I read a lot of United Methodist news (and I mean A LOT) in my role as conference communicator and I have to admit, it took reading about UMCmarket a few times before I understood what was being offered.  UMCmarket is a shopping portal offered by the UMC General Council on Finance and Administration as a fundraising tool for your church.  It takes very little effort on your part, but businesses are willing to support your church in hopes that it brings you to their store or product. It's ...

Are You on Pinterest? Us too!

Sybil Davidson


Are you on Pinterest? The social media site is an online tool "for collecting and organizing things you love." Users "pin" website links to virtual bulletin boards to keep up with recipes, decorating ideas, books, favorite fonts, and anything save-worthy the internet has to offer. It's an excellent tool for saving and sharing ministry resources, worship tools, spiritual inspiration, and church insights. That's why the North Georgia Conference recently joined Pinterest. If you're a "pinner" too,...

Is Anyone There? Insight on Church E-newsletter Readership

Sybil Davidson


The Lewis Center for Church Leadership recently shared an article about church e-newsletters and the notoriously low open rates of enews in general. I found it particularly insightful that the article mentions that print newsletters are probably not any more widely read. The author, Martin Davis, writes: "Within the realm of religious media, the average open rate for emails is 29.6 percent and only 3.7 percent of readers click one or more links, according to MailChimp, a service that ...

How to Pitch to 'Patch'

Sybil Davidson

7/15/2013 and other community news sites are an awesome way to let your neighbors know about all the great things going on at your church. I asked Kristi Reed, Patch's community editor for Gwinnett and Northeast Georgia, about how churches can share news and events through their local Patch site.   Patch provides three main (free) services that churches should consider taking advantage of:   1. Create your own news section on your local Patch site.   To create your own news section on Patch, go ...

1st Impression Survey from the Church We Visited Sunday


It was really good to have you at Harvest this week. I hope you enjoyed the service. I don't know if you're looking for answers, a church home, or just passing through. Whatever the case, I'm glad you chose to check us out.   We think church should be a fun practical place to get the answers we need for life and help us grow in a relationship with God. Helping people connect with God is what Harvest is all about.   By the way, as a first-time guest, you have a special point of view that we are ...

Spam Law and Being a Friendly Sender

Sybil Davidson


One of our pastors recently got a nasty note from a salesperson when he asked to be removed from an email list. The salesperson said that the pastor's email wasn't part of a list but just a person-to-person email, so basically, the pastor should get over it and accept the unwanted sales emails. The bad news for the salesperson is: that's illegal. And punishable with a big fine. Businesses are required to follow the CAN-SPAM Act passed in 2003. Though I'm not clear if the law applies to all ...

Say Cheese! We're on Instagram (And Your Church Can Be, Too)

Sybil Davidson


The North Georgia Conference started an Instagram account this week (our handle is "ngumc") and it's easy for your church (or youth group or mission team) to set up an account, too. If you don't have an Instagram account: Instagram is a free photo sharing app you can download to your smart phone. It's a fun way to share photos, add interesting filters and keep up with friends without all the typing. You can easily share the pics from Instagram to Facebook, Twitter or by email, too. You may ...

What's Your Story?

Sybil Davidson


One of the best parts of working in the Conference office is getting to glimpse the scope of the work going on in churches across North Georgia. What inspiring, exciting, innovative or interesting thing is going on in your church? We would love to feature a "Vital Congregation" moment from your church on the Conference website. Email me a few paragraphs and send along a photo, too, at  Click here to read a few of the stories we've highlighted recently, including: Boynton UMC...

10 Amazingly Easy Ways to Live Out Your Faith on Pinterest


Tami Heim shared 10 amazingly easy ways to live out your faith on Pinterest in a recent blog post at She writes, "for those of us on the lookout for every opportunity to #LiveSticky, Pinterest is yet another place to share and live out our faith.  On this platform every board holds the possibility of becoming a glorious reflection the God we serve." A few of her ideas include: #1  Your Profile  Profiles are part of the first impression you make on any social media platform. On...

Create and Use QR Codes

Sybil Davidson


Have you seen or used QR codes? Those black and white squares that take you to a website on your smart phone? Some uses are just for the novelty of it (have you seen one go past on a bus?), but there are practical ways you might incorporate a QR code into your print publications, bulletin or signage. The key is that the link the QR code opens must be mobile phone friendly. Here are a few ideas for using QR codes: - Put a QR code(or codes) in the bullitin that take members of the congregation...

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