Foundations of New Media Strategy Course
"Foundations of Media Strategy was an extremely helpful course not only to further highlight our need to develop a media strategy for reaching our people but also to give us some critical building blocks from which to start building that strategy. The instructor was extremely helpful as was the interaction with others on this same journey. We are already starting to implement some of what we have learned and I expect to continue to draw from the course material for some time as we expand and grow our strategy."
"Foundations for Media Strategy helped me effectively organize my thinking and planning/strategy around the persona concept while addressing passive/active engagement that leads to high level decision making with the inquirer's group."
"A good back to the drawing board exercise for anyone floundering with digital content strategy and results."
"This course is crucial in changing from the "Fire - Ready - Aim" approach to media ministry to "Ready - Aim - Fire." The principles and tools presented in the course focus on how to find the "good soil" and sow the seed there."
"You don't know what you don't know. This course will help you find holes in what you're doing and enable you to be effective with minimal waste!"
"This course casts vision for how you and your team can begin incorporating today's modes of media and communication to catalyze movements to Christ. We appreciated how the class started at the big vision of movements and explored how using new media could enable that vision rather than merely talk about creating content for content's sake."
"This course helped my team and me develop our digital media strategy by looking at how people make meaningful faith decisions and ways our websites and social media can encourage that. I recommend this course as a springboard for creative campaigns that complement and go beyond just an online gospel presentation. I especially recommend groups take the course because of the value of shared vision, vocabulary, and learning that occurs; for this reason, I have enrolled staff from 7 of our offices in the course."
"This class was a game changer. It helped me to think at a much higher level about how media could be used strategically in what we are doing. I can't wait to tell my colleagues about it!"
"In the last decade people in parts of the world which were impossible to reach can now suddenly be accessed on mass with a laptop and an internet connection from the comfort of your office with full anonymity. This course helped our team diligently plan how best to use this amazing opportunity in the history of missions effectively to see Christ known amongst the unreached in our country."
"I was making 100 mistakes in my media ministry. The problem? I didn't know I was making them until taking the MMU course. Not only did I learn to identify the mistakes, but I was given real tools to up the fruitfulness of our ministry."
"This course was very worthwhile. It covers all of the basics of effective media strategy in a realistic and nuanced fashion. The teacher is a great communicator. The teaching sessions, the material, the assignments, the group discussions were all so very helpful. I will definitely recommend this course to others. Probably the most helpful take away for me was learning that media is accessible for all teams, even with modest resources and capacity and can be very effective when done strategically."
Story in Ministry Course
"This is an excellent opportunity to hone your skills in storytelling and for those who have been telling stories to get some refreshing insights."
"A must for anyone who wants to improve telling the most important story ever."
"Story in Ministry' is an excellent crash-course in effective story-telling. Whether you're doing narrative short films, testimonies or even development features, 'Story in Ministry' plants you in solid storytelling theory and helps you map your way out from there."
"An excellent practical course on the art of storytelling and because this short course I now have a new respect for the essential components of making a good story. Highly recommended addition to anyone's tool belt and has widespread applications for anyone in Christian ministry."
"I have been a teacher for 12 years and have taught my students to write stories (elementary level), but even still I learned that there is so much more to a story than I had taught. I very much appreciate learning the mechanics of a story, I know it will make me a better writing. I am inspired to write more!"
"Storytelling is pouring on paper some soul liquid. The story in mission teaches you how much to pour, when to stop, when to rain....but in the end, you are in charge with the stories that will make people want to give more."
"Though we have used stories in our training ministry for many years, this course has opened up my eyes to the art and science (mechanics, if you will) of developing more compelling stories. Looking forward to applying this learning soon!"
"This course really helped me to think outside of my mission organisation box. The teaching was excellent - fresh, relevant, engaging and all usable in my ministry!"
"If you want to be challenged and "climb" higher in your writing, storytelling course is the place to be. Practical, friendly learning environment, sharpening, great mentors."
"I learned what to include and not include in my stories. And it was encouraging to see, that by following the simple steps, my story emerged!"
"Story in Ministry is an essential tool for those who want to expand engagement on socials and the digital environment. Capturing our constituents attention and prospective audience will matter more and more because there's so much content to consume. A ministry can differentiate its online presence by great storytelling."
Using Mobile Phones in Missions
"Very useful course to remind and inspire people that so much can be done for the Kingdom of God with the very devices that most of us hold in our hands."
"Anyone who wants to know and improve their understanding of 'Mobile Ministry'
should seriously consider the course as a key to open the door."
"It is good for novice as well as one who is experienced with applying it."
"What an enjoyable course. It provided encouragement and practical tools to help us integrate our ministry with the cultural revolution."
"An opportunity to be challenged and learn how to encourage and motivate people to use the common tool, the mobile phone to see God's Kingdom grow."
"This is a great course for people on the mission field looking to learn how they can use media in missions. It will equip you with the resources you need to begin utilizing the powerful tools already available in your target audience's hands."
"The image of God is now living in the digital arena of his creation and that is good. This course educates people to know the right use of technology for God's glory in order to fulfill the Great Commission."
"I am amazed at the commitment of your instructors, Keith and Jill. I found them to be extremely engaged with each person in the class, and so willing to be in touch with each one personally in order to assist us in our own ministries. The best training I have about mobile phone so far!"
Media Strategy Lab
Taking an older guy like me from the foundational course of social media to deeper, relevant techniques has been a challenge for the presenter, little doubt 🙂 but the older guy has valued every bit of it. If an old guy can learn important lessons, how much more bright younger people?
It is a course which is just perfect and interesting. I never thought of doing any campaign online. We have it and now I know how important is doing a campaign to promote our products.
The media lab is exactly what I needed to be in a small cohort of others working through the nuts and bolts of a media strategy. It was a great place to apply what I had learned in the Foundations class.
The lab is a great opportunity to have step by step guidance for your team in applying media strategy principles for success.
Expand Your Mission Through Media
The course was done professionally. Both from the technical point of view and the lessons. Also it has been a very friendly environment where you feel you can get connected with the teachers and the rest of the group. It is very welcoming and giving you the opportunity to speak out.