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 RMA hosted continuing ed seminar on social media and communications in spring 2012.

hosted by the Reinhardt University Ministerial Association

Lunch and a beverage are included in the $35 per person registration fee. 

Social Media, Communications and Evangelism: How the "tools" can help spread The Word

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

at Reinhardt University
Hoke O'Kelley Auditorium in the Burgess Administration Building
Waleska, Ga. 30183 directions >

In an age of instant, constant and rapidly changing connectivity, the church must have a consistent and meaningful presence in the lives of the congregation and its community.

This workshop will explore the following questions:

  • What is social media?
  • Why do I need to use social media in my church? How do I connect with varying demographics, including Young Adults, through social media?
  • How do I update traditional means of communications? How can social media be used as an effective evangelism tool?

We will explore new ways of staying connected through social and electronic media, updated ways to keep your church connected through print publications, and help you rethink radical hospitality through the lens of social media. An iPad, tablet, smartphone or laptop computer may prove helpful but are not necessary to engage in this workshop.

Seminar Leaders:

The Rev. Jasmine SmothersThe Rev. Jasmine R. Smothers

Associate Director of Connectional Ministries of the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

Smothers serves as the staff resource for existing Black Church Development, Natural Church Development, Multi-Ethnic/Cultural congregations, Cross-Cultural/Racial appointments, and Young Clergy leadership. Jasmine is also a church consultant for Small Membership Churches and the staff liaison for the Annual Conference ministry teams.

Smothers serves the Church and her community as a workshop facilitator, writer, consultant, advocate and preacher. She is active on all levels of the United Methodist connection. She has served as the President of the North Georgia Annual Conference’s (NGUMC) Young Adult Ministry and is a graduate of the NGUMC’s New Church Leadership Academy. Jasmine also served as the co-chair of Division of Young People’s Ministries for the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the UMC. Currently, Jasmine serves as a board member for the General Commission on Religion and Race of the UMC and as a member of the UMC’s Study of Ministry Commission. Jasmine has represented the North Georgia Conference at the World Methodist Conferences in South Korea and South Africa and the Global Gathering and Legislative Assembly for Young People in South Africa.

She is a native of Atlanta, Ga., and graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.  She is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.  Jasmine tweets at @revjaz. For more on her background >

The Rev. David Allen GradyThe Rev. Dave Allen Grady

Dave Allen Grady serves as an elder in the United Methodist Church where he lives out his passion to help people identity and use their passions as the Beloved Community is made real.  A graduate of the Candler School of Theology, Dave has served in a broad range of churches in multiple Annual Conferences, including a church of more than 6000 members and a rural circuit Great Britain. 

Currently, Dave is the senior pastor of Druid Hills United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Ga. He serves as chair of the North Georgia Conference’s Advocacy Team, is a board member of Intown Collaborative Ministries and the Georgia Pastors’ School and will be a member of the delegation to represent the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church at the 2012 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. 

A strong advocate for empowering people, Dave encourages churches to embrace social media as a way to relate to communities in a new way, encouraging people to offer the gifts present in them. Dave twitters at @daveag.