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We Have a Story to Tell!

November 14, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

$5 – $30

A communications training for the local church. Hashtag: #Story2TellUMC

Keynote Speakers  |  Workshops  |  Promotional Resources  |  Schedule  |  Registration Closed

Registration is now closed. Email communications@pnwumc.org to be added to the wait list.

We are born storytellers. We tell stories through books, sermons, and blog posts. We tell our stories through the decisions we make, the way we spend our time and money. Everyone is a storyteller and in this digital age, everyone is also a publisher as we tell our stories through daily status updates, photos and videos of our families, friends, and yes, food.

But what about our faith?

As God’s people, we are called to communicate and we have an amazing story to tell! It is a contagious story of love and freedom for all people but despite our fondness for St. Francis’ admonition* it doesn’t always just tell itself.

  • What is a church to do to communicate with relevance in a world which moves so quickly?
  • How do we, as the church and as followers of Jesus, move skillfully to adopt communications tools and practices to speak through the noise?
  • Should the church promote itself and how can it do so with tact and grace while reaching people it doesn’t already know?

On Saturday, November 14th, you are invited to join us at We Have a Story to Tell where we’ll engage a number of these questions in both inspirational and practical ways. You’ll have the opportunity to listen to practitioners who have wrestled with some of these same questions as well as learning from experts (including resource people from United Methodist Communications) who know some of the nuts and bolts of how things work.

Keynote speakers, Ray Buckley and Rev. Bill Gibson will open and close the day with a variety of workshops filling the space between.

This training is for lay people, staff, and clergy persons of various skill levels who are interested in helping their churches to more effectively tell their stories both internally and externally.

Keynote Speakers  |  Workshops  | Promotional Resources  | Schedule  |  Register closed.

Registration Notes

Please plan to register by Noon on Monday, November 9th.

Groups are encouraged to come and register together. Individual registrations are $30 but teams of 2 or more can register for $25 each. Childcare is offered for $5 per child.

If you are traveling from outside the Seattle or Tacoma Districts, first, thank you. We know it is an extra burden and you have our sincere appreciation. Second, if your are from one of the other four PNW districts (Puget Sound, Inland, Seven Rivers, or Vancouver) or from OR-ID, you are invited to use the discount code “LONGDRIVE.” This will give your driver $15 off their registration. If you have more than one driver, they’ll need to register separately to use the code.

Credit for Lay Servants: Kathryn Garnett, PNW Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries, will be offering Advanced Course credit to those Lay Servants who attend.

Hospitality Notes

Childcare will be available for children (Preschool thru 6th Grade) at a cost of $5 per child (food and care will be provided). Please register them and be sure to provide their age and any food allergies in the space provided.

Lunch, morning, and afternoon snacks will be provided during this event. Please shared your dietary requirements with us and we’ll work to accommodate those that we can. Please be in touch before you register is you have concerns so we can make special accommodations.

The event is sponsored by the Communication Commission of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference, and United Methodist Communications.

This event is also taking place in the Portland on Monday, November 16th in Woodburn, Oregon. Please refer to the Oregon-Idaho Conference website for more information about speakers and workshop topics and for registration.

* “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”


November 14, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$5 – $30
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Patrick Scriven


Puyallup United Methodist Church
1919 W Pioneer Ave
Puyallup, WA 98371 United States
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