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Communications

The FUMCFW Communications program is dedicated to reaching church members, visitors, guests, and surrounding community with ongoing, accurate, and up-to-date information about all the ways in which First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth lives out its mission to Love God, Serve People, and Transform Lives.

By using all available vehicles, from “low-tech” print and verbal delivery of information to cutting edge digital, audio/visual, web-based, and social media strategies, FUMCFW Communications maintains systems and processes to help connect our congregation and community with First Church worship opportunities, ministries, programs, and events.

In addition to providing program-driven information, FUMCFW Communications is also a Ministry of Story, seeking to tell the important stories of our church and its ministries through FUMCFW Weekly News, CONNECT Magazine, and A/V Vehicles including our weekly Live Stream of Worship Services, ongoing video content, StoryArc, and podcasts/playlists available on our YouTube channel and SoundCloud.

Regardless of the program or event to be promoted, the story that deserves to be told, or the accomplishment that needs to be shared in order to reflect the rich FUMCFW tradition of ministry, outreach, and community, this friendly and responsive communications team is always ready to serve with creative ideas, strategies, and materials to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our ministries and congregation.

Contact: Melinda Smoot, Director of Communications | msmoot@myfumc.org

Plan Your Event

Book Your Space

Ready to schedule your event on (or off) campus? We’ve streamlined this process to allow you to book your space and provide all your set-up requirements. If you need help booking your space, contact Sandy Williams (swilliams@myfumc.org).
Book Space (EMS)

Request Communications Support

Once you’ve booked your space, please be sure to place your request for support to let us know about your upcoming events, program details, deadlines, and promotion needs. And, following your event or program, use this request link to share the stories and/or photos from your ministry activities!
Request Support

Share Your Story

Submit a Blog

This is the place for staff and congregation to submit stories, observations, reflections and photos to be included on this site.
Submit Blog

Share Photos

Email your church event photos to communications@myfumc.org. If you would rather bring photos on a CD or flash drive, you can always drop them off in the Main Office. Thank you for helping capture meaningful moments for all to enjoy.

Communications Deadlines & Turnaround Times

Materials, Graphics, and Event Promotions

The turnaround time for materials and event promotions (print, web, and social media) is two weeks.

Allow an additional 1 – 2 weeks if you need something produced out of house, such as signage, business cards, large quantity printing, or imprinted specialty items.

To be certain that your project is in line for production to meet your deadline, use the communications request form the submit your request with complete details.

Use the blog submission form to submit your blog for the Weekly E-news by Wednesday at midnight. Other blogs will be posted within two days of submission.

Submit all AV requests one month in advance for Live Streamed Events and Video Recordings; two weeks in advance for voice-over presentations.

When you submit a request through our system, there is no need to also email individual team members. If you see the message that your request was successfully submitted, everyone on the team is in the loop. You will also receive a copy of this request or blog submission via email for your records.

Seasonal Deadlines

Submit complete information about seasonal programming (programs to be promoted as part of a seasonal theme) online using the communications request form within the following deadlines:

Summer Programs — May 1, 2021
Fall Programs — August 1, 2021
Advent 2020 — November 8, 2020 (Advent begins November 29)
Lent 2020 — January 15, 2021 (Lent begins February 17)

Please note that seasonal opportunities will follow the deadlines above and will not be an exception after those deadlines have passed.

Web Updates

Submit your request three business days before you’d like for your update to go live.

Remember that it is your responsibility to monitor your section of the website to make sure your information is correct and up to date.

 

Media Ministries

Since the first broadcast of our morning worship service on Sunday, March 2, 1975, FUMCFW Media Ministries has reached out in innovative ways to our congregation, the community and beyond.

Although the church ended its live television broadcast on January 26, 2003, this ministry continues to thrive with Internet broadcast and DVD mailing programs to ensure that we continue meet the needs of our virtual congregation. Each week this volunteer-driven ministry live streams and records our 11:00 am traditional worship service, our non-traditional eleven:eleven celebration, and The Gathering, our teaching service, for podcast, YouTube video archive, and for mailing DVDs to our homebound church members upon request.

Social Media

Did you know that each week we post to social media more than 100 times to promote programs and events, encourage people to our different worship services, highlight our ministries, and tell our stories?  

Did you know that since we are able to target and boost to specific audiences, we’re reaching more people with a genuine interest in what we’re offering as a faith community?

Did you know that because the average Facebook user has 338 friends, any time someone shares one of our posts on Facebook it increases our reach exponentially?

And what is the result of all that posting, boosting, and targeting? An online congregation with inestimable reach! Last year a message from our church was received more than 4.5 million times. Our average engagement rate (likes, shares, comments) is 15.5%, more than three times what the industry considers “Exceptional.”

With our Facebook community now in excess of 10,000 people, a Twitterverse of more than 3,500 (As of this week we have tweeted over 14,000 tweets — a new milestone!), and newly focused launch on Instagram (@FUMCFW) where you can find photos you won’t see anywhere else, behind-the-scenes stories around programs and events, and more, FUMCFW is a social media force to be reckoned with — spreading the messages and ministries of our church to an ever widening circle worldwide!

If you want to get in on the fun, like/follow FUMCFW on:

StoryArc

Sharing our stories is a way to help make sense of not only our world, but of God’s presence in our lives. StoryArc is a creative online platform for sharing stories of God’s presence in our lives through words, images, and music — all encapsulated in a 2 – 3 minute user-friendly storytelling format that offers opportunity for profound connection as a community of faith around the stories we share.
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