Monday, April 13, 2009

Presbyterian Communicators' Network Conference - part of Big Tent

Presbytery of Des Moines pastors and communicators,

As a part of the Big Tent multi-conference PC(U.S.A.) gathering this June, the Presbyterian Communicator's Network (PCN) is presenting some great workshops and plenary speakers. Join us at the tent, June 11-13 in Atlanta, Ga., at the Hyatt Regency.

Workshops include:

  • Social Media 101, lead by 218th General Assembly Moderator Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow [workshop]
  • Reaching the Un-Churched and De-Churched [plenary session]
  • Communicating with Different Generations [plenary session]
  • Communications as a Ministry [plenary session]
  • Church Newsletters: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [workshop]
  • Beyond Language: Multicultural Communication [workshop]
  • Worth a Thousand Words? A Graphic Design Primer [plenary session]

There will also be offerings on photography, web design, worship technology and many others. This is 3 days you won’t want to miss packed with great speakers and time to network and share ideas. We are also planning, if you come to Big Tent with the PCN conference, a tour of CNN headquarters followed by a special Q&A session with a CNN insider.

Budgets are tight, but Big Tent is truly a great value. Participants can attend activities for the PCN conference or sample workshops from any of the other partner conferences (a total of 10 different partner groups). In addition, there are shared Big Tent activities that include inspiring worship, shared meals, and a great outdoor celebration event at Centennial Park. And bring the kids – there are special programs for children, youth and young adults.

Register soon and save! The first 100 individuals to sign up for the PCN conference will receive free hotel accommodations. That will save you $300 on your conference (see details on the attached flier). There is still time to be one of the first 100 if you register now. You don’t have to be directly involved with presbytery or church communication to register. We encourage all to sign-up. The “early bird” deadline has been eliminated, which means the early bird registration fee will not increase. There are reasonable day rates for those who live in the Atlanta area or those who can only attend a day or two.

Visit for more details and to register. See you at the Big Tent! If you have other questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Presbytery's Director of Communication Kim Coulter at 515-276-4991. If you decide to go, let Kim know so we can coordinate sessions to get our maximum dollars worth.