Canberra Region Presbytery-Technology Training Launched for Congregations    

Janice Wood, Operations Manager for the Canberra Presbytery hosted the latest Microsite Training bootcamp for congregations across the region in early October in response to congregations needing assistance with websites and social media training.

“Congregations rightly identify that a way to increase member numbers and welcome the community to their church is to have a presence online,” said Janice of the successful training in a blog on the Presbytery website. “Importantly it is also a way they can reach out into their communities and tell the story of the transforming love of Jesus.”

With some congregations not knowing where to start, the simple Microsite template assists congregations with basic information on where to start, what tone of voice is helpful to reach those who haven’t gone to church and gives churches an opportunity to reach into their wider communities with the good news of the gospel.

Janice believes this training can be further developed to foster and support a network of passionate members across the Presbytery who are keen to both develop their skills and move into digital ministry that builds community.

“With this under our wing we headed into our very first training day on the 4th October at St Columba’s in Braddon. The training session was fully booked with our consultant Steve having to extend our standard attendance numbers to cope with demand,” says Janice.

Attendees work on a template which allowed them to design their congregation website to reflect their unique expression of faith and up and coming events.

Some of the feedback from the day included:

  • “The new website format is so user friendly”
  • “I’ve never designed content on a website before this was so easy”
  • “The trainer was very good, easy to follow”
  • “I built on my knowledge to upload podcasts, really helpful”
  • “Thanks Presbytery!”


Attendees busy creating their website content

Attendees busy creating their website content

With such a successful first session, the team have plans to host training for coastal and country Congregations and then back to Canberra for an additional session due to demand.

“The attendees from our first session are already planning an ongoing support group to share knowledge, ideas and challenges in fellowship. A fantastic result,” says Janice.

If you are interested in joining any of the Coast, Capital or Country sessions email Janice and she can keep interested Congregations in the loop for future training.

For more information about the Mircosite Project and Building Online Communities click here.