Need some free professional development? My favorite sources are leaders in their field of expertise, and you can learn from them (sometimes for free) by signing up for webinars.
What is a Webinar? Consider it like a seminar you attend, but your attendance is ‘virtual’ through the Internet. You’ll be sent an email with a date, time, and link for viewing the webinar. Typically, you will see the presenter’s slides and hear their voice during the presentation. Afterwards, he or she may take questions from the viewers who type their questions into a box on the webinar page.
My Recommendations for Catholic New Evangelizers
1. Nonprofit Webinars: My top pick. This site offers webinars on a wide variety of topics — from marketing and media on a budget to fundraising and development, targeted to persons working in nonprofit organizations. Even if I can’t tune into the live webinar, I always sign up for sessions that interest me. When the webinar is over, I’ll be emailed a link to the slides/video archive, so I can watch at my leisure.
Today, leaders from Meeting for Results and Guided Insights speak on utilizing virtual meetings.
2. Ave Maria Press Webinars: More geared towards the spiritual, Ave Maria Press offers less-frequent webinars on subjects specifically geared towards Catholics in ministry.
Tomorrow, the great Lisa Hendey offers her expertise on incorporating Advent into your ministerial work.
3. Peter and Paul Ministries: Connect with these Catholic new evangelizers through Facebook, Twitter, or G+ to get notified when they host an occasional webinar. You can watch recordings of their previous webinars/hangouts: “Apostles in New Media” (I was blessed to present), “Really Using Social Media for Ministry,” “Catholic New Media Hangout,” “New Media and the Black Catholic Community” and their interview with Team Orthodoxy on evangelization tactics.
More Personalized Experience: Want a more regularly-scheduled, personal, learning experience? Consider signing up for Pastoral Media Formation, a program I’ve highlighted previously. You’ll not only get weekly live training, but also personal phone call follow-ups, tips by email, and occasional webinars with Catholic media leaders. The cost is worth the benefits.
What’s your take?
Do you have any other sources to share? What webinar topics would you like to see?