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Example Charter - New Media Outreach Commission
December 1, 2013
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Holy Apostles Parish
Charter - New Media Outreach Commission
Jesus said He came to earth to “seek out and save the lost.” Every single person matters to God. And right before He left Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.” Every single person in our community matters to us. There is nothing in life with a greater purpose than being God’s agent to lead people to eternal life and love. (Scripture passages from Luke 19:10 and John 20:21.)
The New Media Outreach Commission (NMOC) seeks to help every adult parishioner in our parish embrace new media tools to nurture existing and new relationships within our community, receive inspirational and formational messages from Holy Apostles Parish, and to tithe ten percent of their own new media messages to help others become or grow as disciples.
Responsibilities of Commission Members
Commit to being a champion and passionate advocate for the New Media Outreach Initiative because of the impact it will have on everyone the Initiative reaches.
Assist parish staff to establish Holy Apostles Parish as an effective hub of new media communications, ensuring it has a great website, social media, and other interactive media tools that they will be proud to recommend their friends visit and connect with.
Form a pilot program of 50-100 adult parishioners to participate in a season of technical trainings on new media technology, relationship building online, and outreach. Participate in this pilot phase. Learn from what works and what needs improvement for implementation in the entire parish.
Create a compelling series of presentation materials that will engage parishioners and get them excited to participate in the New Media Outreach Initiative. Help each parishioner understand and express what the initiative involves.
Establish a way for parishioners to sign-up and commit to participation. Continually and warmly invite those that have not signed up yet to do so.
Lead a parish-wide effort to train parishioners on the various new media tools (how to sign up, how to connect with the parish, other Catholic organizations, and with friends, family members and neighbors).
Invite every adult parishioner to report on their progress and to become involved in the training and outreach.
Make the process fun – one that strengthens the bonds of community and friendship in Holy Apostles Parish.
Monitor progress toward all objectives. Provide progress reports to the parish through the bulletin and parish blog.
The Commission will have a chair, a vice-chair, and up to eight other members, representing a diversity of ages, languages, masses normally attended, and ministry involvement. A good mix of talented media and technical people and those hungry to learn and get others involved should be maintained.
A member of the Parish Pastoral Council and a member of the parish staff should be included.
Commission members should have six-month renewable terms.
The Commission will communicate weekly through media tools and meet in person at least once per month.
The Commission will sponsor and offer trainings within the pilot phase and within the general phase weekly for a period of 10-12 weeks.
Minutes from the Commission meetings will be posted on the parish blog (or website).