Dr. Eric Joseph Speaker for Communications Conference

Fairview Ministry Sponsors Conference

By M. Patterson |  February 24, 2012

The Community is invited to be a part of a Communications Conference scheduled for March 9 and 10.  The Annual Conference, the fifth consecutively, will be held at Fairview Missionary Baptist Church and is sponsored by the church’s Communications and Public Relations Ministry.  Fairview is located at 1700 N. E. 7th Street in Oklahoma City.  
The two-day format is designed to provide participants with resources and practical techniques and tools to initiate systems and optimize existing processes to positively promote their church and church ministries.  Target audience includes pastors and ministerial staff, leaders, communication and/or public relations staff, audio/video technicians, church administrative staff, lay members, youth, or anyone that desire to expand their skills in communication, marketing and promotion.  There will be a special session on Saturday that is designed specifically for youth.
Friday night’s schedule will begin at 6:00 p.m. with registration.  The Conference will officially open at 6:30 p.m.  The opening Keynote Speaker is Dr. J. A. Reed, Jr., Senior Pastor at Fairview, where he has served for over 49 years.  Dr. Reed will address “The Leader’s Role in Being the Church Today.”   This session will include presentation as well as audience participation.

Dr. Reed, a well-known spiritual leader in the community, also serves as Vice President-Western Region of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the largest black Baptist convention, counting millions of members from churches, district associations and state conventions across the Continental United States and around the world.  He serves directly under Convention President Dr. Julius Scruggs and has oversight of 11 states, including Oklahoma. In addition to Dr. Reed’s leadership experience, he has traveled extensively throughout the United States, conducting seminars on Christian Leadership. 

Other presentations on Friday night will include an Inspirational Message on Evangelism and Communication, an informational presentation on “Marketing: Is It in the Bible?” and an interactive exercise on “Ministry Marketing.”
Saturday will begin with registration and coffee from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. The General Session will begin promptly at 9:00.  Topics to be presented include:  Principles of Effective Church Communications: Formalizing Your Communication Efforts; Affordable Church Websites; Safe Use of Social Media and the Internet to Positively Promote Ministry; Starting and Sustaining a Church or Ministry Newsletter; Photography: How to Take and Publish Quality Pictures; The ABC’s of Communicating Through Print: Writing to be Read; Flyers & Brochures That Present Your Message, Branding Your Ministry: Maximizing at Minimal Costs.  There will be a special breakout session for Youth, “Is Anybody Listening?”
Lunch will be provided with Dr. Eric Anthony Joseph, as Luncheon Speaker. Dr. Joseph is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Mid America Christian University (MACU) in Oklahoma City.  His principal duties include working with the University President by directing the annual strategic planning process, as well as helping to shape campus diversity initiatives. He serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Prior to joining the staff of MACU, Dr. Joseph served at Langston University.  He is the youngest graduate student to earn the Doctorate of Philosophy in Intercultural Education with honors at the prestigious evangelical Biola University in La Mirada, California.  His highly acclaimed tome of a dissertation was entitled: “Mandate for Diversity: A Comparative Analysis of the Black Studies Movement at San Francisco State University and the African-American Experience at Biola University.”  He also earned a Master of Divinity in Biblical Exposition with a concentration in New Testament (Koine Greek) languages, a Master of Arts in Christian Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in radio, television, and film—all from Biola University. 

Conference registration is $15 per person for both days’ sessions or churches may elect the church registration option which allows up to eight (8) persons for only $75.   Pre-registration is recommended and can be completed online through the church website at www.fairviewokc.com.  Registration forms can be obtained through the church website, by emailing communication@fairviewokc.com, or by calling the church at 405-232-1621. 
Questions regarding the conference should be directed to Jamar Patterson, 2012 Conference Chair, or Maeleatha Patterson, Communication and Public Relations Ministry Director.