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Media Relations

Public Information Office

The Public Information Office works to increase awareness and understanding of the mission and ministries of The United Methodist Church through the dissemination and placement of news and information through the secular and religious media, including newspapers, radio, television and magazines. This is accomplished by:

  • Linking journalists seeking a United Methodist perspective with experts on church issues in the U.S. and around the globe,

  • Maintaining the United Methodist Press Center, an online resource for news media located at,

  • Providing consultative services such as media strategy planning, public relations and crisis communications assistance to church agencies and annual conferences,

  • Training church leaders and communicators on how to become skilled, articulate spokespersons, as well as how to handle crisis prevention, response and communication.


United Methodist Communications offers live training opportunities to hone your communications skills as a spokesperson and during a crisis. For more information email

Get Positive Publicity Seminar

This highly interactive one day seminar will help you develop basic skills for communicating effectively with print, radio and television reporters. Read More

Media Crisis Training

This one-and-a-half day workshop is vital for anyone whose responsibility includes identifying and responding to a crisis, and who may speak directly to the news media. Read More