Professional Development

APR Accreditation

Visit our APR Accreditation page to learn more about this voluntary designation and accreditation program available to RCC members from the Universal Accreditation Board.

Personal Learning Resources

Looking to build new knowledge, skills, and abilities? Or want to refresh ones you haven’t used in awhile? Below are several trusted resources to help you grow — personally and professionally.

From courses to degrees, Coursera offers 100% online learning from the world’s best universities and companies on a wide variety of topics. Many individual courses are free. Consider the offerings in their Marketing, Leadership and Management, and Personal Development libraries.

LinkedIn Learning

Learn business, creative, and technology skills online from industry experts. An on-demand video learning library with more than 14,000 courses, LinkedIn Learning is available as part of a premium subscription. A free one-month trial is available.

Google Analytics Academy

Does your organization use Google Analytics? Google Analytics Academy guides you through a free online program to improve your data collection and analysis skills with this measurement tool. Complete their online program and you can earn your Google Analytics Certification for free as well.

Webinar Recordings

Rapid response: Getting and staying ahead of the story

Whether you manage communications for an individual house of worship, a community or regional organization, or a national agency, being prepared to communicate in a crisis—or even highly irregular circumstances like a pandemic—helps to ensure accurate, consistent, and faithful responses on behalf of those you represent.

During our August 6, 2020 professional development webinar, RCC member Ryan Koch reviewed what advance planning you can put in place to prepare for crises; how to define direction and responsibilities with senior leaders; and how to craft concise talking points for internal and external audiences.

RCCongress 2020 Recorded Webinars

See Convention page for webinar descriptions

Backpack Journalism: Multi-Platform Story Creation with Gregg Brekke, Visual journalist and Executive Director of the Associated Church Press

Pew Research – The Decline of Christianity in the United States: An Update on America’s Changing Religious Landscape with Dr. Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center

ΘeoCon (Thee-Oh-Con): Where Theology Meets Pop Culture! with Rev. Shayna J. Watson, Canon Pastor at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Religion Writing: From Pitch to Publication with Adelle Banks, Production Editor and National Reporter, Religion News Service

Content is Everything. What is YOUR Strategy to Use it? with Lou Ann Sabatier, Principal and Lead Consultant at Sabatier Consulting

Creating a Third Space: Communicating Across Religious and Cultural Boundaries Through the Arts with Dr. Patrick M. Beldio, Teacher, scholar, and artist

Pew Research – Americans’ Views on Religion’s Role in Society and Politics with Claire Gecewicz, Research Associate at Pew Research Center

Storytelling and Media Arts that Spread a Vital Faith with Rev. Dr. Ron King, Founder and Director of Sidebar Stories, and Ken Medema, Musician, Composer, Founder of Brier Patch Music and Ken Medema Music