Dr. Theresa DuhartGeneral Secretary/Chief Information Officer Department of Communication and Information Technology Read Bio Bishop James B. WalkerEpiscopal Chair of CIT Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr.Episcopal Vice Chair of CIT General Department Staff Mrs. Sharon DossBusiness Services Coordinator Connect • Unite • Share The purpose of the Department of Communication and Information Technology (CIT) is to oversee communication and information technology for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and to connect, unite and share information within and beyond the walls of the Connectional Church. The General Secretary/Chief Information Officer (CIO) oversees the Department and staff, processes, communications and technologies to ensure deliverable outcomes that support the goals of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Resources CIT Technology Portal CME Churches - Websites For Your Church CIT Tech Talks Videos On Demand BOLD Local Church Ministries Embracing Digital Technology Essentials and Resources for Next Level Ministry CIT Resources Department Functions and Responsibilities Mission-Critical Communication and Information Technology Oversee mission-critical communication and information technology for all functional purposes in the denomination to meet the needs at all levels of the church, having responsibility for communication and information technology components of the CME Church at the Connectional level. Tech Services, Tools and Platforms To empower the Church with standardized technology services, tools and platforms to build and enhance ministries and generate revenue services including standardized email and information communications; establish and maintain operational technology platforms; develop, secure and store electronic data that belong to the Church; and assist in the use of software and data management to all functional areas of the Church.Develop information, resources, databases, apps and services that provide channels of communication to and from all levels of the Church. Represent the General Church interests in new technological developments in the fields of communication and information technology, including research, the evaluation of new devices, apps and methods, and the application of technological developments to the communication and IT services of the Church.Operate a CME Technology portal that provides discounted computer hardware and software from major vendors. Communication Strategies Implement communication strategies using state of the art communication and technology tools and resources to connect, unite and share the mission and message of the CME Church within and beyond the walls of the church. The Department shall oversee a comprehensive communication system for the Church, providing a total view of communication structure and practices. It shall unify and coordinate public media messages and programs of CME departments. Public Relations Strategy Oversee the public relations strategy and activities including branding for the General Church. The Department shall be responsible for setting the official brand guidelines of The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and preserve and protect the integrity of the denomination’s intellectual property, copyrights and royalties. The Official CME Church Website To maintain and further develop the official Web site of the CME Church format for all connectional Departments and Episcopal Districts; maintain the General Church’s social media sites and other technology platforms that can connect members of the General Church internally and externally. Create Digital Resources and Spaces To plan, create, produce or cause to be produced, and distribute or cause to be distributed resources that are informative and vital to the life of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. It shall work with all CME agencies in coordinating resources produced for strategic Church initiatives. The Department shall provide digital content spaces for clergy and laity in local congregations in a variety of accessible formats to promote understanding and appreciation of the connectional Church, to develop support for and encourage participation in initiatives, ministries, and missions of the general Church and its departments, and to provide such resources and information to assist local congregations and their leaders in carrying out their ministries.Publish digital or e-books, e-journals and other online material for distribution by the CME Church.Provide for appropriate translations of materials to the greatest extent possible, in languages designated by the General Conference of the CME Church; provide for appropriate translation of materials to the greatest extend possible of the Discipline in electronic format in languages designated by the General Conference of the CME Church. Education and Training Educate and train at all connectional levels in communication and technology principles and skills, including workshops and training experiences in communication and technology skills related to various media.Suggest and collaborate on creative funding sources and opportunities for alternative streams of income for the CME Church using technology platforms In collaboration with the College of Bishops, establish CIT teams at all levels in all Episcopal Districts with persons knowledgeable in the fields of communications and technology, to include periodic consultations for such purposes as idea exchange, information sharing, joint planning and monitoring and evaluation of the General Church’s communication and technology components. Meeting Support for Registration and Sustainability Provide online registration support services for all connectional meetings, and assist Episcopal Districts with their online registration efforts, with each event financially accountable to compensate the Department for this work. collaborate College of Bishops, General Officers and other CME entities to provide and support virtual conferences for the CME Connection as requested.Implement a “green” strategy for connectional meetings and assist annual conferences in developing a paperless strategy for the purpose of cost savings and ecological conservation efforts. Establish and Participate in Collaborative Partnerships Create and participate in partnerships with other General Departments, and national, international, interdenominational, interfaith, and other organizations working in communications and information technology as deemed relevant to the mission and ministry of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.