Baptist World Alliance
Eron Henry, Associate Director of Communications
Neville Callam, General Secretary
Phone: +1 703 790 8980
Fax: +1 703 893 5160      

May 13, 2011

For Immediate Release

Communication training seminar planned for Malaysia


Washington (BWA)--The Baptist World Alliance will host a communication training seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in July.


The seminar will be one of the activities held during the BWA Annual Gathering in Kuala Lumpur from July 4-9, and is aimed at leaders and communicators from conventions and unions in the Asia/Pacific region. 


Presenters include Tony Cartledge, former editor of the Biblical Recorder, the Baptist state convention newspaper for North Carolina in the United States and a blogger with Baptists Today. He is associate professor of Old Testament at Campbell University Divinity School in North Carolina and chair of the BWA Communications Committee.


Other presenters are Julie Belding, a freelance editor and writer who is former editor at DayStar Publications, a New Zealand  evangelical Christian magazine publisher, and past editor at New Zealand Baptist, the national Baptist magazine in New Zealand; Gillian Francis, director and chief executive officer of Caribbean Christian Publications, publishers of Sunday School and Vacation Bible School materials for 26 countries in the Caribbean and Central America, and editor of the Jamaica Baptist Reporter; and Leo Thorne, associate general secretary for Mission Resource Development for American Baptist Churches USA.


Topics to be explored are writing skills - press releases and news stories; producing a newsletter; news and social media; developing a strategic communication plan for conventions and churches; and using audio visual media for more effective communication.


Approximately 60 convention leaders and communicators from Asia/Pacific are expected to attend, in addition to local Baptists from Malaysia and other persons who have registered for the Annual Gathering.


The meetings will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Baptist Church on July 3 and 4.