Yvon Prehn and the Effective Church Communication Website:
To contact me personally:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org—if you want to talk, please set up a phone appointment through email first
address: 36 Whitman Ct., Ventura, CA 93003
I'm Yvon Prehn, the founder and primary content creator for this website. After over twenty years of writing about church communications and traveling all over North America leading seminars to help churches communicate more effectively, I now work out of my home in Ventura, CA creating the content for this website that includes articles, training materials, videos, and e-books to provide simple, practical training in print and digital communications to help churches fully fulfill the Great Commission.
I work hard to make everything I teach on the site something any church learn from and use with a limited budget and time. I don't expect anyone who does church communications to have advanced training in design, marketing, or technology. I realize most people doing church communications cram that work into already full days. With these realities in mind, all my templates and samples are created with either MS Word or MS Publisher and most recently Canva. I love pushing the envelope in what you can do with these programs and on this site I've shown people how to create website banners, graphics, and book covers and more with these programs. I also use free or low-cost resources to edit images, create videos, and websites.
Parts of the site are only accessible to ECC Members. I set up the membership area so that I wouldn't have to charge people every time I created a new e-book, training video, template, or other resource. I wish I could give it all away for free, but since that isn't possible, this seems like the best solution. Church communicators are on a budget and I felt that if they could plan a month to month or year to year, on a consistent cost, or purchased a life-time membership, it would be easier for churches to have the content and training needed. The price is very reasonable, $9.99 a month or $99 a year. CLICK HERE to sign up or for more information. If you can't afford that (church plant, economically challenged, overseas, whatever) and would use or benefit from the site, please email: email@example.com. Scholarships are available.
In addition to the practical training parts of the site, there are also hundreds of blogs, articles, and tips on managing and leading a church communications ministry in an effective and Christ-honoring way. All of this material is free on the site, though it may also appear in books. This material comes from my continuing interaction with church communicators all over the world.
The ultimate purpose on this site is to help churches to fully fulfill the Great Commission—to help people come to know Jesus as Savior and to grow to mature disciples in Him. Effective communications are essential in that process and my prayer is that our Lord will use the site to help you create them.
For questions, requests for training or resources in an area of church communications, or more information, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional background on Yvon Prehn
As the daughter of an Army Drill Sargent, Yvon grew up all over the U.S. Her father retired in Colorado Springs, which as the home of many Christian organizations, was a great place for an aspiring Christian writer to grow up. Yvon had her first article nationally published when she was 16 and went on to write for many of the Christian organizations in Colorado Springs. At the same time, for nine years she was a newspaper reporter and part of that time, religion and feature writer, for the Colorado Springs SUN newspaper.
After years of free-lance writing work, Yvon was hired as Senior Editor for Compassion International and then as Senior Editor for Young Life International. It was when she was at Young Life that desktop publishing was invented. Yvon had one of the first MacPlus computers produced (it was hand-signed inside the case by everyone who worked on it). Though her training had been in traditional typesetting and design, she immediately realized that desktop publishing would change everything in Christian communications because now churches could create things that required the resources of complete advertising agencies in the past.
Once she learned how to use the tools and technology, Yvon immediately began to teach others how to do it. She was hired and became a top-rated, national trainer in desktop publishing for Padgett/Thompson, the nation's largest one-day seminar company. She then decided she wanted to focus on training the church to use these tools so she left Padgett/Thompson and started her own Christian Communications ministry, The Lions Voice. She taught classes and worked as a communications consultant for many Christian ministries in Colorado Springs including the Navigators, Christian Booksellers Association, Focus on the Family, Greater European Mission, and many others.
Yvon traveled all over North America for over 20 years, 15 of them full-time teaching seminars on church communications. These were sponsored by a variety of groups, but for over 15 years she had a wonderful relationship with the RISO Corporation that sponsored her seminars. RISO makes printing equipment that works well for churches. Yvon had complete control over the content of her full-day seminars, church people could attend for free (and got a nice lunch), and they could look at the equipment at breaks and lunch. It was a great win/win time for everyone involved.
Yvon changed the name of her ministry to Effective Church Communications (www.effectivechurchcom.com) and continues her teaching and communication ministry now via the computer from her home in Ventura, CA.
After writing the first book on desktop publishing in the church, The Desktop Publishing Remedy (under the name Yvon York, her name before she married Paul Prehn), which was later republished as Better Newsletters, Bulletins and More! by Yvon Prehn, she continues to write books on church communications including: Ministry Marketing Made Easy, The Five Steps of Effective Church Communications and Marketing, Devotions for Church Communicators, Church Connection Cards, and many other books. She has written for many of the major Christian magazines including Christianity Today, Discipleship Journal, Today's Christian Woman, Youthworker Journal, Ministries Today, Computing Today, Clergy Journal, Church Office Computing, Pulpit Helps, and Your Church and she now writes for a variety of online publications. She has been the communication columnist for Christian Computing Magazine, now Ministry Tech for over 20 years.
Yvon has degrees in English, Education, a master's degree in Church History and has done additional graduate work in theology and communications. She has taught high school English and was an adjunct professor in church history at Regis University.
In addition to her formal experience in these areas, Yvon gets the opportunity to practice church communications in very practical ways. She and her husband Paul have worked in many areas of ministry in the church, especially in single adult ministry, adult education, and small group ministry wherein Yvon has taught and created many church communications and marketing materials.