New Course: Using Office 365

office-365-iconOffice 365 is a massive collection of applications and services offered by Microsoft – the creators of Windows and the popular Office Suite.  As an OC employee you have access to an incredible amount of applications to foster productivity and collaboration through the Office 365 for Business Premium plan.

So much is possible with the Office 365 making it one of the best option in productivity tools on the internet.  With so many apps, services, and features comes a rather steep learning curve.  Fortunately, Microsoft provides a lot of documentation, training, videos, etc. to help their users use each app to it’s fullest potential.

This course shares

  • what you get with your 365 account
  • how to get help and find the information you need
  • some helpful websites and videos
  • an archive of one-page guides for each app or service

Use this course as a reference when you run into problems or take it now in preparation for the Office 365 rollout in OC.

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OC’s Foundations

worldEvery ministry decision you make will help or hinder you as you work to accomplish God’s will for you, your team, and the USMC as a whole.  But how can we know God’s will as we make ministry decisions?

The Holy Spirit has given OC a vision, mission, strategy, and guiding principles.  These statements and values show us God’s plans and desires for OC.  If we are to be in God’s will, we must be working to accomplish the mission He has given us.  If we aren’t working towards the accomplishment of our mission, we are not in God’s will and in sin.

It’s absolutely essential that we know, understand, and are able to use OC’s guiding statements and values to make ministry decisions.  A new course on the Learning Center, Understanding OC’s Foundations, helps us to discover and critically consider OC’s guiding statements and how to use them properly.

Appointees and new missionaries are especially encouraged to visit and revisit this course so that our guiding statements not only become known in our minds but become ingrained in our hearts as well.  Our veteran missionaries could also benefit from taking this course, since we’ve recently re-written our guiding statements.

Come to the Learning Center and check out our latest course, Understanding OC’s Foundations and discover what God’s will is for OC.

Partnership in Missions

“It’s easier to do it on my own.”  “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”  “Sharing on a project would be too difficult.”

If we’re honest with each other, we’ve all had thoughts like this – reasons why we don’t want to partner or collaborate with another person, group or organization.  And at the time, they seem like good reasons.

On the other hand, God has designed humans to work together to accomplish His will.  He has structured His will in such a way that we absolutely must work together to get anywhere.  Paul describes the church as one body working together – we can’t get anything done without one another.

The Partnership in Missions suite of courses on the Learning Center provides the basics of developing partnerships with other ministries and organizations.  Find out:

  • The biblical and practical motivations to use partnerships
  • God’s Design for Partnership
  • What needs to happen behind the scenes
  • Exploring the possibility of partnership
  • Step-by-step instructions for the partnership formation meeting
  • The characteristics of an excellent partnership facilitator
  • Various network and partnership structures
  • An end-to-end example of developing a partnership

Get started with Partnership in Missions to learn how to develop a partnership from start to finish.

Five Tips to Thrive in Online Learning

A world class learning experience is five tips away.
  1. Be really curious!  In every moment, want to know and understand more.
  2. Embrace a culture of learning over a culture of earning.  Concern yourself with learning and growing personally instead of getting that A+.
  3. Manage your time well.  Where are you going to carve out the time to devote to being curious and learning?
  4. Build connections.  Be aware of the people behind the course (instructors, learners, authors, etc).  Reach out and connect with these people.
  5. Leave it a little better than it was when you first came.  Contribute to the learning environment, your fellow learners, and the course.

 

What else might you add to this list to make it even better learning experience!

You Need More Days at the Beach!!!

Take a moment to be honest with yourself: Do you take all your vacation days?  Do you leave work at work when you’re on vacation?  Do you let yourself enjoy the time off?

Taking more vacation (or the full number we’re given) has been linked to increased happiness, better performance, even higher raises!  Check out this infographic from Quill.com.

Where are you planning to go on your next vacation?  Let us know in the comments below.

Joy, Hope, Cheer, But Mostly Shopping!

Christmas can be a busy time of year for everyone. And it’s important to settle down and take some time to remember the coming of our Lord in the flesh.

However, it’s also a time for excitement, laughter, and joy!  Enjoy this musical home light show from Tom BetGeorge and Straight No Chaser.

Tom BetGeorge also has home lights shows for Sarajevo (Carol of the Bells) and Star Wars.

We hope your home is filled with laughter this Christmas.  Merry Christmas!

Everyone Needs Research

research-logoEveryone does research.  Every ministry needs research.

Do you think these statements are true?  OC believes that research is the foundation of excellent and successful ministry.  In addition, it is the assumption that every OC worker will, in some way, be involved in doing research.  What part can you play?

Finding Your Way with OC Research is a collection of online courses designed to instruct OC workers in the purposes and processes of doing research in OC.  Developed from the training of OC’s research giants, Jim Montgomery, Bob Waymire, and Paul Yaggy, Finding Your Way is designed for every OC worker.

Level One introduces the purpose, value, and biblical basis of OC Research to every OC worker.  Enroll and get started today!

Level Two delves further into how research is beneficial to OC’s ministry and provides a guide to doing field research.  Whether you’re a leader, research, or mission information worker, this information is essential for the success of your ministry planning and implementation.  The first two modules of Level Two are currently available.  Enroll and get started today!

Note: These courses are currently only available to OC workers and staff.  If you’re not a member of OC, but would like to participate, please contact the facilitator and OC researcher, Russ Mitchell.