Thank you for coming to this site! I’m glad you’re here! I’m Sus Schmitt, author and originator of eQuipping for eMinistry (e4e).
The Origins of eQuipping for eMinistry
I’ve been on staff since 1975. My first assignment was the receptionist in the computer services department. After two years, I was challenged to become a programmer and so began my tech journey. I’ve been mostly self-taught in tech things ever since. When I left the office to focus on starting our family, I continued learning computer skills which soon included the Internet. About 2007, a friend challenged me to begin blogging.
God has used all this tech experience and given me a heart for Cru staff and a skill to communicate tech help without the technobabble.
As of October 2017, the Top Posts on eQuipping for eMinistry are:
- How and Why to Add Click-to-Call
- How to Open Apple’s “Pages” Documents on Your PC
- How to Manage MailChimp, Newsletters, and PDF Attachments, Part One
- Workflow Options: MailChimp, Newsletters, and PDF Attachments, Part Two
- From PDF to MailChimp: Supercharge Your eNewsletters
- How to Get Started with the Oxygen Theme for WordPress.com
Making e4e Even Better for You
I started this blog in 2009 and have over 500 posts on ministry and technology. Starting in 2018, eQuipping for eMinistry will have most posts arranged into the resource pages. You’ll be able to go into a general topic, like “security” and find a resource page listing the post topics in a logical way, as well as outside links, to help you get to a resource more quickly. In the past, you would search for “security” and find a chronological list of e4e’s posts on the topic.
Also, I’m focusing new posts on blogging-related topics. Many of the new blog posts will end up on resource pages over time, but topics will be along these lines:
- WordPress, MailChimp, social media, Scrivener, podcasting, etc. as these relate to blogging
- Content help, layout, SEO, and other tricks of the blogging trade
- Encouraging and promoting Cru writers
How I Would Like to Help You through e4e
Finding Your Way Around eQuipping for eMinistry
Signing up for an email subscription to e4e. You will receive regular emails with new ideas for using technology for ministry. Posts, on the average, are twice per week.
Use the categories across the top of the website or the tags at the ends of posts to find content. I also have a search bar on every page.
I love good music, a good book, and being outdoors. My husband, Mike, on staff since 1979, is a business systems analyst, also at Cru headquarters. We raised three great adult children, but now we have six since all are married. We have three grandchildren and another baby on the way!
I’m active on social media as a ministry.
I initially had eight blogs and merged them into three because I have three audiences. My focus for each blog is:
- Encourage the use of technology for evangelism and discipleship (this blog);
- Motivate and equip readers to share their faith as a way-of-life (MikeandSus.org);
- Reach and resource my readers who have limited access to biblical truths (The Sovereign).
Some of these blog posts were featured on cru.org:
This interview on 4Word Women explains how I got started with e4e; my heart in what I’d like to do for staff with using technology for ministry; and some of the hurdles staff face and the different ways I try to help them.
eMail me at e4e at cru dot org or comment anywhere on the blog. If you would like to consult with me see this page for what I could help you with: Inventory of Consulting Services.
Disclosure of Material Connection: As the webmaster, I have not received any compensation for writing these posts. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. However, I am on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. Regardless, when I recommend material from Campus Crusade, I only recommend material that I believe will be a good value for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” (http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html)