About Communication Connection

The COMMUNICATION CONNECTION is a service of the Texas Annual Conference of the UMC that is designed to provide a free “needs assessment” and match making service to connect you with the expertise or resource people who will do their best to work at church-friendly rates.

Communication Connection

UMC churches of all sizes across the Texas Annual Conference (TAC) have a new resource at their fingertips. The Communication Connection is a support service designed to match churches with communication expertise to help them – whether through consultation or specific project support.

Communication consultant April Canik, who is heading up this new support service, has a passion for kingdom communication. April has several decades of communication/marketing experience and served as the Communication Director of St. Luke’s UMC for four years before helping the TAC with the Cross Connection newsletter. By leading a workshop on Best Practices in Church Communication, April is also a key resource for congregations in the Vital Church Initiative and looks forward to being a key resource for you.


It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!
  • STEP 1: Contact Us

    Feel free to call or fill out this form to get the conversation started.

  • STEP 2: Clarify Financial Expectations
    The conference covers the cost of the “needs assessment” portion during the initial phase. Communication Connection will identify vendors to help the church. A plan of action will be proposed with a cost estimate that will need pre-approval by the church before work is completed. (This could be as simple as a logo design or as extensive as a new website or written communication plan.)

  • STEP 3: Assistance Provided

    Communication experts will invoice the TAC and the TAC will collect from the churches.


Contact us and let's discuss your project!

Our Church Communications Consultant

April Canik

On behalf of the Center for Congregational Excellence of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, consultant April Canik is available to work with churches that are committed to taking their ministries to the next level. By coordinating a team of experts within the Communication Connection network, April can help your leaders with a specific communication challenge or implement a master-planned strategy to create missional momentum to be the unique congregation God has called you to be.

  • Business-Journalism Degree
  • 1995: Earned ABC - Accredited Business Communicator
  • 2006-2010: Communication Director, St. Luke’s UMC
  • 2010-2017: Texas Annual Conference Cross Connection Editor; VCI scribe; VCI Communication 101 workshop leader

What Other Churches Say

First UMC Somerville

April Canik was invaluable with the development of our Vision Statement. She led us down an arduous road with creativity and humor that allowed us to look beyond the obvious and gave us freedom to think imaginatively. As a result, we are delighted with our new vision for the church: "Love in Action...Your Second Family!" It is who we are and what we do! And we could not have gotten there on our own. Thanks to April, we were able to step back from the forest and see the trees from a different perspective. I am grateful for her leadership and involvement.

Cheatham Memorial UMC, Edgewood

Large church or small, Jesus Christ puts us in the communications business above all else. The most freeing thing a church can do is seek a little help to find new means of telling our timeless story. Just jump in! It’s only scary for a moment and the rewards are amazing. Also...working with April Canik, you will get access to years of church communication experience and a network of experts – and probably some yellow smiley faces along the way!