Other software features usually available with word
processing software packages include spell check, mail
listings, document compilation, and communication
programs. It will be your responsibility to learn the
word processing programs available for your CRP
through on-the-job training, self-study, practice, and any
other type of available training you can acquire.
Simply stated, spread sheets are tables of rows and
columns of numbers. Spreadsheets allow you to set up
a table of rows and columns and specify what
calculations you want performed. You must enter the
values for basic information into the appropriate rows
and columns. Then, simply let the processsor perform
the calculations. Spread sheets can be an extremely
useful tool in maintaining religious offering funds,
producing budgets, and controlling expenditures and
inventories. As with the word processing programs, you
should take advantage of every opportunity to learn how
to use spread sheets effectively.
Desktop publishing is highly desirable for most
RMFs. As we briefly mentioned in chapter 2, you can
use desktop publishing tools to create attractive,
effective printed materials such as bulletins, newsletters,
advertisements, brochures, manuals, and other
documents. Remember, first impressions last and
effective religious program designs will attract people
to a CRPs products, services, or points of view.
Desktop publishing programs work on computer
hardware such as an Apple MacIntosh or a PC. The
various programs for desktop publishing include
dedicated page layouts like PageMaker or Ventura
Publisher, state-of-the-art word processing programs
like WordPerfect 5.1 or Microsoft Word for Windows,
Some of the many areas for which you can
effectively use desktop publishing in the CRP are as
. Bulletins. RMF bulletins you compose using
desktop publishing can include more information that is
effectively placed and results in a publication that is
more attractive and pleasing to the readers eye.
. Newsletters. You can produce highly specialized
RMF newsletters for Navy families and ships
companies by using the most basic desktop publishing
and word processing software. Your RMF newsletters
could include eye-catching nameplates, logos,
publication information, department headings, kickers,
headlines, lead-ins, text, teasers, artwork caption
jumplines, credits, and mailing areas.
. Tabloids and newspapers. You can produce
tabloids containing front covers, inside pages, content,
and back covers. You can produce newspapers using
headlines, photographs, teasers, standing elements,
article jumplines, and advertisements.
l Special materials. You can develop brochures,
catalogs, flyers, and menus and produce sheets to
broaden the CRP. You can also use illustrations to
communicate your message. Good marketing allows
more people to get to know what the CRP has to offer.
Good advertising copy requires enthusiasm, creativity,
and initiative on the part of the RP.
. Books, documentation, and training materials.
Commands providing training and development can use
desktop publishing to create books, visual aids,
captions, annotations, organized elements, and
l Presentation graphics. RPs can employ desktop
publishing techniques to project the right image.
Chaplains can have practical speakers notes along with
congregation or assembly handouts and overhead
transparencies or lapcharts.
. Response tools. Using desktop publishing, RPs
can construct their own forms and surveys. These
instruments should be effective and easily read so that
congregations and audiences can easily understand and
Your creativity and your hardware and software are
the only limits to your effective use of desktop
publishing tools. The list of ways in which you can use
these tools could go on and on. As you become involved
in developing desktop design, you will find more ways
to use your hardware and software.
Many PCs have graphics capabilities and can use
programs to produce data displays such as bar charts,
pie charts, and graphs or line drawings. Some PCS can
use sophisticated drawing and design programs.
High-resolution color graphics can help with more
Not all printers can produce graphics output. They
must be capable of receiving graphics instructions and
also be compatible with the software. Some character