“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
How do we continue to meet together, in a time when meeting together is complicated?
I am pleased to introduce you to Avaya Spaces, an online Web conferencing tool.
I know there are many options out there these days, but here is what makes Avaya stand above many others, and why I believe it was the perfect solution to our church at just the right time.
- It requires no software. All you have to do is click a link and type your name.
- It is simple to use.
- It can be accessed by anyone with a computer, cell phone, or touch tone phone (all that’s needed is the phone number and numeric code, which can be given to anyone). A camera and microphone (available on most tablets and laptops) is a signifcant advantage-but not necessary.
- It comes with its own app- (Avaya Spaces), turning a smart phone into an instant broadcast point.
- A single online meeting can have up to 500 people in it at a time, with 15 appearing on screen.
- It allows for screen sharing and document sharing (for Bible studies or meetings).
- It has a built in chat capability for those who might not have a camera.
- It has already been tested in Wuhan, China during their lockdown.
- It has been gifted to us by Avaya until the end of August.
Here is how we could potentially use this.
- Growth Group meetings.
- Children and youth online events.
- Ministry planning meetings.
- Online streaming of our support ministries, like Celebrate Recovery.
- Checking in with a group of friends.
- Checking in with family members, (Easter is only a few weeks away).
- We can gather our entire congregation together when the need arises.
Currently our staff and Growth Group leaders, along with various ministry leaders (search team, property and finance, elders board, etc) will automatically get an administrative account, allowing them to setup meetings and invite people into them.
This will hopefully happen today.
- Please keep an eye on your Junk Mail folder if you don’t receive one.
- It will come from Avaya directly.
- It is simple to setup, and you can call me directly if you have any problems.
- Use the email address you received Avaya’s email at, even if it asks for a work email address, and be sure to fill in your details.
If you are not a part of one of the groups listed above, and need an account, please contact me by email and we will get you into the system.
A special thanks to Avaya for taking a complicated piece of this chaos, and making it the simplest part of my week.
We are looking out for you, who can you look out for today?