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Seven How-To tips for ministers to embrace Teleseminars, providing a way for people to listen to a minister’s message no matter where they are – at home, on the way home, at the airport, babysitting. Not only useful for midweek classes, it's also an easy method of outreach to those who are bedridden or in nursing homes or hospitals.

Teleseminars are an innovative way to spread the word – and religion is no exception.

Here are seven primary tips to help ministers accommodate their congregations lifestyle and rejuvenate them with age old technology. It’s not as ominous as it seems.

Churches are getting over the idea that they shouldn't be in step with modern technology. There are big screen TVs to broadcast to large congregations, smaller screens and special software to project hymns and the minister’s sermons.

It’s even easier to use the ‘old-fashioned’ telephone to reach the busy populace during the week.

Ministers can use them for guest speakers. This is very cost effective and appeals not only to the congregation but to the guest – it enables them to participate in more seminars when there is no travel.

1. Decide to use (or at least test) teleseminars for your midweek, special messages or guest lecturers.

2. Determine a date and a time for the teleseminar.

3. Obtain a tele-bridge phone line.

-There are paid services and free services. They can be purchased 24/7 or on an as needed basis. Hint: use the individually booked lines to test your system before committing to a 24/7 line.

-Determine the number of people you envision being on the call and book a telebridge line appropriately. Hint: start small (50 people) and work up.

4. Inform the congregation of the date, time and topic and method of signing up. They can sign up via direct email or using a webpage and an auto responder. Even a phone call to a designated person would work.

-Direct email is essentially no additional charge.

-Auto responders come at varying prices – they are convenient but not necessary depending on the staff availability and expected number of registrants.

5. Develop a method of informing the registrants of the phone number and pass code they need for the call.

6. Remind the registrants of the details of the call.

7. Conduct the call.

8. Optional: Arrange for recording of the call. Always have a backup recording.

  •      There are many services that will record the call.

  •     Use a software program and a device that connects the phone to a computer to make the backup.

9. Optional: Make a replay and/or an MP3 file available afterwards.

10. Optional: Have transcripts made of the call for distribution.

There are more optional components depending on how deep the minister or the board of directors wants to go. But a church could conceivably conduct experimental teleseminars at no cost other than their pre-existing email service.

Dr. Anne Kunath (founder of the Church of Today in San Antonio, TX and Executive Board Member of the International New Thought Alliance) and Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher (retired Navy physician and founder of Getting Unstuck, LLC) have been doing teleseminars in New Thought and have received rave reviews. Dr. Wurzbacher is available for consultation.

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