If you’re looking for a way to make church meetings more efficient, you’ll want to learn about Zoom’s self-selected breakout rooms. They’re a game-changer for church meetings. Zoom’s polling system and security features can also help you get more out of your meetings.
Zoom’s self-selected breakout rooms are a game-changer for church meetings
In mid-September 2020, Zoom introduced self-selected breakout rooms. With this feature, church meeting hosts no longer need to manually move people from one room to another. Instead, they can select people from a list of options and open up the breakout rooms when the time is right. This is especially helpful for church meetings, where you never know who will show up.
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Self-selected breakout rooms are a game changer for church meetings, as participants can choose a room based on topics or areas of interest. The participants can move between rooms by clicking an icon in the Zoom web portal, and they will see everyone else’s video feeds arranged in order. In addition, the host can arrange the video feeds of each group in the order they prefer, displaying them in the same gallery view for all participants.
Besides the self-selected rooms, Zoom also supports instant hellos. Instant hellos allow participants to introduce themselves to each other and make connections. Another option is to allow participants to come back to the main session at any time.
Setting up a Zoom meeting
If you’re setting up a Zoom meeting for your church’s weekly services, there are a few things you should know before you begin. First, you’ll need a meeting ID. This is usually a nine or ten-digit number. You’ll also need to enter that id when you’re joining the meeting. This is similar to joining a regular conference call.
You’ll need the host of the meeting and a computer or mobile device with the Zoom app installed. The software will detect these devices and automatically detect the meeting’s location. You’ll also need to pay a small monthly fee to keep the meeting running. There are two ways to set up a Zoom meeting, but remember that the free version only supports 40 minutes of meetings. If your church plans to hold more than one Zoom meeting each week, you’ll have to upgrade.
The host of the Zoom meeting is the one who controls the meeting. To create a meeting, go to the Zoom signup page and follow the instructions. Make sure to select a strong password. Then, you’ll be prompted to choose a meeting name. You can also set the start time and duration of the meeting. Once you’ve made a few changes, you’re ready to begin the meeting.
Using Zoom’s security features
If you’re a member of a church and plan to use Zoom for your meetings, you may want to learn more about the security features available for your church meetings. In recent years, Zoom has been the target of numerous hack attacks, some of which have garnered extensive press coverage. The attacks range from hurling abuse to showing porn videos.
One way to secure your church meetings is to use a password. By requiring passwords for each meeting, you will limit access to people who are invited to the meeting. If you’re using two-host accounts, you can use a single-host password for each meeting. This will prevent unauthorized users from accessing your meetings. In addition, you can limit access to Zoom members to members of your ecumenical services.
When setting up your meetings, Zoom automatically generates a password and meeting ID. This password is then embedded in the meeting link. However, you can change this setting to strip the password from the meeting link manually.
Using Zoom’s polling system
Using Zoom’s polling system during church meetings can be a powerful way to engage participants. The tool allows you to create polls for single or multiple-choice questions that are visible during meetings. Zoom’s polling system also displays the number of participants at any given time. There are some major drawbacks to Zoom’s polling system, however, so it is a good idea to test it out with a small group before using it for a larger meeting.
First, Zoom’s polling system does not provide detailed reports. If your church is looking to create a survey for a group of people, this may not be the best option for you. However, if your congregation is a small church, this type of polling system will allow you to manage a smaller group. Additionally, Zoom does not offer weighted voting, so you can’t use it for a large group of people.
Second, the polls remain active for a specified amount of time. The polls can also be downloaded, but this requires contacting Zoom support.