Zoom.us: Zoom is a video conferencing website and app with an option for users to phone in, making this a great option for smaller congregations to connect for worship or other virtual gatherings such as meetings and training. Click here to learn how to create an account, join and schedule a meeting, and so much more.
FreeConferenceCall.com: This is ideal for congregations who may not have internet connectivity or whose members and visitors are more comfortable on the phone than a computer. By signing up, you will receive a free phone number for participants to dial in, enter the passcode provided, and easily connect the host and/or pastor with up to 1,000 participants. For more information or to sign up, click here.
WhatsApp: WhatsApp provides fast, simple secure, private messaging and calling for free. The messaging feature allows for groups of up to 250 persons, each. The app also allows for transfer of pictures, and pdf documents (ideal for sharing worship orders and bible studies materials). The video calling feature provides for an easy to use and secure one on one video conferencing, ideal for pastoral care. The App is free and is available for android and iPhones. There is also a PC/Mac Desktop App so that administrators and regular users can text/video conference directly from their PC/Mac.
Some possible groups for a local church, include:
You can download WhatsApp to your Smart Phone through the Android or ITunes Stores, or by going to whatsapp.com/dl in your phone browser. Visit www.whatsapp.com to download the WhatsApp Desktop Version and for video tutorials