Mission and Culture

Using Zoom with RightNow Media for Groups and Bible Studies

Friends, as you know, “normal” has been upended by work and school disruptions. Opportunities to interact and celebrate (birthdays, prom, graduations, Passover, Easter, etc.) are being altered or abandoned. We grieve the loss of many lives and of what is familiar. Historians sometimes say that you can’t tell the significance of a moment until decades later. Without doubt, this is a significant moment.

We are experiencing a truth that children learn from a simple Sunday school chorus: “The church is not a building … The church is people.” Where God’s people gather, there is the ekklesia(Greek; translated in the New Testament as church), the assembly of those called out. The technology of paved Roman roads facilitated the spread of the gospel in the first century and, if we grasp it, present technologies can enable the church to assemble virtually for continued growth and mission.

How to facilitate a small group or Bible study using Zoom with RightNow Media:

Open your free RightNow Media account by clicking this link. The Salvation Army—USA East provides everyone connected to a corps in the territory their own account for streaming a huge library of Christian media. For more information, see http://saconnects.org/right-now-media/.

Open a Zoom account by clicking here. Zoom is temporarily waiving attendance and duration limits on free accounts. Because no one knows how long restrictions on movement and gathering will last, the group host should consider having a paid account.

Schedule your group’s meeting time in Zoom, which integrates with calendar apps. Be sure to make it a recurring meeting. Zoom can automatically create an email invitation for participants or you can copy and send the meeting details (link, ten-digit meeting number, and dial-in number).

Select your group’s focus—a biblical book, social or theological issue, missional concern, training or ministry topic. The leader may propose options for the group from the RightNow Media library.

The Zoom app and website will provide technical details about starting and running the meeting, but the guidance below is specifically about using Zoom to lead a discussion-based RightNow Media study.

We highly recommend that all participants use a headset or earbuds during the meeting to ensure sound quality. We also recommend that participants mute themselves when not speaking.

If the group plans to view the video portion separately, each member should open a RightNow Media account so they can watch at their leisure. If you choose to watch together, follow these instructions:

When you are ready to start the video, click “Share” on the Zoom app menu. A selection window will open. First, check the “Share Computer Audio” box in the bottom left corner to allow others to hear. Then, select the web browser (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Safari) you use to view RightNow Media.

You can control the video (e.g., play, pause, full screen) and your group can speak at the same time. But, you may wish to mute the microphones and use Zoom’s chat feature (see app menu) to make comments during the video. After the video, click “Stop Share,” and discuss.

If you have any questions or would like additional tips on forming and leading groups for disciple-making mission, contact Corps Leadership Development (isaiah.allen@use.salvationarmy.org).

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