Discipleship and Devotional Resources

As we find ourselves at home feeling isolated, organizing our house, cleaning out the attic, watching too much TV or sharing in fun games with family members, I want to offer you some insightful devotional websites or podcasts to tune into for soulful reflection. Just log onto one of these sites from your phone, I pad, or computer. I hope you find these helpful.

d365.org = The d365 daily devotional site is produces by Passport, Inc., a national student ministry organization focused on creating meaningful experience and resources for students.

Apprenticeinstitute.org = Things above Podcast The Things Above podcast is a podcast for “mind discipleship.” It is for those who want to set their minds on “things above” (Col. 3:2). Each week James Bryan Smith will offer a glorious thought—something good and beautiful and true, something excellent and praiseworthy –to fill your mind with heavenly truths.

Upperroom.org = Upper Room is part of the discipleship ministries of the United Methodist

Baptistnews.com = Baptist News Global offers various opinions and blogs by friends and leaders within the Baptist Network. Our own Rebekah Gordon offered an opinion article on March 16 about COVID-19 and Millennial bashing. Check it out.

pastorrick.com = Rick Warren’s Daily Hope You will discover a message each day from Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback church in California. Pastor Rick even has a message about defeating fear in a virus crisis.

Nextsunday.com = This is an imprint of Smyth & Helwys Publishing. It was developed in 2014 to focus specifically on church resources (SS curriculum, small group Bible Study, youth and children resources, daily devotion, and much more.

Renovaré.org = This site provides practical resources for cultivating an life –the with-God life –that makes us like Jesus from the inside out.

 

Good websites for articles or blogs

Gather Your Sunday School Class Online Using Zoom

During the weeks when Trinity is closed due to the Coronavirus, you may wish to virtually gather for a Sunday School lesson or just to gather and gab. Zoom is a good way to do this. Zoom is an online video conferencing tool that works on computers, phones, and tablets. If you are teaching a lesson, you can share your desktop if you want to show videos, use PowerPoint or other aids.

Only one person, called the Host, needs an account. You might have a teacher be the host or have your most tech savvy person handle administering your gatherings. The host invites participants using a link to the meeting.

A Participant is an invitee in a meeting scheduled by a Host. A Participant does not require a Zoom account in order to join a meeting. Participants can join a meeting from their phone, desktop, mobile and tablet devices. The first time they join a meeting, Zoom will prompt them to download the free app on their device. Once the app is downloaded, subsequent meetings will use it.

Zoom has different plans—the free one allows 100 participants in a meeting for 40 minutes, so if you can keep your gathering to that, it’s free. We like free. Christ’s love is free and eternal.

Zoom has a bunch of helpful tutorials and videos to get you started. We recommend doing the following:

  1. Go to the Getting Started page, https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697. If you are using a Windows or Mac computer to host, click on ★ Getting Started on Windows and Mac. This will allow you to sign up for an account and set it up.
  2. Check out the Zoom Video Tutorials at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials. We suggest watching the Scheduling a Meeting with Zoom Website tutorial to learn how to schedule a meeting and invite others.
  3. Set up a meeting and test it with some classmates so you can help others after you get the hang of it—the Zoom app is a little different on different phones, tablets, and desktops. Unmuting/muting is probably the thing most people will need the most.

Some Suggestions

  • We suggest one host account for your class. Each teacher could have a separate account; however, Zoom allows for recurring meetings and the link to the recurring meeting is good for a year. This means you could invite people with one link that it good for your all your regular classes—you don’t have to send out a separate link each week.
  • Use the recurring meeting if you plan to do a lesson each week (see bullet one)
  • Keep it simple and don’t require a meeting password
  • Under Video, turn on host and participant so you can see each other by default when the meeting starts.
  • Under Audio, choose Computer Audio. This will simplify the meeting invitation and the way participants connect.
  • Under Meeting Options, mute participants upon entry. This will keep the background noise (phones, dogs, popcorn makers, kids) of anyone connected muted.
  • Participants can unmute when they want to speak. We suggest suggesting to all participants that they mute themselves when they are done speaking so the audio stays clean for everyone.
  • When you invite participants, click the Copy the invitation link and then click Copy Meeting Invitation. That will copy the meeting invitation to the clipboard and you can then paste it into the email to invite your classmates.
  • Stay safe and stay connected to your class!