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In meetings there can be an intersection of Church and the State of Technology. Religious meetings at venues are usually intended for continuing to build relationships and deepening a commitment to one’s ministry. Although social technology isn’t widely accepted in church service, there’s still opportunities for technology to be implementing in religious meetings.
- Audience-polling – Use technology like the IML connector to find out what your members are interested in pursuing at the meeting. What do they want out of the experience? It’s a religious meeting which means they’re there because they want to be there so be sure to address their needs.
- Having a voice- Another benefit of the IML connector is the ability to text in answers. Small percentages of people are willing to stand up and state a comment or ask a question. Text gives someone shy the power to share their comments via a full text QWERTY keyboard. There’s a high-quality microphone so members can voice their opinion; the connector by IML also features a virtual queue for their turn to speak.
- Customized social community – Services like Pathable enable members to join a social network for the event. Members will join the online community prior and forge a friendship with members before arriving.
- Set-up appointments – Similar to Rejuvenate Meetings reverse tradeshow who already sees the value in one-on-one appointments. Companies like Pathable and Streampoint allow members to set-up calendar requests at religious meetings and retreats. For instance, a member might schedule a one-on-one scenic walk with a new member or a reflection with another member in a quiet corner.
Other options for religious meetings include outsourcing registration to a meeting software company like eTouches – if you don’t have the manpower dedicated to managing the system. Before choosing what technology to implement, consider your objectives, list your end goals and decide which tools (if any) will help you get there.