It’s no secret that people are getting busier and busier as we move further and further into a technological age. Whereas most people used to set aside an entire day for church-going and church-related activities, now people might miss church entirely if their schedules pile up. Additionally, getting to church can prove challenging for elderly people and anyone with a mobility issue.
But one thing that hasn’t changed is people’s need for good prayer and support, and that’s where toll-free prayer line conference calls can help. Setting up your own conference bridge service is easy, and the benefits are innumerable.
In this post, we’ll walk through the steps required to set up toll-free prayer conference calls for your church so you can be sure your entire congregation is consistently getting the support they need.
What Are Toll-Free Prayer Line Conference Calls?
The concept of a toll-free prayer line is fairly simple. You can think of prayer conference calls in the same way you might think of office meetings. Folks from around the world can come together on a single call to share information and ask questions. And while conferencing is typically used in a professional setting, the functionality can be easily applied to other scenarios and situations, so you can enjoy a prayer line that works for your specific needs.
In the same way that a work conference call brings people together, prayer line conference calls can act as a virtual meeting place. In the context of prayer, this can have many applications. Take, for instance, members of a congregation who are traveling for vacation or business; just because they aren’t able to physically attend church doesn’t mean they can’t be present. By simply dialing in to your church’s unique prayer line number, congregation members from far and wide can enjoy services together.
With a toll-free prayer line, your church can also expand the amount of time available for your congregation to come together in prayer. Members of your congregation, and even their families or other loved ones, can call into a toll-free prayer line to request specific thoughts and prayers for themselves or others. If the prayer line conference call is being recorded, those messages can be downloaded and shared with other congregation members.
Plus, if you schedule specific conference call prayer times, everyone on the line can come together to increase the power of the prayer.
Tips for Setting Up Prayer Line Conference Calls
With most prayer line conference calls , a prayer leader is chosen to guide the meeting. The leader takes care of the toll-free conference line details to ensure all attendees have access to a prayer line that works.
Like a meeting leader would do in a professional setting, prayer line conference call leaders will decide when to schedule the prayer line, send out details on how to participate, and develop a rough agenda to follow during the course of the prayer conference call.
It might sound counter intuitive, but just like during a regular prayer meeting, we recommend planning your prayers in advance of the toll-free conference prayer line calls. By laying out a basic structure with the following tips, you’ll end up with a much more productive prayer meeting and happier participants.
1. Prepare participants in advance
During any prayer meeting, in person or via conference call, people do better with some guidance. Prior to the prayer conference call, it may be helpful to provide categories and examples of prayer along with some basic boundaries, in an email to prayer line participants.
If you know there will be a lot of people on the prayer line conference call, you might consider setting a time limit so that everyone has a chance to share their prayers before the meeting is over. Or, if the line will be open throughout the day, all you need to worry about is providing participants with a toll-free prayer line number so they can easily call in when they’re ready to pray.
2. Set up call playback
Some congregants may not be able to join a prayer line conference call at the scheduled time. To accommodate all participants, set up a call playback so that church members can dial in and listen at their own convenience.
With Branded Bridge Line’s call playback feature, you can record sermons, prayers, and other messages for attendees to easily access when they have time. You can even record a different message every day so that members always have something new and inspiring to look forward to. Pastors, hospital chaplains, and other religious leaders love this feature as a means to stay connected with their community.
3. Send out the number for prayer conference calls ahead of time
When it comes to the actual logistics of setting up a toll-free prayer line, if you use a service like Branded Bridge Line, the steps to take to get everything up and running are simple and straightforward. If you’re the prayer leader, simply share your church’s unique prayer line number with congregation members – and that’s it! No need to worry about PINs or links.
To give members time to prepare their prayers and ask any questions, try to send out the prayer line number at least a day in advance. Your number never changes, so participants can save it to their contacts and call into prayer line conference calls with ease.
4. Use a toll-free prayer line number
Give participants a simple and free way to congregate with a toll-free prayer line conference number. When a congregation member is in need of prayer and support, the last thing they should be worrying about are call tolls.
Branded Bridge Line makes it easy to select a plan with a toll-free prayer line number, ensuring that members of your congregation can call from anywhere without having to pay long distance fees.
No PINs. No Hassle.
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5. Provide local numbers for different area codes
In addition to offering toll-free prayer line conference calls, you can make members from any location feel especially welcome by providing them with a dial-in number that uses their area code. By using a format that’s familiar, your congregation members can easily remember the number and dial into your prayer line conferences without confusion. Plus, by giving attendees in other countries a local number to dial, they won’t have to worry about paying international tolls.
A prayer line from Branded Bridge Line offers multiple numbers that all connect to the same prayer conference call. You can even connect people in different countries via a toll-free prayer line number. You could have congregation members from Manhattan, Mexico City, Atlanta, and Amsterdam all on the same prayer line conference call.
By selecting a toll-free prayer line with local area codes for your callers and congregants, you can ensure it’s easy and affordable for them to connect and get the support they need.
6. Use a prayer line that can support your whole congregation
As you choose a conferencing plan for your toll-free prayer line, make sure the conference call provider supports the number of participants you anticipate joining. Most free services offer support for a limited number of callers, while other paid services make you pay for extra callers you don’t always need.
With Branded Bridge Line, you can choose a plan that fits your prayer line conference call needs with unlimited conference calling plans. Not ready to go unlimited? You can add additional callers at any time if something changes or your prayer line increases in popularity.
7. Set up a customized call greeting
Want to really make congregation members feel inspired? Set up a customized greeting that plays when a participant joins the prayer line conference call. This could be a simple message from the church leader, or even a song that celebrates your faith.
Help your participants smile and get into the right head-space for prayer with a customized greeting, which comes standard with prayer lines from Branded Bridge Line.
The Benefits of Conference Lines for Churches
Another benefit of having toll-free prayer line conference calls is that you can use the line for additional church meetings and functions. Branded Bridge Line offers dedicated lines, so when you decide on a number, it’s yours to keep. Since the conference line stays assigned to your church or organization, you can schedule its use on your terms.
If you schedule your toll-free prayer line to be live during certain hours of the week, the conference line will be available for other uses when the general prayer line is closed. You can even set up separate, topic-specific prayer conference calls for different times during the week so that members with similar situations or needs can meet to pray together. With your very own conference line, the possibilities are limitless.
Branded Bridge Line makes managing your conference line easier than ever with an advanced conference call management interface and teleseminar services. You can set up various recordings to play when people call into the line, plus it allows for in-call management to help you track who is speaking and even mute certain lines to avoid distractions while the prayer leader is talking.
Prayer Line Conference Call Solutions for Every Church
If you’re looking for the best solution for toll-free prayer lines for your congregation or conference call services for non-profits, look no further than Branded Bridge Line. In addition to providing toll-free and local dedicated lines, and easy to manage conferencing, we also allow you to customize your prayer line greeting.
Other free conferencing solutions assign random numbers and come with pre-recorded greetings that advertise their own services. We make it simple to put as much pride into your toll-free prayer conference calls as you put into your church and its services.