Bible Students Online

Online Meetings

ACTIVE ZOOM MEETINGS or BLOGS:

IV4S — Internet Volume 4 Study
S.E.S. — Sunday Evening Study

HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS & RULES:

Start and end with a Hymn if possible.
In meetings where hymns are played, a good mic is essential for proper music quality.
The chairman should ask individuals in a private chat if they would like to pray, read a scripture, etc. rather than asking in the public chat window.
The Full Name should be listed on the side under Presenters list.
Do not touch or move the mic after it has been properly positioned.
Be sure your microphone is turned off if you are not speaking.
When speaking, watch the chat window for comments such as "No sound" or "Too loud".
Repetition of typed messages such as "No Sound", "No Audio" etc. is not necessary.
Scribe notes are only to be entered, modified, etc., by the scribe. It is best to allow the scribe to post scriptures as well, unless an alternate translation is being offered.
Personal comments in the chat area are very useful, if kept short and to the point.
Participants are encouraged to put their hand up at any time, even before the current speaker finishes.
Watch the clock, make thoughts concise, particularly toward the end of a meeting.
Elder Brethren might wait for newer Brethren to answer/talk first. Those who are shy should try to participate more.
The chairman should feel free to call upon whatever hand he decides is best; not necessarily in the order raised.
Consider jotting down points you wish to make before speaking.
Do not repeat points made by others unless adding something to it.
Questions to ask self:
   What do I want to say with expressions, references, examples?
   Are my thoughts complete and clear or do I expect others to read my mind?
   Is my participation too little or too much?
"Think before you speak" is a solid rule for all in every situation.
We should not be discouraged from speaking if we stutter or repeat ourselves trying to get the point made, but should make our best effort to speak clearly and concisely.
In general, 80% of comments are made by 20% of participants. Efforts should be made to enlist greater participation. All wish to hear a full cross-section of the Brethren.
The chairman should use discretion to limit discussion on questions in any study.
Avoid long prayers. Be specific and to the point.
Certain principles which apply in a study also apply in testimony meetings, such as keeping to a reasonable time limit.
Scriptures:
   2 Tim 3:14-17 (KJV) "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; (15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
   1 Cor. 14:40 (KJV) "Let all things be done decently and in order."
   1 Cor. 10:31 (KJV) "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."