You'll receive a reminder email two days before the class. Please
be sure to set your spam filter to allow emails from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call in a couple of minutes before the class is to
start. When you dial the conference number, you will be asked to
enter the PIN code, followed by the # sign. As soon as you do, you will be
on the call.
At the start of the class everyone will have the chance to
say their name and where they're calling from. Helpful information about
teleclass participation is found below in the "Teleclass
Tips" section of this FAQ page. It is also found in the
"Teleclass Tips" link on your class page.
The class will include a presentation by the leader on
the class topic -- and there will also be time for conversation and
questions. eMinistry classes always begin and end with prayer.
When the class is finished, everyone says goodbye -- and you
simply hang up!
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What's a web-seminar?
How does it work?
Participating in a web-seminar usually requires that you have the ability
to be on the phone and online at the same time. Please only use a cell
phone if you absolutely have to -- that is, if you have dial-up internet
service. Each cell phone increases the possibility that the sound
level quality of the class will be poor.
You will find all the information you need to
participate in the class via phone and computer on the private web-page for
the class. When you register, a confirmation email will send you the
link to this page.
A web-seminar is a class which has two parts -- the audio
(either on your phone or through your computer speakers & microphone) and the
visual (through logging on to the web-seminar website.)
Depending on the topic, the above material may be covered in a series of
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How do I
sign up for a class?
It's easy! Click on the registration link next to the
teleclass name you want to sign up for, and you'll be taken straight to our secure
As soon as you're registered, you'll receive an automatic
confirmation email giving you all the information you will need to
participate in the class.
If you do not receive this email within one day after
registering, please email us
or call us at 509-456-7344.
Reminder: you will need to adjust the time of the class according to
where you are located: for example, if the class is to be held at 7:00 pm
Eastern and you live in California, you will call in at 4:00 Pacific. You may also
need to adjust your calendar to reflect regional differences in Daylight
If you want to register several participants from your congregation for a class, you can
do so by clicking the registration link next to the class listing -- this will
bring you to our "shopping cart" page. Enter the number of registrations you wish
in the "quantity" box on the page and the total registration amount
will appear. Then click "check out." On the
check-out page, in the "Comments" box at the bottom, you must include the name and email address of each participant so we can contact everyone individually with the call information and class page link.
On selected classes, a registration discount may be offered for two
or more participants who register together.
We are always looking to expand our teleclass offerings.
us an email and let us know what ministry you want to explore, and we
will do our best to 1) connect you to some resources and 2) develop a teleclass
on that topic.
They are leaders in ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in other
mainline Protestant denominations -- lay people and clergy who have expertise in
a particular area of outreach or congregational ministry. All of them have had active
participation in a congregation, and understand how ministry works
within the congregational setting. We have sought them out and asked them
to share their knowledge with you.
Some of them may have led workshops on their topic in
their diocese or at a conference for the wider Church.
You can find biographical information for each of our leaders
below the description/listing for their class, along with any available links to their ministries.
If you have experience in a particular ministry area and would like to lead a
class, send us an email
and tell us about it! We will be happy to explore the possibility with
If there is a link to their ministry website, you can contact them directly
through that website. If there is no additional link to the leader, you
are welcome to send them an email
via the eMinistry Network, and we will see that your email gets
forwarded on to them. Please be sure to put the leader's name in
the subject line of the email.
Please note: Our policy is not to give out our teleclass leaders' email addresses.
What if I register for a class and then find out I can't
Click here for our registration and
Participating in a teleclass is like being part of any group situation
— certain practices will give the best experience for everyone on the
call. Here are some things to
be aware of. But above all,
relax! The teleclass process
is much easier than it may sound….and we’ll do our best to make it a
great experience for you!
call in from a grounded, "land line" or, if necessary, a cell
phone. Please do not use cordless phones or computer VOIP -- which can cause static and background noise.
The more participants on a call, the more everyone's noise gets magnified! Speaker
phones are not permitted, as they negatively impact the sound quality for
2. Try to call in as close to the scheduled class time as possible.
The class will have a few minutes in the beginning when
participants can check in (usually you can just give your first name and
your location. The leader may
ask what size congregation you are in.
This will give the people on the call a sense of who’s
participating and from where, and gives some time for the group to gather
3. If you have to call in late, please just join the call but don’t
announce yourself, as that can interrupt the class process…. Feel free
to introduce yourself later when you want to ask a question or make a
4. You can always hit "Star 6"--*6 -- while on a call to
"mute" yourself. This
is especially important if you have dogs barking or other noise happens
while you are on the call. We have heard everything on a call
— dishes being washed, lunches eaten, etc. — so please make sure to
use the mute option if that will help the class.
5. When you want to say something during the class, introduce yourself
and then wait for the leader to acknowledge you. It often happens
that several people begin to speak at the same time — that’s okay!
The leader will ask for your names so that you can each get a
chance to talk.
6. Also, you of course never have to say anything if you don’t want
to! Sometimes participants
just want to be active listeners. Participation
is helpful to the class as a whole, and the leader may ask a question or
ask for a few people to comment, but feel free to participate only at the
level that you feel comfortable.
7. And remember, just as in any conversation, make sure everyone has
the opportunity to contribute if they want to.
If you have special questions or needs, the leader may arrange to
follow-up with you after the call.
8. Your feedback is very
important to us! We make considerable changes in our classes based on
participant feedback. After the class you'll receive an email with the
link to the class feedback form (the link is also on the left-hand column of
your class page) -- please fill it out and submit it as soon as possible.
9. Other than that, dial into the class and enjoy!!
Can I audiotape a teleclass I participate in?
No. Audio taping of teleclasses by participants is not permitted.
Can I have others sit in on the
class with me -- either on other extensions or via speakerphone?
No. Using a speakerphone negatively affects the sound quality of
the class for everyone. Everyone needs to call in on a separate
line. Also, participants should register and pay for the teleclass
individually -- this enables us to email them phone information and the
link to the class page for each teleclass. This is a ministry -- we
keep our registration fees moderate, and at this time they are our sole
source of funding to cover the basic costs of holding our classes and
paying our leaders.
If several people in a congregation would like to register for a
class together, we encourage you to do so! Congregations can benefit
from members' sharing the same teleclass experience, and can use our
teleclasses as a basis for further discussion or exploration.
On selected classes, we offer a discounted registration fee for three
or more participants from one congregation.
Please click here for more information on how to
register your participants.
Please contact us!
Probably others have the same question, and we are constantly working to improve
this website. Your suggestions will be most welcome.
Revised: July 22, 2009