Getting Started on Zoom

Getting started on Zoom

As we continue to find new ways to stay connected with our community, we encourage you to use this Zoom to check in with friends, loved ones, or even your fellow ministry members. Zoom is a great, free tool, to video and audio conference with others. See below for information on how to set up Zoom.

1. Download Zoom on your device.
For Phone

  • Go to App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android).
  • Search for Zoom Cloud Meetings and install.   

From Desktop

  • Go to www.zoom.us/download
  • Click on Zoom Client For Meetings to download.
  • Be sure to choose YES when asked about allowing the app to make changes to your device.
  • To utilize the video option (for others to see your face) your device must have a webcam.
  1. Once downloaded, follow the prompts to create your account.  
  1. Click on the meeting link you wish to attend.  The meeting isn’t opened until close to the scheduled starting time.  If you miss the starting time, you will be joined while the meeting is already in session (and that’s okay). Often times, a meeting host will send you a link to a specific meeting. Once you have the Zoom program downloaded on your phone or computer, click the link at or just before the specific meeting time, should allow you to join the meeting with ease.
  2. If you want to initiate a Zoom Call, open your app/account click the orange “New Meeting” button. Once you window is open click “Invite” on the bottom menu bar, and then “copy invitation” at the bottom of the window. You can then paste into an email to all those you’d like to invite. Within the invite there will be a link they can click to join your meeting. The host must have a zoom account, but the invitees, don’t necessarily need one. So you can invite people who don’t have Zoom and as long as they have the link they can join your call.

Troubleshooting Zoom

  • If you are having problems joining a meeting, contact your Meeting host, utilize tutorials on Zoom.us, or request a free demo on the Zoom homepage.
  • If you don’t want to be seen on video, there is an option to turn off your video.  You will still be able to see and hear everyone else.
  • Be patient with yourself the first time. Ask for help if you need it.