Every Sunday we gather as the church and celebrate the good things Jesus is doing in His family. To keep the conversation going all week we use a tool called HRF Connect through the Slack app. It's an online messaging app that allows us to share prayer requests, evidences of grace, connect with people in our fellowship groups and ministry teams, and even have a few random conversations.
If you would like to sign up for HRF Connect, please click the link below.
HRF Connect is pretty straightforward in the way it handles communication. However, we want to give you some helpful tips to get you started.
To start off, Slack is the messaging app. You can download the mobile app or log in on your desktop below.
When you log in, you'll notice that Slack works by splitting communication into two categories, "channels" and "direct messages." A channel is like a big conversation about a specific topic. A direct message is like a text message to one or more people; it's private and perfect for conversations that aren't meant for a public channel.
When you first join you'll be automatically added to the #announcements, #member-needs, #member-events, and #member-random channels. Check out other channels to join, by clicking the channels button and searching the public channels.
The next thing to do is set your notifications, and upload a photo of yourself. You can do this by clicking the "HRF Connect" option at the top left of the desktop app or editing your profile in the mobile app.
This should be enough to get you started, but if you are still interested in learning more, check out this help page from Slack or send a DM to @hrf.
We want HRF Connect to be a tool for communication. It shouldn't replace face-to-face interaction, but it should help keep everyone connected. Like any tool, it is only useful if you use it correctly, so we have a few rules to make clear.
We won't edit any of your posts, but we do reserve the right to delete a post if it contains rude or offensive commentary, abusive or graphic content, anything considered "trolling," and anything considered "spam."
If we find that you are a repeat offender with inappropriate posts, we reserve the right to suspend your account.
If you find a post that is questionable, send a direct message to @hrf.
Your posts should be encouraging, supportive, and helpful. If not, keep your thoughts to yourself.
Speak to others the way you would like to be spoken to.
Assume the best of others when reading a post. There is a lot of nonverbal communication that is missed in Slack, so show grace.