When someone is called as bishop they suddenly become very popular. Part of this popularity is the perpetual ringing of the phone. Of course each bishop has an executive secretary that will set up appointments and help organize the busy schedule. But that won’t stop the phone from ringing. People feel like their issue is important enough to streamline communication to the bishop. From someone having a bad day to someone looking for a rent check as soon as yesterday. I have known bishops that have simply plugged in their answering machine and stopped answering the phone. But then the bishop has to find time to sit down, listen to each message, and then figure out how to get the information to the the Executive Secretary to fit it in the schedule.

Luckily you are a leader a decade into the 21st century. Technology can make life easier. The technology I am referring to is Google Voice, and every Bishop needs it. In short Google Voice is a free service provided by Google that lets you handle phone calls more effectively. You pick a number to use and then adjust your settings to make your life much easier.

Here is how it will change your life:

The Phone Stops Ringing

Typically the phone rings and you yell to your wife, “Let the machine get it!” This is no more. Simply adjust the Google Voice settings so no phones ring when a call comes in. It will take the caller directly to voice mail. The voice message is then emailed to you or you can get the message through your phone or even through a smart phone app.

Block the Unwanted

Ever get a call and wonder, “Who is this person and how did they get my number?” Well it will probably happen time and again. Makes you wonder if your phone number is written on a bathroom wall somewhere with the message, “Call this guy and he will pay your rent.” If this is the case simply add the number to be blocked and the next time they call they will hear, “We’re sorry you have reached a number that has been disconnected.”

Delegate, Delegate, DELEGATE

Most of the phone calls the bishop gets can easily be delegated to someone else. Google Voice makes this easy. Simply email the message to your counselors or the executive secretary. “Hey Brother Sekritary, this message is from Sister Nessomhelp can you call her back and set up an appointment?” Very slick!

IT’S FREE

Then I guess it is worth a try

To learn about other features of Google Voice click HERE.
So how do you set it up? Simply go to www.google.com/voice and sign on to your Google account (or set up a Google account first). This is where it gets fun because you get to pick your number. It will ask you for your area code and/or a word, phrase or number. Your number could be (801) 555-BISH or 801-2RE-PENT (Depending on availability of course). Once you select a number you are ready to adjust your settings and improve your efficiency.