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Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs

122 C Street N.W., Suite 125
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: 202-783-7507

Building Networks

Creating a Telephone Network

Below are suggestions to help you create a telephone network.

How to Call

State your name and say where you live, or say: "I'm a constituent."

State your concern /State your request:
"I'm calling to encourage Senator ZZZ to vote for Senate Bill #507."

Increase Your Impact - Create a Telephone Network

We recommend the process lower down on this page.

Person #1 receives a message and then calls two people. Person #10 receives two calls and telephones #1 to confirm that the message has been received. If #10 hears from only one side of the network, he or she only has a few people to call to find where the message got stuck.

This design asks for a very small commitment--only one or two phone calls per person.

Note that each person on the chain is the contact for their congregation. Each person can create a network in their congregation.

Who Decides When to Send a Message?

Call your person #1 when your representative or senators are key to the vote. If a local committee takes responsibility for starting messages, call the hotline numbers every month to keep track of what issues are "hot" in Congress. Decide as a group what issues your network will act on and whether non-legislative messages can be sent through the network.

How Often Should You Use the Network?

Every 3-8 weeks. More often than this demands too much time; but without use, telephone network members are likely to forget about it.

How to Create a Telephone Network in Your Congregation

1. Talk to clergy and lay leaders before going ahead. Do you want to use the copier, phones, or get official approval?

2. Make public announcements, put up a poster, and put a notice in the bulletin. Then talk to people personally about joining the network. Don't expect that anyone will join the network because of an announcement, but do expect that people will respond if you invite them personally and tell them how limited and simple the network is.

Responsibilities of Telephone Network Members

Person #1:

  • Send a copy of the telephone network to all members.
  • Call hotline number every week.
  • Call persons #2 and #6 with action message if appropriate.
  • Receive a call from #10. Report calls and letters written by network members to legislators.

Person #10:

  • Call #1 when contacted by person #5 and #9.
  • If you do no hear from one side of the network within two days of hearing from the other side, call up the network to find where the message broke down.

Persons #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9:

  • Call the next person on the network to pass on the message and say what you plan to do (write a letter, call, ask some # of other people to write or call).
  • Notify congregation of action requested.

Person #2 or #6:

  • Take the place of #1 if s/he goes out of town.

To Keep the Network Fun and Functioning...

Have a social event as soon as the network is set up and every four month thereafter. Potlucks with a speaker or film and time for socializing are fun and enable us to build friendships. It's much more fun to meet the people on the network than to call unknown persons.

Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs
122 C Street NW, Suite 125
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone (202) 783-7507
Fax (202) 783-7502

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