Interested in starting or leading a group? Come to the Leader’s Training and Summit on August 30.
During this time we’re having to rethink how we stay connected as a church. It’s now more important than ever to be in a small group and fulfill our 5 purposes: worship, fellowship, ministry, discipleship, and evangelism. Small Groups offer the care, support, and community that we all need – especially right now.
The easiest and most effective way we’ve found to do this together is through conferencing apps (Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, FaceTime, or Facebook Video Chat by Messenger). They’re really easy to set up and use, and gives us the opportunity to continue “connecting” with each other while we “shelter in place”.
We’re here to help!
If you need assistance getting setup, or need tech support – use the live chat bubble in the bottom right.
You can also email email@example.com
1. Pick a platform (we suggest using Zoom)
• Video Meeting
Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, FaceTime, or Facebook Video Chat by Messenger
Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, or group phone call
• Download Zoom (below)
2. Decide on the curriculum
• We encourage your group to use our Weekly Messages & Notes
• You may also choose content from RightNow Media, a video streaming service with tons of biblically based content, and it’s free to join.
Tip: It’s best if everyone watches the message individually prior to meeting, so you can focus more on discussion and prayer.
3. Understand how an online group will be like
• Welcome everyone. Some people will probably be late online, just like when you meet in-person, so build in some buffer time to catch up in the beginning.
• Teach people how the Mute and Unmute button works. This is an important, and fun way to begin.
• Ask an icebreaker question, and give everyone a chance to answer it.
• Share prayer requests, and be ready to pause for someone going through a tough season. No need to rush through it, relax and slow down. End with prayer.
• You may want to include some worship songs in your meeting before and after. Here’s a playlist of songs from npworship.
4. Tech tips for a smooth online meeting
• Lighting: Have the primary light in your house shining onto your face (sunlight from a window or lamp) and not behind you. If the light is in the background your camera will struggle to display your face. Think about where is the best lighting location at the specific time your group meets and test the spot out.
• Sound: Select the quietest place in your house away from distractions and avoid turning your dishwasher, laundry, or fan on right before group time.
Angle: Make sure your camera on your laptop is pointed at your face. Use a box or books nearby to elevate and level your laptop camera. And don’t sit too far away, let people see your face.
• Settings: Login to your meeting software (Zoom) to change default mic and camera settings. Knowing how to adjust mic/camera will save you from awkward pauses, plus you can help other group members out.
• Learn to use the Mute & Unmute button. The meeting host can Mute/Unmute any participant.
• Recommend group members to download meeting software prior to meeting and give it a test run. Most platforms have a mobile app or desktop software, which is easy to install, but does take time depending on internet speeds.