5 Ways Churches Are Using Faithlife Groups

faithlifegroupsFaithlife Groups have been growing in popularity for a few years now. But if you’re new to the scene, you may find yourself wondering, “How can my church use this?”

There are lots of ways Faithlife Groups work well in small groups, and when your group encompasses your whole church, the value of that group only increases. Some churches use an assortment of features to create fellowship, and others hone in on particular tools available in Faithlife Groups.

Here are a few ways churches around the country are using Faithlife Groups right now:

1. Sharing reading plans

In October, we interviewed Pastor Jose Fernandez Jr. about his group, “Friends of Pastor Joe.” Pastor Joe uses his church’s Faithlife Group to share a reading plan, and he and his wife hop on to share Community Notes about what the group has been reading. The group reading plan provides daily reminders to read the Bible and helps Joe’s congregation keep up by adding the reading from missed days. With a Faithlife Group built around a reading plan, you have an entire community to support and encourage you as you read the Word.

2. Making announcements

Faithlife Groups provide a designated place for your congregation to interact with each other, and with your staff. I chatted with Pastor Rich from Crosspoint Community Church about how they have been using their Faithlife Group. Pastor Rich makes announcements to the church about volunteer activities, upcoming events, and resources the church would like to share with everyone. The calendar feature makes it easy to tell at a glance what events you need to know about. In one instance, someone from the congregation asked about carpooling to an event, and another member quickly responded to give them a ride. The church can also use it to pick up last-minute volunteers when they find themselves short handed. If you’re new to your congregation, it can be difficult to know how to reach out about events, volunteer activities, or things you need help with. But when your church has a Faithlife Group, your entire community can interact within the comfort and privacy of your congregation.

3. Creating prayer lists

Prayer lists are a great way to keep yourself accountable when you have things to pray about. At your church, you probably have a prayer team dedicated to praying for the needs of your church and the individual needs of your members. Whether you’re part of the prayer team or not, a prayer list can help you keep track of what to pray for each day. Once you set up a list for your church, anyone you let into your Faithlife Group can add their prayer needs to your church’s list. You can even create multiple lists for your various ministry teams and church needs. With the privacy of a Faithlife Group, you can share your prayer needs with your whole church without sharing them with the whole world.

4. Sending newsletters

Newsletters are a great tool for mass communication. With a large group like a church or a ministry, it’s not easy to keep everyone in the loop. Not everyone can be at every meeting. Not everyone gets to see the fruit of your ministry. Newsletters provide a great opportunity to show them what your church or ministry is doing and how they can continue to be involved. Faithlife Groups make it easy to design visually compelling newsletters that contain everything you need to get your message across.

5. Discussing sermons

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to chat with a local pastor who is writing his PhD dissertation on Faithlife Groups, which he suggests is the future of church communication. Pastor Bill Koogle shared how Faithlife Groups provides an opportunity to create a more interactive sermon experience—one which he believes can help the youth in his church feel more invested in his teaching. In the past, Bill’s church has sent church-wide texts asking questions and gathering input which he later uses when he writes his sermons. This provided him with a lot of great insight, but it was a fairly one-sided conversation (the text messages were automated because of the size of the congregation).

With a Faithlife Group, your church can have discussions around topics, passages, or anything else your church needs to talk about. The discussions tab in your group serves as your church’s own private message board. The entire conversation is neatly nestled into its own thread, and all your threads remain in the tab. So each week, if you want to create an interactive sermon like Pastor Bill, you can create a conversation around the topic or passage you’re going to preach from, so you can craft relevant sermons that address the greatest struggles within your church.

These are just a few of the ways that churches around the world are using Faithlife Groups right now.

Set one up for your church today.

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Does your church use Faithlife Groups? Tell us about it in the comments!

Comments

  1. Guy Deckard says

    I am very interested in using Faithlife for my church, but I am not quite sure how it works. I am not finding a lot of information on the website.
    How do I get started, etc.?
    How have other churches used it?
    How do you recommend to get church members on board?

    Thanks,
    Pastor Guy

    • Ryan Nelson says

      Pastor Guy,

      Currently, this blog post is one of the most referenced resources for learning about Faithlife Groups: http://blog.faithlife.com/blog/2014/05/faithlife-the-ultimate-church-communication-tool/

      To get started, you just need to go to Faithlife.com, click “new group,” create a group for your church, and then invite people. If you want to experiment with it a little before creating a group of your own, this group is also a great resource: http://blog.faithlife.com/blog/2014/11/faithlife-groups-101-learn-from-a-veteran/

      I would recommend starting by inviting a few members you are close with, or members who are well connected within the church (such as small group leaders). When you create your group, you’ll have a permanent link you can provide people with so they can join the group. Once you have a few people who have tried it out with you, they can help you spread the word and share the link, so the rest of your church can join. One pastor has recommended having a non-staff person volunteer to admin the group and take ownership of it. It all begins with a personal invitation though.

      One obstacle some people have faced is the privacy settings. The settings can be adjusted in “Group settings,” and if they are too strict, it may be hard for others to join your group. Reducing the privacy settings can allow people to join your group with a click.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  2. Jim Mitchem says

    When is the App going to work??

    This would be a key feature of the whole thing. I already created our church group but I don’t dare announce it yet

    Also, in addition to documents and newsletters and all the other tabs – having a dedicated tab for pastors to upload sermon notes would be great

  3. says

    Calvary greetings to you. I am very happy to come across Faithlife. I minister at Calvary Mission Church in Ghana. Very young congregation but very promisong, zealous in prayer, passionate for evangelism, and our commitment is to "Serve God With God"
    Calvary Mission Church believe if assisted and equiped will reach many lost souls and affect their lives spiritually and morally.
    CMC is also having a Bible School called Calvary Mission Bible Institute, raising Servant-Leaders for Kingdom Ministry. CMC and CMBI will be grateful to partner with you for Effeciency and Effectiveness's. CMC shall be grateful to promise her loyalty and faithfulness and diligent to any assistance and help you offer.
    Thank you and stay blessed.
    Rev. Jones Martey
    (Lead Pastor & Director – CMC / CMBI)

  4. says

    Hello Ryan Nelson,
    Peace be unto you. I hope you are doing well by the grace of God. Which ever the good Lord lays on your heart or leads you to help to enhance the work of God CMC AND CMBI will appreciate it so much. Hope to hear from you.
    Thank you Ryan.

  5. says

    Thank you Ryan Nelson, yes that is exactly what I mean. And also to use CMC as a platform. Do you already have Faithlife Group representative in Ghana or Africa as a whole? I will be glad to join hands with you.
    Thank you.
    Rev. Jones Martey

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