Setting Up Faithlife Groups for Your Church

longview christian churchDaniel Ostendorff is an assistant professor of history and political science at LeTourneau University. He’s also a member of Longview Christian Church and a user of Faithlife Groups.

Recently, Daniel shared how he uses Faithlife Groups in Faithlife Beta. The Faithlife Beta group let’s you see what’s coming up next for Faithlife Groups and interact directly with the people who built it.

Here’s how Daniel set up Faithlife Groups for Longview Christian Church:

In the main group, Daniel invites others to share church-wide prayer requests, sermon outlines for Sunday, the calendar for weekly events and special occasions, and small group discussion questions for those who miss group meetings.

Daniel also created two subgroups, nested within his church’s main group. One of these is for small group leaders. It’s a secret group (so only members can see it) for small group leaders to share discussion guides and resources, and ask questions or share tips.

The other subgroup is for the small group Daniel co-leads with his wife. The small group is through their church, so naturally, the Faithlife Group is connected to their church’s group as well. In the group, Daniel and his wife share discussion questions, Community Notes from their readings, photos, prayer lists, and newsletters.

After sharing how he’s been using Faithlife Groups, Daniel also gave us his “wishlist” of ways we could improve the experience for him. One of his requests was actually addressed in our most recent update—you can now edit prayer lists online! Before, this advanced feature was only possible in Logos Bible Software. Daniel also hoped to see improved document organization (coming soon!), and better app integration with the calendar, documents, discussions, and other features (now available in the latest version of the Faithlife Groups app—iOS and Android).

The Faithlife Beta group is open to anyone, and all feedback is welcome—we’re building a tool for you and your church, so our developers would love to hear what’s working for your church, and what could be better.

Create your free account and join Faithlife Beta today!

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Comments

  1. David Benjamin says

    I thought “secrets” were only for cults.

    secrecy: Behaving in a way designed to keep intentions or feelings hidden from others. In Scripture acting or speaking in secret is often linked with wrongdoing, although not in all cases. But nothing can be kept secret from God.

    Manser, M. H. (2009). Dictionary of Bible Themes: The Accessible and Comprehensive Tool for Topical Studies. London: Martin Manser.

    Bad choice of words. Restricted to, or need to know basis, or just about anything else would give a better understanding to the reader of these comments. “Secret” smacks of unaccountability and therefore not in the will of God.

    • Richard Davenport says

      Even in your definition you gave it says “although not in all cases.” I think you’re overthinking the use of the word here. My Family and I live in a house and guess what, we keep the doors locked. We have “secrets”. We don’t want everyone to know what we’re doing. We also don’t post everything we do to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or whatever social networking site you’re on as well. We are choosing not to share everything. Even Jesus had his secrets with his 12 disciples, his 3 and his 1. David, don’t be so intense and focus on that one word. Look at the context in which he is speaking and the topic on which he is speaking about. Calm down.

  2. Jared says

    How do you make a new group a subgroup? I would like to make a group for a missions team I am leading this summer and want to connect it to our main church group.

    Also, for someone to be a member of the subgroup do they also have to be a member of the parent group as well?

    • Ryan Nelson says

      Great question, Jared! Under the “About” section is a field called “Group affiliations”. Type the name of the group you would like to have as a subgroup. You can also check the box to “also affiliate [name of new group] with this group”. This means the relationship between the groups will be visible from either group, under the “groups” tab.

      You do not have to be a member of both groups.

      Does that help?

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