I haven’t seen my small group friends in over a month. I miss them. Thankfully, we have our weekly video calls to catch up, pray, and talk about the sermon. It isn't the same, but it's good to have something.

You and your church might be in the same boat—missing your people, and trying to figure out how to stay in touch as best you can.

Nothing can replace being face-to-face, but community is still possible, and we want to show you how to lean on Groups to help your church find it.

First, we’ll walk through how to set up groups to meet remotely, and then give you some ideas on how to let your congregation know about the opportunity.

If you are new to Groups entirely, you should check out our Getting Started guide. There, you'll find a step-by-step list on how to set up your account, along with a video tutorial.

Modifying Groups to Meet Remotely

Using groups to meet remotely means doing new things with features that already exist. Each of these suggestions is a way to further define Groups as a hub for community and conversation for your church.

Again, these features are nothing new; just a new application to give your groups a little extra support.

Getting people into groups

Leaders of existing groups can let their members know about the new processes through email (and Messaging!!).

But what about the people who didn’t have a small group before COVID-19? They, possibly more than anyone else in your church, might be in desperate need of community right now.

A few weeks ago, we published a guide on how to use Planning Center People to reach out to your congregation. We suggest you use that guide to try some of the following ways to get people into small groups:

These tasks require a little time investment, but hopefully, the payoff is a church more connected to one another during a time when it’s more difficult than usual.

Keep doing good work,
♥ Planning Center