Leader Resource Page

Welcome to the Life Group Team

Online or In Person - Guidelines for Groups

We want everyone  to feel safe and comfortable.

Philippians 2:4 "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."

Social Distancing

Encourage everyone to practice social distancing (remember: that's six feet in all directions).  This is one of the best practices to help everyone stay well. 

Face Coverings

The safest practice for indoor gatherings  is to wear a mask. We ask that as a leader, you communicate clearly with your group what the expectations are regarding face coverings, especially if you aren't requiring masks. That way everyone can make the decision that best works for them.

Hand Hygiene

Have soap and water easily available for frequent hand washing. Elbow bumps are a perfectly acceptable way to greet one another. 

Kids

We know that kids struggle with social distancing. If your group has kids attending, work out a plan together that ensures safety. 

Weather

If weather impacts the day you are scheduled to meet, just gather online. There is no pressure for you to move your group indoors, if you aren't ready to have people inside your home.

Sickness

If you aren't feeling well, cancel your group and rest.  Encourage those in your group to do the same. We want everyone to be safe and healthy. 

ONLINE LIFE GROUP OPTIONS

Platforms for Group Video Calls

We've learned that connecting online is a great option for your group to meet. It takes intentionality and creativity but if you and those in your group aren't ready to gather in person - there are many options for meeting digitally.
Here are three of our favorites that are easily accessible and user-friendly.

Facebook Messenger Groups

There is a free video chat option with anyone that has a Facebook account and Messenger app on their mobile device. To set up the group, click the messenger icon in the top right corner of your Facebook page. Choose all the people you would like to add to your video chat. Then, choose the camera in the top right corner to begin the live video chat. Participants have the ability to mute themselves and chat during the video chat.

Zoom.us for Mobile or Computer

Zoom is an excellent platform to hold a group as it provides options to set up group meetings with stable video support. It is free for meetings up to 40 minutes. A monthly subscription for group meetings beyond 40 minutes is affordable. Zoom provides the ability to chat and upload resources during the meeting. There are breakout room options as well. Zoom can be easily downloaded on a computer, phone or tablet. Meetings can be scheduled with links sent to participants for access to the meeting.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is another viable option for group video meetings. It is easy to add people to a group and share a link for joining the group. The organizer of the group must hold a Google/Gmail account, however other participants do not.

Tips For Leading A Successful Online Group

Curriculum

Leaders are free to select an approved curriculum that works for their group. There are several effective options.
  • Read a book together and discuss.
  • Watch a video in advance of the group and discuss during your virtual meeting.
  • Watch last Sunday's message and have discussion centered around applying biblical principles to daily life. 
  • Download a digital study that you can watch and discuss together.

Best Practices

Leading an online group is a lot like leading an in-person group. There is discussion to facilitate, icebreakers to open the group, and times of prayer. However, there are some differences. Click here to read an article that will help you select which online platform to use and provides practical tips for a successful online group experience. 

Leader Training

LG Coaches train new leaders one-on-one, taking them step-by-step through leader expectations and how to make your group a life-giving experience for all who attend. To access our training materials, click on the links below.

Coach Support

You aren't leading alone. We have a team of people happy to coach you through your life group leadership.  Every new leader is assigned a coach and a veteran leader can request a coach at any time. 

Prayer Requests

Prayer is so powerful and critical to life group ministry.  Every life group leader commits to pray for his/her group members every day. Your coach and the Life Group Ministry team are praying for you. If you have a specific need, email us and we will pray! 

Connection Apps

Looking for ways to stay connected to your group during the week? Here are a few of our favorite options: