How to Create a Group

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Faithlife groups are online communities for fellowship with other believers. Within your Faithlife group, you can schedule events, share posts, make prayer requests, send newsletters, discuss your Bible reading, and much more.

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Create a Group

To get started, navigate to Faithlife.com and sign in. If you don’t yet have a free account, you can create one in a few seconds.

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Next, select Create Group.

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Note: If you are already connected to a group, the Create group button may not display for you. You can still create a group by clicking the gray plus icon image26.png next to Groups in your left-hand sidebar.

Faithlife is perfect for any group, like a church, club, or small group. You can also change this later from the group’s settings. Choose a group type and select Next.

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Add a unique Group Name. No other groups on Faithlife can share your exact name. Add a Location, which makes your group more discoverable for others in your area. Your Privacy Level changes how discoverable you are on Faithlife.com. Click Next.

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  • Public: Anyone can find and follow the group. You must be invited to become a member.
  • Private: Anyone can find the group and ask to join.
  • Secret: New members must be invited. Nobody outside the group can see it.

Depending on your group type, you will finish the setup process by adding other group details or creating suggested subgroups. Click Done to finish creating your group.

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In the future, you can access any group you’ve created or joined by navigating to Faithlife.com and selecting the group from the sidebar.

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Note: You can also access your Faithlife group from Faithlife’s app on your iOS or Android device.

Invite Others to Your Group

As an administrator of your group, you have full access to invite, accept, and manage members. When viewing your group homepage, select Invite.

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You can choose to invite people as Members or Followers. By default, your group will invite people as members. To invite people as followers, expand the dropdown menu.

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You can invite people in two different ways:

First, you can type names or email addresses into the search box. Potential matches from existing Faithlife profiles will appear in a dropdown below.

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Second, you can import email addresses from a CSV. Select Add contacts and upload a CSV file with email addresses of invitees listed in cells of the first column.

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Note: Faithlife imports email addresses only from your CSV file.

Before your send your invitation, consider adding a personal message to provide some context for your invitation. When you’re done, click Invite.

Note: If invitees already have a Faithlife account associated with the email address, they can sign in and join your group. If they don’t yet have a Faithlife account, they’ll be prompted to quickly provide their name and a password to join your group and create an account at the same time.

After you click Invite, Faithlife will display your Members page. All pending invites display on the right and current members show in the main content area. To adjust an individual’s role or remove them from your group altogether, select the account, expand Actions, and make your changes.

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  • Admin: complete control over all group settings and actions
  • Mods: maintain and manage the group
  • Members: regular members of the group
  • Followers: those with a Faithlife account who can read group posts without becoming members

Note: You can customize permissions for these roles from your group settings.

Customize Settings and Permissions

Group admins and moderators can configure group settings and permissions from the group settings page.

Group Settings

Expand Settings in the left-hand Admin sidebar and select Group Settings. The settings on this page are organized under four headings.

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1. Group Info

The first section holds your group’s basic information.

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  • Group photo: Click the photo icon to update your group photo (square images 1024px x 1024px work best).
  • Group name: This is your official, unique group name. No other Faithlife group can share this exact name.
  • Group URL: This is your group’s unique url (what follows faithlife.com/). To customize your group url, select the text in the input box and insert your own text (spaces not allowed).
  • Group Type: The type of organization your group identifies as. Each type has default settings to help customize the experience for your group.
  • Group Nickname: This is the shortened name or abbreviation for the group that displays for members of your group.
  • Temporary group: If your group is time-specific, you can automatically remove your group from search results after a period of time.

2. Privacy and Safety

Change your privacy level to control how visible your group is to those who have not yet joined. In Faithlife terminology, a follower is anyone with a Faithlife account that has read-only access to your group while a member is someone you accept into the group. You can set specific permissions for each element of your Faithlife group below.

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3. Contact Information 

Add your contact information to help others to connect with you elsewhere online or in person.

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For groups that have a primary location (such as a church group), use the full street address. If you add a street address, an interactive map displays below. Otherwise, add at least a city so others in your area can connect with you.

Note: If your church is subscribed to Faithlife Equip or uses other Faithlife products, these contact details will transfer for you. For instance, when you set up a Faithlife Site, your email, phone number, address, and social media profiles will automatically display in your website footer.

4. About

Change how your group appears to others in the about section.

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  • Tagline: This provides a short description of the group that will appear under the group’s name on the group’s homepage (and on your Faithlife Site’s homepage).
  • Description: Your group’s About page will display the description you provide.
  • Denomination: If your group is connected to a denomination, add it here.
  • Delete Group: If you need to delete your group entirely, select Delete group. Note that deleting a group permanently removes it from Faithlife.com and is irreversible.

Features & Permissions

Expand Settings in the left-hand Admin sidebar and select Features & Permissions. Here you can control the permissions for every aspect of your group: activity, calendar, members, group chat, content, Bible study, and discussions. For many of these sections, you can turn off their functionality all together in your group if that suits your needs.

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To change the permission levels for any particular setting, move its slider to your desired level.

  • Admins: complete control over all group settings and actions
  • Mods: maintain and manage the group
  • Members: regular members of the group
  • Followers: those with a Faithlife account who can read group posts without becoming members
  • Public: anyone online with a link to your content

Note: Certain actions are restricted so you cannot inadvertently extend this privilege too far. Others are more flexible and will require your active adjustment. For instance, you may want to limit participation in group-wide chats to admins and mods so that members in your church group cannot message your whole church. Under Group Chat, move the slider to Mods to restrict group-wide chatting to admins and mods.

For the calendar permissions, note that you can subscribe to an external calendar if your group already has a shared calendar online. Select Subscribe to external calendar, enter the calendar’s URL (.ics only), provide the correct timezone, and click Import. Once the connection is established, your group calendar will auto-update to reflect your external calendar.

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Navigate Your Group

There are three basic areas in your group.

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  1. Navigation: The left-hand sidebar is where you navigate your group.
  2. Content: The middle area holds the main content you’re currently viewing.
  3. Sidebar: The right-hand panel shows additional information, which you can customize in your Activity feed sidebar settings.

Note: In addition to uploading a group icon, you may also want to add a group header image. Select the gray image icon image21.png and upload a wide image set to 2560 pixels by 500 pixels.

1. Navigation

Depending on your role in your group, this panel will contain the Community, Admin, Group, and/or Team navigation menus.

 

Community navigation menu

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  • Activity: Activity is the group’s activity news feed, which acts as the homepage for your group.
  • Calendar: Create and share group events with your group calendar. If you already use an external calendar, you can also link it to your Faithlife calendar from the settings.
  • Members: Invite, remove, and manage members](https://support.faithlife.com/hc/en-us/articles/360013250092-Invite-Members-to-Faithlife-Group).
  • Group Chat: Easily communicate with your entire group via short, text-like messages. Any messages sent from here will be visible to the entire group. You can also send a private message to someone in your group or to a group of people from Faithlife messages. By default, whenever you receive a message, you’ll receive an email. If you’re online, a badge icon will indicate you have a new message.
  • Content: The Content folder contains many helpful tools: Sermons (Faithlife’s audio archiving service), Bulletins, Newsletters, Files, Photos, and Videos. You can adjust what roles have access to this content in your group’s settings.
  • Bible Study: The Bible Study folder expands to reveal several helpful tools for studying the Bible together, including Reading Plans, Logos Documents, and Community Notes.
  • Discussions: Discussions for your church group on any given topic.
  • About: A basic informational page for your group, including current administrators of the group. You can update the about content from your group’s settings.
  • Notification Preferences: Adjust what notifications you receive from your group.

 

Admin navigation menu

To fully view and interact with this panel, you must be an administrator. Moderators in your group also have access to many of these features depending on your group’s settings.

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Many of the options require Faithlife Equip:

  • Dashboard: Get an overview of your church group and let Faithlife help you access and configure other powerful options for your group.
  • People: Faithlife Equip customers can create and manage their own customized and simple-to-use database to care for those in their church. Gather phone numbers, anniversaries, allergies, and any other info your team needs to build meaningful relationships with your people.
  • Events: Faithlife Equip customers can plan events, track RSVPs, and take attendance.
  • Communications: Faithlife Equip customers can with those in their church via email, text/SMS, and more.
  • Resources: Organize and manage resources at your church, including rooms, equipment, decor, tables/chairs, etc.
  • Websites: Access and edit your Faithlife Site.
  • Settings: Access a variety of settings related to your group, including Group Settings, Faithlife TV, and Group Licenses.

Note: Members, Followers, and Public will not be able to see the Admin panel.

 

Groups/Teams navigation menus

If you have subgroups or teams, navigation panels will display on the left below the admin panel.

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Where subgroups help smaller, specialized groups in your church connect, teams provide special permissions to team members to manage the church’s website, data, presentations, or finances. In other words, teams protect your data by limiting it to those who need access (e.g., like members of your Finance Team), and they provide this additional layer of protection by limiting new members to those who’ve been invited by a current team member or administrator. Learn more about using teams and working with subgroups.

2. Content

The middle section of you group displays the primary content of the page you’re viewing.

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Note: Adjust who can view or post to your newsfeed from your group’s settings.

On your homepage, anyone with permission can post a comment, media, prayer, sale item, announcement, or article. You can also interact with other posts to encourage and care for the others in your group.

Note: If you have Faithlife Sites, posted articles will also automatically appear as blog posts on your website.

3. Sidebar

The right side of your group home page includes a fully-customizable sidebar. You can add a variety of information, including group reading plans and group prayer lists.

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You can adjust what displays in the sidebar from the left-hand Admin navigation panel (Settings > Activity Feed Sidebar). To add a widget to your sidebar, drag it from the left column (Widget list) to the middle column (Active). A live preview shows your changes in real time.

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Next Steps

Invite members to your group

Learn how to:

Set up Digital Signage with Faithlife Proclaim

Create a presentation with Faithlife Proclaim

Set up Faithlife Giving

Set up your church website

Start creating people records

Access content licensed with Equip

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