Configure Group Settings and Permissions

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Group admins and moderators can configure group settings and permissions for their group from the left-hand admin navigation menu.



Group Settings

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


 1. Group Info

The first section holds your group’s basic information.


  • 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 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.

Note: Recommended image sizes are as follows: Group photo: 500x500px (minimum: 200x200px); Group header: 2560x500px; Group post: 1200x628px. Learn more.


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.


3. Contact Information 

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


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.


  • 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 and is irreversible.


Activity Feed Sidebar

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.


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.




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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