Each subgroup is its own semi-independent Faithlife group, with its own members, settings, permissions, and page. Posts made within the subgroup will not show up on the main group’s page, though they will appear on the main Faithlife news feed of any member of your subgroup.
Using subgroups allows you to create separate channels for various ministries or teams within your church or ministry and facilitates relevant communication and interaction within ministry teams, small groups, and your broader congregation.
Create a new subgroup.
1. Click the plus icon.
Administrators or moderators of groups can create subgroups from the left-hand sidebar. Select the Groups plus icon.
2. Select group type.
Next, choose a Group Type.
3. Add required subgroup information.
Enter your subgroup’s basic information, including a name and location.
Note: Every group on Faithlife.com must have a unique name, so you’ll need to provide a name that is not shared by another Faithlife group.
Finally, set your group’s privacy level.
- 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 this subgroup can see it (including other Admins/Moderators of the parent group)
4. Add optional group details.
To help further identify your subgroup, add optional group details.
- Group URL: your subgroups direct link on Faithlife.com.
- Tagline: a short description of the group that will appear under the group’s name on the group homepage.
- Nickname: a shortened name or abbreviation for the group.
- Group Email/Group Phone: the organizer’s contact information for display on the group’s homepage.
- About: the displayed info in the subgroup’s About page.
Note: Square images of 500x500px work best for your group image (minimum: 200x200px).
Click Done when you’re ready to create your group.
Your subgroup is ready! Take some time to invite others so your subgroup can become its own community.
Note: Membership is distinct for each group/subgroup, so inviting someone to a subgroup will not invite them to a main group. Additionally, the invited member does not need to be a member of the parent group to join your subgroup.
Affiliate an existing group.
If your subgroup already exists as an independent Faithlife group, you can affiliate it as a subgroup of a different group.
Example: you may have started using Faithlife Groups with a small group at your church and now want to create a group for your entire church. You can affiliate your existing small group with this new church group by making your original group a subgroup.
1. Click Manage Groups.
Administrators or moderators of groups can affiliate existing groups from the left-hand sidebar. Click Manage Groups.
2. Add/Invite Groups.
On the right, expand Add and click Add/Invite Groups.
Note: Selecting Set up recommended subgroups will create the recommended subgroups for your parent group (e.g., if your parent group is a church, you’ll be prompted to add a church management team, a facilities team, and a youth group). Selecting Create a custom subgroup will allow you to create a team from scratch following the steps above.
3. Search for your existing group.
As you type in the search bar, existing groups will appear. Click Add once you find your desired group.
If you have permissions with the existing group, the group will be added automatically. If not, the group admins will receive an invitation to affiliate their group with yours as a subgroup.
You can always return the subgroup to a normal group by unaffiliating the group.
Subgroups vs. Teams
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.