As a group admin, it’s important to help educate your people so you can get the most out of your group. When people join your church group, there are two helpful ways to welcome your members and introduce them to your group’s features and content: pin a welcome post and/or schedule an automated newsletter.
Note: You can find suggested text for your welcome post, newsletters, and more on this page.
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Pin a Welcome Post
Note: Learn the basics of posting to your group newsfeed.
As an Admin, it’s a great idea to pin a welcome post to your group’s activity feed to welcome your members. To get started, log in to Faithlife.com and select your group from the left-hand sidebar.
- Select a post type.
We recommend choosing Post or Article. The Article post type provides the most customization options. Write a welcome message and help your people get oriented.
Note: If you are an Admin in your group and you have a Faithlife Site, posting an article will simultaneously publish a blog article on your blog widgets unless you configure the widget to only show content from certain accounts. Learn more.
Here’s an example using the Article post type.
Here’s the content if you want to copy, paste, and adapt it for your needs:
- Set your post visibility.
Your post will use your group’s default Read the activity feed privacy permission. Many church groups set this level to “Public” so people visiting the group online can get a sense of your online community without needing to join. You can always set visibility for your specific post via the dropdown. For this welcome post, set the visibility to Members.
Note: Group Admins can change the default activity feed permissions from the Group Settings. Learn more.
- Choose the posting account.
As an Admin in your group, you can choose to post with your personal Faithlife account or as your group. Select the option that works best for your needs.
- Post and pin the post.
When you’re ready, click the Post button. Once it’s posted, click the down arrow on the post and choose Pin post to pin it to the top of your newsfeed.
Any member who visits your group will see the post at the top of the Activity feed.
Note: You can update and edit the post at any time from this same dropdown menu. Click Edit, update the post and save your changes.
Schedule an Automated Newsletter
Your church group includes a drag-and-drop email newsletter. Expand Content in the left-hand panel and choose Newsletters. Click Create Newsletter.
- Add content to your newsletter.
Create your welcome newsletter to fit your needs. Add sections by dragging them from the right, adding text, pictures, and any other media that fits your needs.
Note: Learn more about creating a newsletter.
- Choose the publish account.
On the right, choose between publishing the newsletter using your personal profile or as the group.
- Schedule your newsletter.
Click Immediately under Scheduled For on the right and select Upon joining group to set this newsletter to send when people join your group. Click Done.
Note: Notice that you can also set additional schedule options. For instance, you can create a second newsletter to go out 3 days after someone joins to encourage them to post to your group and introduce themselves and another newsletter a week alter linking to and explaining your church calendar, a group Bible reading plan, your church’s Faithlife TV channel content, and more!
- Publish your newsletter.
With your content set and your newsletter scheduled as an autoresponder, click Publish.
Note: You can test the newsletter experience first by previewing it or sending a test email to yourself.
Faithlife will send your newsletter automatically to each person who joins your group. Statistics for your newsletter appear in the main Newsletters menu. You can also edit the newsletter by selecting it.