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MAKE IT EASY FOR PEOPLE TO GET INTO YOUR GROUP
Manage your group roster, report attendance, and update your group events

 

We love group leaders!

As group leaders, we help people discover Jesus and find friendship. Whether we are meeting in person or hosting an online group, we are called to make disciples. Remember, group leaders invite people to their groups, create a space where people can get real with God and each other, and they help people take next steps. Each article will focus on at least one of these topics to help you be the best leader you can be.

We are better together! Do you have a topic you would like us to discuss? Let us know.

 


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Summer Groups FAQ

May 26, 2020

Summer Semester Dates

Valley Creek Groups are going to be great this Summer! Groups will meet from June 1 to July 31. We took new ground this Spring with online groups! That means you have the option this Summer to meet in person or online. We are leaving it up to you to do what is best for your groups. Also, you can choose to use the Discussion Guide as normal or rediscover either of the Series Rewind message.

2 Simple Tips To Help Your Group Zoom Safely

Focus: Create A Space
April 1, 2020

 

 

Zoom has quickly become the go-to tool for online groups. We want to give you a couple of easy things that you can do to keep your group meeting protected from unwanted interruptions. You change both of these settings by signing into Zoom.us on your computer.

1. Host Only Screen Sharing

By restricting screen sharing to the host, you can prevent anyone else from being able to display what is on their desktop. It won’t stop anyone from joining your meeting, but it will at least keep them from taking over the meeting and sharing inappropriate material.

My Account> Settings> In Meeting (Basics)> Screen Sharing

2. Enable the Waiting Room

Another option is to enable to waiting room feature, which places every guest in a virtual waiting room before the meeting starts. When you’re ready, you’ll then have to manually admit your guests.  This gives you control over who can attend and makes it easier to keep unwanted guests out. Be sure to keep an eye on the waiting room during your meeting to let late comers in.

My Account> Settings> In Meeting (Advanced)> Waiting Room

Update: Passwords Are Now Required

Zoom is enabling two password settings by default: require a password for Personal Meeting ID (PMI) and require a password for meetings which have already been scheduled. These settings are designed to prevent unwanted participants from joining your meeting. For most meeting attendees, the join flow will remain the same, whether they join by clicking a link in a meeting invite or join through the desktop calendar integration. Users who join by manually entering in the meeting ID will need to enter the password when joining a meeting. If you sent the meeting invitation before the password was enabled, you will need to send it out again or send the invitees the password.

*Important Note: Please ensure your Zoom application and operating systems remain up to date with the latest security patches.

 


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4 WAYS TO WELCOME A NEW GROUP MEMBER

Focus: Invite People
March 27, 2020

 

 

  1. Make it easy to join your group. Give them a phone call. A personal connection does wonders to put someone’s mind at ease. Then send them a text with the link to your group with the day and time.
  2. Prep your group and yourself. Pray for them before they join your group for the first time. Let your group know that someone new is coming so that they can help welcome them.
  3. Have a plan. It’s okay if the group looks a bit different this week. Start with an introduction and an icebreaker, something to warm-up the conversation. This is a great time to share your heart and how groups have helped you discover Jesus and find friendship.
  4. Follow up. Text them after group to thank them and celebrate the next step they just took. In your time this week pray for them along with the rest of your group. And keep them informed by adding them to your GroupMe or text group.

 


 

10 WAYS TO HAVE A GREAT ONLINE GROUP

Focus: Create A Space
March 25, 2020

 

 

  1. Let people know where you are meeting. Update your group event location on Login into Planning Center Groups.
  2. Arrive early. Be the first on the call to greet your group. 
  3. Take a test drive. The first time your group goes online take some time to get used to the tool and connect.
  4. Lean in. Literally, lean in people can see your friendly face.
  5. Have a plan. Know the topics you want to cover (like the Discussion Guide) and keep an eye on the clock.
  6. Smile. People can see you. So, let them know you are happy.
  7. Invite people into the conversation. Look for people that haven’t been able to share and give them space to share.
  8. To mute, or not to mute? Don’t be afraid to mute people if their environment is noisy. Be nice and ask first.
  9. Minimize distractions. Choose a space that is quiet if possible and a background that isn’t distracting.
  10. Report your group attendance. We want to be intentional with the people in our group. The attendance report allows us to see who joined us and who needs to be followed up with.

 


How to take your group online

Focus: Create A Space
March 21, 2020