So, you just found out that your group is transitioning from in person to meeting online and I’m sure you have a few questions. This guide is designed to give you the answers as well as a slew of best practices and pro tips to help you continue to lead your group into community.
Any community group can gather weekly through a video chat, conference call or a text platform (preferably in that order) to share life, discuss the sermon notes and pray for each other.
You are free to use any avenue you would like, but we have provided an easy copy / paste response below to help you get ahead of any questions you may be asked.
Hey Friends, here is a message that I just got from The Father’s House…
In an abundance of caution, to best align with the direction of our government and in care for TFH family, we are asking that all groups suspend meeting together in person until further notice.
Instead of meeting together in person, we are inviting all of our groups to continue meeting online through video chat, conference calls or group texts.
This means that we won’t be meeting together in person this week, but it doesn’t mean we stop being a community. I would like us to (insert your preferred method of meeting here).
If you get asked any questions about “why” or “how long,” feel free to point people to www.tfh.org/covid19 for the latest information.
There are a lot of options out there, but here are a few our favorite digital platforms (see below) to choose from. We have linked several different platforms that you can choose from as well as their help pages if you have any questions.
PRO TIP: If tech isn’t your thing, see if someone in your group enjoys it and invite them to lead the charge of connecting the group in this new way.
PRO TIP: As with all new things, it’s a good idea to test it before group with a friend and remember to give yourself grace through the processes of learning something new. Even if it’s hard, the people in your group are worth it.
While leading a video chat is very similar in all the human ways, there are a few key things we would like to point out to help you have the best experience.
If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to help!
The Father’s House
While this list isn’t comprehensive, here are a few of the most commonly used video call platforms and group messaging apps. With links to some of their Help pages.GROUP MEETINGS | Platforms for Group Video Calls
Pro-Tips for Online Group Meetings
LIGHTING | Have a light source in front of you, shining on your face.
SOUND | Choose the quietest place you can to limit background noise.
CAMERA | Level your camera straight in front of your face, so you’re not looking up or down.
MUTE & UNMUTE | During the call, use Mute when you are listening and Unmute when talking.
MEETING PLATFORM | Login and get familiar with the platform and settings before the call. We find it’s best to try it with a friend beforehand to practice.
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