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5 Tips on Hosting a Church Small Group Online

Katie Allred

We have to accept the fact that we cannot always come to church. Some of us have to deal with more urgent matters. Some of us go to another place or country either for work or vacation. We cannot always physically be there. Especially during this pandemic. Our trips and travels are limited to lower our exposure to other people who may be infected with the virus.

It’s time that we learn how to conduct virtual sermons and other activities. How do I host a small group online?

1. Use an online platform of your choice.

There are a lot of online platforms available for your church to use. However, not all are free to download and use. These are the social media platforms you can use for free: Facebook, Zoom, YouTube, and Google Meet. It is best to choose an application that you are already familiar with to control it with ease.

2. Seek help from a Tech.

Expect problems ahead. It is best to prepare for any possible scenarios.  Although the internet is very reliable and efficient, it can sometimes crash and face technical difficulties. If you are not tech-savvy, it is best to seek help from an IT or tech.

Avoid any cancellation or unnecessary delays in your activities if you have a person who can help you with technical problems.

3. Plan

Have a good start and a strong finish! Create a plan and an outline for your activity. A clear-cut plan makes less or no room for mistakes in the execution.

Also, having a plan creates a smoother flow of activity since your thoughts and ideas are all organized and aligned.

4. Practice

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day” – Jim Rohn

You can practice by conducting a dry run of the platform you will use. By doing this, it will be easier to rule out problems and difficulties with yours and your viewers’ connection. It will also help you practice your audio; you will know if you can deliver clearly to your viewers through your chosen platform. Then, you can practice your introduction and concluding speech for the activity.

5. Don’t share the Zoom link publicly on social media.

To show professionalism, avoid sharing zoom links or other links that are strictly exclusive to church members or to those interested to attend church activities. Avoid unnecessary interruptions from people who are not interested and just promote their business or their products.

Conduct your activities now online! Be online and make going to church easier for your members!

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