StudyChurch is an online tool that has many useful features packed into it.
From leading a group to writing studies, StudyChurch is an all-in-one package.
So how do you get the most out of your membership? Well, that is exactly what I am going to show you in the article below!
All accounts have a personal Dashboard where one can view:
- the groups that they are a part of
- any to-do’s that they have been assigned
- studies that they have either written or free ones that are a part of their account.
Here’s a closer breakdown of the differences between each type of account.
Disciple accounts are free to use and are used mostly for members who want to be apart of a study that is being led by a member with a Leader account.
This free account can:
- lead one group
- Participate in other groups
One thing that this account can’t do, however, is write studies.
Leader accounts are for those who are leading a small group independent from a church. Pricing for a leader account is based on how many groups are being led.
In addition to what the Disciple account can do these accounts can:
- lead multiple groups
- write studies
We created Church/Organization accounts for churches that want to have a little more in the management side of things. Pricing is based on the number of members that will be using the system. I will go more into the church account further on in this post.
Groups are the backbone of StudyChurch. Creating a group is where you will start after you set up your account. Invite group members to join your group with the invitation link provided. Along with this link be sure to include some information as to what you will be studying, the purpose of the group, some ground rules, and an explanation as to how to use StudyChurch. Your members will feel more in the loop if you are able to include all this in the invitation email.
The Group Dashboard saves all content from studies and discussions. As long as the members of your group don’t change too much we suggest keeping your groups and simply adding your new studies as you go.
The Discussion board is where your members can engage in chats with each other. Use this area not only during meeting times but anytime throughout the week. From comments on study answers to a conversation about current events, you can use this section to help engage with your members.
Ping members in your group with the @ function. This feature sends out an email to either the whole group or to an individual notifying them that you are talking to them.
If you have a Leader or Church/Organization account, study writing is probably where you will spend a good portion of your time. In the Study Builder, you can add chapters, content, images, videos, tables, questions and more. You can use your study countless times for any group by adding it to your group from your Library.
The first thing that you will need to do before you can add content is create chapters. You can prevent group members from getting lost or looking ahead by scheduling chapters to release at a future date. You can also add questions to your study and choose to make them public or private. A public question will be viewable by the whole group to comment and discuss in the discussion section. Private questions make the member’s answer viewable to only that member. You can use this for the more personal questions that people may not feel comfortable sharing with the whole group.
Send out assignments (or To-Dos) via email to your group members. You can link a To-Do to a specific chapter in a study. This link will take your members directly to the part of the study that you have assigned.
If you are looking for better management over your small groups then a Church/Organization account might be right for you. Church accounts have a special Dashboard that includes all of the information you need for your small groups.
With a Church account you can:
- write studies from the church Dashboard and distribute them to your small groups.
- invite other church leaders to manage studies and groups
- create and assign leaders to any group.
- have an unlimited number of groups.
I hope that this post has been helpful and that with StudyChurch your small groups will grow. Would you like to know more about StudyChurch and its unique features? Contact us using the chat box or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!