Does your small group feel unorganized? Are your weeks filled up engaging with your members on multiple platforms? Do you wish that your studies were more personalized to your group?
StudyChurch is a small group managing software that was made to give leaders and churches the tools they need to lead a small group.
Each leader has their own personal Dashboard where they can keep groups organized and assignments up to date. To help with communication, each group is given their own discussion section that can be used in the group setting or throughout the week. And, whether your small group studies are curriculum based or sermon based, our Study Builder is there to give you the diversity that you need for your studies.
Prep for Small Group Success!
With the Study Builder in your back pocket, you can create your own study and design it to your group’s specific needs. You will find all of your studies stored in your personal library where it is available for use by all of your small groups. Study answers are specific to each group, so you can use the same study for multiple groups at the same time.
When first starting your study we suggest you keep in mind what kind of topic you want your group to go through, and stick to it as you are writing. Many studies focus on a book in the Bible, a way of living, a book written by a Christian author, or a way of outreach.
Set It Up
While we have made StudyChurch as user-friendly as possible, you should have your account set up before your first small group meeting. This ensures you are comfortable using StudyChurch and can help those who may need assistance navigating StudyChurch.
Get your group all set up and choose the study that you will go through. If you are writing your own study, finish as much as you can before you meet. Setting up a portion of your study ahead of time will help your group members know what to expect with moving forward in StudyChurch.
Send out invitations to your small group members a few days to a week before the beginning of the study. Make sure they know that they should have their account setup before you meet so they can figure out how to easily navigate StudyChurch. Specify this in the invite as it is a crucial step. If they end up waiting until the first lesson it could get distracting and tough to get the study moving.
Write out a little welcome message in your discussion section to spur on the conversation even before you meet. Explain to your group what is expected of them and what you would like them to get out of the study. Present your group members a brief summary of what StudyChurch is and how your group will be using it. Giving your members this overview will help them feel more involved and better understand how to use StudyChurch efficiently.
Here We Go!
Beginning your first group meeting with StudyChurch will be new and exciting, but it shouldn’t be difficult.
With your study built in the program, your small group members will be on the same page the whole time, literally! Notice each member’s answers and ask questions. You will be able to start discussions based on other people’s answers and get a more in-depth view of where they are coming from. Even the quietest person in the group will have the chance to be involved!
Throughout the week, keep in touch with your disciples and send them new assignments. Ping your group members and ask them questions and get discussions going throughout the week. Assignments (or as we like to call them, “To-Dos”) can be made to include a chapter from your study if you would like them to read it through before you meet. You can also send out reminders or tasks. It’s all up to you what you would like to send out.
Summing It Up!
StudyChurch is an online platform created to make your experience as a leader more effective and more enjoyable. From creating a group to writing your own study we have provided an easy system that works.
We hope that the tools we have created will be useful to you and will help you as a leader or a church to be more effective in your own small groups.
What have you found that has helped your small groups in the past? Let us know what worked best for you by commenting below!