How to Meet Online As a Group

How Do We Meet Online as a Group?

  • Start a Group Tex/Facebook Group: Your group most likely already has a group text, GroupMe chat, or Facebook group. If not, get one up and running. During this season, leverage these platforms as a regular way to communicate updates, stories, and prayer. For some groups (and those who like to type), these could be a way to discuss and process a group study.

  • Meet via Video Chat: For many groups, this will be the best way to continue meeting and staying connected. Group video chatting allows you to see faces and hear voices when you can’t meet physically. Also, you can continue to meet on the same day/time to discuss a study, laugh together, and pray for one another. Below are links to several easy to use free group video chat options...

 Zoom Skype Facetime (Apple users only) House Party

Does Meeting Online Change What We Should Study in Our Group?

Yes and No. Whatever your group studies together will need to be accessible to everyone. This means everyone will need the ability to watch the video, download the discussion questions, and/or order a study guide/book. As you think through what to study, your group will need to make sure it can be used in an online format. Communicate with one another to make sure everyone knows the right places to watch, download, or order what is needed for your next group study. 

Do You Have Any Group Study Recommendations For Meeting Online?

  • Sermon Questions: Each week your group members can watch the sermons online and discuss the sermon question via video chat. The sermons and questions can be found under each sermon on our website.

SERMON QUESTIONS

  • RightNow Media: There are thousands of video-based studies available to Life Groups. Group members could watch video sessions individually and then you can connect to discuss via video chat. Or, you can watch a study together using screen sharing (Zoom, Skype, House Party, etc…). Many of the studies on RightNow have free downloadable leader and discussion guides. Accounts are free, and group members need to sign up through Northside using the link below.

RightNow Media

  • YouVersion Reading Plans: The Free YouVersion Bible App offers tons of guided reading plans that you can invite your group to dive into. These plans allow you to track each other’s reading progress, and provide a private “talk it over” discussion area. This could also fuel your video chat discussion.

 

More Tips To Leading Your Online Group

  • Why Community Is Important: Whether we can meet in person or not, God designed us to grow with others. In a season of change and massive disruption to our lives, we need community now more than ever. Meeting online provides the space for groups to continue praying for one another and growing through relationships. Encourage one another to come along for the experience and adventure of this meeting online this season.

  • Test Run: Before your 1st online meeting, encourage your group to download and try out whatever video chat service you will be using. You may even want to have a couple test runs with individual group members.

  • Be Patient: This may be new territory for you and your group. Your first few meetings will take some adjusting as everyone gets acquainted with the technology and the format. Don’t give up too quickly if there are kinks to work out at first. Be patient.

  • Your Group Time Length Might Change: With a different format or limitations of video chatting services, you may see the time length of your group shorten. Connection is key, not the time length.

  • Groups With Kids Might Need To Adjust Their Time: Parents are now without babysitters, and it can be tough video chatting with your kids photo bombing in the back ground or interrupting. If needed, adjust your group time to meet after your little ones are in bed.