Small groups are very important to the health and growth of a church. According to Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, “Most people who have been a part of a group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships and friendships that develop.” These relationships make the church stronger and more vibrant. How can a church empower small group leaders? Are there tools to help them be more effective?
Most churches have a PC based church management system that is only accessible by office administrators. If a group leader wants to contact church members or visitors to invite them to the group’s events, they need the office administrator to create a contact list for them. And the office administrator may not have the time or the tools to do the research for the them.
A web hosted church management system with good search tools allows group leaders to find and invite potential group members. From home or during a break at work your group leaders can go online to browse your church database.
For example group leaders can use the powerful filter tool in Fresh Vine to find members and visitors that meet specific demographics or that have similar interests. Then plot these members on a map to find those who live near their meeting location. After every event they can enter attendance online and follow up with group members who may have stopped participating.
A web hosted church management system can be a powerful tool for your small group leaders. The more intuitive and easy to use the more enthusiastically your group leaders will use it to more effectively lead their groups.
Read Part 1: The Importance of Small Groups