Group In Action

Recently, the Knoxville News-Sentinel ran a story on Faith Promise’s own James McKamey. While the article delves into James’ journey in becoming a U.S. citizen, it also speaks of the role his group played. It’s a great example of a group in action!

You can see the full article at KnoxNews.com.

The Difference Between All-Too-Typical Groups and Life-Transforming Communities

Recently I received some e-mails from a couple who shared some insight from their time leading, growing, and now starting a new group. They expressed many of the frustrations and excitement of group leadership and community development. Interestingly, it was an article from SmallGroups.com that helped frame these frustrations in a way that led to a life-changing community.

Matt and I have been small group leaders for about 2.5 years. We recently saw rapid growth in our group and have “birthed” a new one. … As such, we have been reflecting on our experiences and lessons we have learned through being group leaders the last couple of years. I loved this article because it really gets to the heart of community – something I think we both strived for but never felt we really succeeded at. Sure, our small group has thrived and has grown – but when it comes down to it, we don’t have that deep, meaningful sort of community that this article talks about – what I have been yearning for but not quite sure how to achieve. … I couldn’t ever quite figure out what we were doing wrong, but as I read this article, I realized we were pretty much 0 for 5. Sure, we would do some of those things some of the time, but on a consistent basis – they just weren’t happening. … I know there are some groups out there who are getting it right, but I can tell you from my own experience, there are some who could benefit from a little schooling in community building.

[In our first meeting], we used the five points from the article as part of our covenant, along with scripture references to back them up. It’s so powerful to know that not only are these great ways to build community, but God instructs us to do every one of them. I’m excited about our new beginning.

– Brandi Magee

If you have a story of your group or a resource that would help other group leaders, send an e-mail to evanc@faithpromise.org to share your experience.

Leveraging Fellowship Technologies’ Groups 2.0

In the interest of becoming more effective as connectors, Fellowship Technologies has released a revamped tool to help you more efficiently maintain contact with your group members and prospects. And to help you navigate this new technology, a step-by-step guide to the most common tasks is included below. As with any tool, it is best used as intended, much like a hammer is best at hitting nails rather than fixing windows. Ultimately, this tool is meant to streamline the way we promote our groups and connect people in them.

Guide

1. Access the portal at https://fpctystn.infellowship.com/.

2. Log in using your e-mail address and password you created. If you have never logged in, either to manage your group or to register for an event at Faith Promise, you may create an account.

3. Review available groups. Several options exist for groups and may not be relevant for every individual: (1) Your spans of care…, (2) You lead…, and (3) You belong to…

– Coaches and Leadership Team members have access to groups under “Your spans of care…”.
– Group leaders have access to their group under “You lead…”.
– Group members have access to their group under “You belong to…”.

Group leaders, as well as Coaches & Leadership Teams, have the ability to manage the settings of their groups. A leader can manage the Bulletin board, Details, Schedule, and Location. Leaders can also manage prospects through Groups 2.0. They can invite new people to join the group, which creates a new prospect, or respond to individuals who have shown interest. They can make notes on any interaction with a prospect directly in the application. Group leaders also have the ability to remove people from the roster list.

Group members can update their account information and profile. When signed in, click the Account button to access login information and the profile. Any information updated in the profile will update in your record in Fellowship One. Encourage your group members to update their information periodically so they receive e-mails and other correspondence from the group.

As you explore the new tools within Groups 2.0, determine the best means of leveraging this technology to maintain contact with your current and prospective members. And if all else fails, contact Jennifer at jenniferp@faithpromise.org or Evan at evanc@faithpromise.org with your questions.