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Ways to Lead Your Small Group

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

This post will share some ways you can still run your church small groups & prayer meetings and stay connected while practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources were shared at GROW Online, presented by Pastor Jani Csoke.


1. Zoom

Zoom allows you to host essentially a group conference call where people can join using their phone or smart device. You can set up a free account or pay for an upgraded plan. Please see the link below for a discounted rate for non-profits. The host can screen share if there's a powerpoint or video that you want to show so that all participants can watch together. If you need help using Zoom or setting up an account send us an email and we will set up a time to walk you through it.

Discounted rate found at:

Google Hangout

This is another group conference call with free and paid options. Right now the upgraded version is free for non-profits until July 1, 2020. The link below explains how to use Google Hangouts and the second link is for the free upgraded version of GSuites (scroll to find the offer)

Free upgraded GSuites for non-profits:


This is a free option for video calling up to four people. Perfect for small sized small groups.

Facebook Messenger

Start a group message on Facebook Messenger and then hit the little video camera icon to start a group call. Free to use. Limit 50 people. For the first six participants, the app will stream everyone’s camera feed to one another in a grid-like view. After six, Messenger will display only the dominant speaker’s feed.

Facebook Group & Watch Party

Create a private Facebook group and invite your small group/church to join.

You can go live and have a single person lead a live lesson or prayer, however, people watching will only be able to interact via the chat feature.

You can also host a "watch party" which allows you to watch a video together and people can interact and discuss it in the chat or under the comments. The videos are linked to the post after in case people from your group were not able to watch live. Note: not all videos are available to watch... if you want help navigating this feature feel free to reach out to us via email.

Here is a link explaining Facebook wach party:



These apps allow you to create online Bible study groups. They are not live (no phone call or video options) but they bother have private comment sections where participants can comment and discuss the daily readings together.

Here is a link to a YouTube video explaining how to use this feature in the Bible app



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