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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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New to hosting an online group? An online group is an incredible tool to help people connect with one another when—like right now—an in-person group may not be possible. You can encourage each other in the faith, share authentically, and watch God work in ways you may not have dreamed possible.
Full disclosure: Your first few meetings will take some adjusting as people work out all of the kinks and get acquainted with the technology, the unique group format, and the experience of communicating this way. So, don’t give up too quickly if your first few meetings are a bit of a challenge.
As you look into launching a new group online, or having your current group use this format for the next few weeks (or months), we pray this page will help you figure out which technology to use, learn the best practices for a good online experience, and understand what a typical group meeting might look like.
The best platform to use is the one you feel most comfortable with. Maybe for you that’s Skype or a Facebook Messenger group; maybe it’s FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or Zoom. Whatever it is, make sure everyone is equally as comfortable as you are!
Based on our experiences and testing of different platforms, we’ve been recommending people use either Google Hangouts or Zoom. Here are some thoughts on each platform:
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Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.