Managing Your Group Information in the System

Go to the CONNECT GROUPS page to update information. If you need help learning how to do this, please continue reading below.

Introduction to Groups for Leaders

Updated on: August 4, 2020

Planning Center Groups is an online application that will help you manage your members, plan events, take attendance, and share resources.

You need to be a Group Leader or Administrator to log in to Groups.

If you have been made a leader of a group, check out the video below to learn how to get started as a leader, and then read the article for more information.

Log in to Groups

The first time you log in to Groups, you may or may not need to set a password, depending on if you have previously set a password for one of our other apps.

You can also access the Groups login page from the Manage Group button when you are logged into your public group page.

On the login page, select the Need a password? link below the email and password fields.

Log in

Enter the email address your administrator used to set up your profile, then a verification code will be sent to that email address. After entering the code, you will be able to create a password and then log in.

Once you are logged in, you will stay logged in until you log out or after two weeks of inactivity.

Manage Members

The first page you see when you select your group is list of all your members.  

You can add new members from this page if your administrator has given you the permission to do so.

add member on group page

If you are a Group Leader, and you see the Invite a new member button, this means you do not have permission to search the People database. If you would like permissions to add members or to add visitors when taking attendance for an event, contact your Administrator.

Click the Invite a new member button to email the person and invite them to join the group.

Add member

When someone requests to join your group, you will receive an email notification. You can either respond via the link in that email or respond from Groups. All requests will be displayed on top of your list of members

To take actions on the list of members, first select the members in the list.

Select the action that you want to take:

  1. Remove members.
  2. Email members.
  3. Print a list of members.
  4. Export a list of members.

You can view emails that you’ve sent to your group from your profile.

Events

The Events tab shows you a calendar of upcoming events for your group, along with some quick actions you can take on each event.

Once you select an event, you will see more details about that event, along with the option to edit the event.

Events

From the event list, you can quickly report attendance or cancel past events. You can request RSVPs from your members for upcoming events and quickly view the responses.

For more information on scheduling events, see the Create, Edit, or Delete an Event article.

Resources

The Resources tab allows you to view resources that have been uploaded and shared with your group. As the leader, you will also have the option to upload resources for your members.

When your members view the group, they will have access to the list of resources you have uploaded and they can download the resources on their end.

Some mobile iOS devices have limitations on types of files that can be downloaded.

Resources

For more information on resources, see the Add Resources for Members article.

Settings

From the Settings tab, group leaders can modify group information such as name, description, and group image.

Settings tab

Leaders can also update the meeting location, contact information, and group description.

Reports

There are currently two different types of reports. The Overview report will give you a bird’s eye view of how your group is doing as a whole.

The Attendance report will give you a closer look at the individuals in your group. As you take attendance during your events, this report will begin to populate.

Reports

For more information on reports, see the Reports article.

If you need any help as you’re leading your group, use the ? in the upper right of any page to contact our Support Team.

Messaging Members

You can communicate with your group members using Group Messaging in the Church Center app.

First, make sure that messaging is enabled for your group.

You can then start discussions or post announcements for your group members in the Church Center app.

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