Manage Group Types

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You can arrange groups that have a common purpose and similar settings (like small groups or quarterly classes) into a group type. Unique groups are groups that don't fit into a specific group type.


Administrators have permission to manage all group types in the Groups account. Group type managers have permission to manage groups in the group types they are assigned to.


Group types are not created based on geographical distinction or age groups; to differentiate those groups, Administrators can use Tags.

To access group types from the Groups tab, click the gear icon and select Group types.

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Create a New Group Type

Administrators can create new group types. To add a new group type, select Add group type on the Group types page.

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Fill out all the information for your new group type. This information is available on the Groups landing page on Church Center for others to read.

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  1. Enter a name and description for the group type.

  2. Choose a color theme to identify the group type by color on the public page.

  3. Check to enable the map view of groups in this group type on the page your people will visit.

  4. Check to allow your leaders to decide if the group has messaging.

    • If this is enabled, Leaders can turn on messaging from the group settings.

    • If it is left disabled, only Administrators can turn on messaging for a group in this group type.

Select Save to complete creating the group type and return to the Group type page.

Edit Group Defaults

Group Defaults manage the settings for all groups in a group type. Individual groups can either use any defaults that you set or override them with their own settings.


Group Type defaults only apply to newly created groups. The defaults can be overridden by the settings in a specific group.

To edit default settings for a group type, select Defaults.


Make any changes to the settings that you want to apply to all new groups created with this group type.

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See the Manage Group Settings article for a description of each of these settings.


All administrators can search the database to add a member; leaders can invite people to join, unless you give them access.


If enabled, a leader can:

  • see names, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, and adult/child.

  • create new profiles in your database, which could lead to potential duplicate entries or incorrect data.

  • search the database to add to their attendance without inviting the visitor or member to join the group.

Edit or Delete a Group Type

From the Group types page, you can reorganize and edit the group types.

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  1. Admins can reorganize the group types by dragging and dropping them into a different spot.

  2. Edit group defaults.

  3. Edit the main group type settings.

To remove the group type entirely, select Settings and click Delete in the Group Type Settings popup. If there are any groups in this group type, they will not be deleted; they will become a unique group without a group type.


Groups on Church Center are organized by group type, and Unique Groups are shown at the bottom of the page in the Other Groups section.

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Add or Remove Group Type Managers

Group type managers can be added or removed from group types by administrators or Group type managers.

To edit a Group type manager, go to the Group types page and click the Managers button in a group type.


From here, you can add or remove group type managers.

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  1. Search for a new person to add as a group type manager.

  2. Select Remove to remove a current group type manager.

  3. Select Save managers when you are finished making changes.


If you accidentally select remove next to an existing manager, you will have the option to Restore them before saving your changes.

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