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Manage Group Types

Put groups with a common purpose and similar settings into a group type. A group type holds several settings that can apply to the groups as they are created with the group type. As you make changes to your group types, you can view the changes on Church Center.


Administrators can add and manage all group types. Group type managers can manage groups in the group types they are assigned to.

To access group types, select Group types from the gear dropdown.

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Create a New Group Type

Select Add group type on the Group types page.

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Enter the settings for your new group type.

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  1. Enter a name and description for the group type, which will show on the Church Center landing page. If a person is logged in, they'll see the names and descriptions under My Groups.

  2. Choose a color theme to identify the group type by color on the Admin side.

  3. Enable the map view, which shows the location of each group from the group type on a map on Church Center for a web browser. The location is approximate for non-members.

  4. Allow leaders to turn on messaging from the group settings. If this is unchecked, only administrators can turn on messaging for a group in this group type.

  5. Choose to show all groups by default on Church Center, even those that are closed or full. 

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

Update or Set Up Unique Groups

Unique Groups is the default group type when you start using Groups and is the best place for miscellaneous groups that do not have the same leadership or structure as any other group.


This group type cannot have a description, default settings, or group type manager assigned, since those details are likely different for all groups in this type.

Find all of your groups without a specific group type by using the filter on the Groups tab and selecting the Unique Groups type.

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For groups that shouldn't be in the Unique Groups type, go to the Settings tab for that group to select the specific type. Otherwise, set up each unique group with it's relevant details.


Group types cannot be updated in bulk, but you can select the group type during the creation process to save time updating after-the-fact.

Like all other group types, the Unique Groups type shows on Church Center if there are listed groups in that type. 

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Manage Group Type Managers

Administrators and other group type managers can add or remove group type managers from group types.

Select Managers in a group type.


Add or remove group type managers.

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  1. Search for a new person.

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

    If you accidentally remove an existing manager, you can Restore them before saving your changes.


Select Save managers to apply changes.

Edit Group Defaults

Group defaults establish the settings for all newly created groups in a group type. Individual groups can use defaults you set or override them with their settings.

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


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


  1. Add an email address if you want people to contact a specific person when they have questions about the groups in this group type. The email is used for the Contact button on Church Center. If no email address is entered, no Contact button is shown.

  2. The description is shown on each individual group page and should give people a sense of what the group is about. Use the editing tools to make important text stand out.

  3. Let people know where the groups in this group type typically meet by adding a location.


Manage group enrollment by closing the group on a specific date or with a certain number of members.


Group leaders are also members, so they are counted toward the total number enrolled.

  1. If you want your group to close based on a date, set that here.

  2. If you set a capacity, you can also include pending join requests.

  3. Alert your admin once membership exceeds a certain number.

If a group is closed or full, leaders and administrators can still add new members to this group.

Event Defaults

  1. Enable and set the timing to send members reminder emails about future events.

  2. Notify leaders or specified attendance takers to take attendance in Church Center ten minutes before the event begins.

  3. Allow people to see the group's upcoming events without joining the group by showing the calendar.

Leader Settings

  1. For security purposes, leaders can only add members by invitation. Enable this setting to allow leaders to add members by searching the database, which shows names, email addresses, physical addresses, and phone numbers. This setting also allows leaders to create new profiles and add people to the event attendance without inviting the visitor or member to join the group.

  2. Choose the contact person for group leaders in this group type, typically one of the group type managers. When a leader replies to an attendance request or notification email, the response is sent to this contact person.

Edit or Delete a Group Type

You can reorganize and edit the group types to appear differently on Church Center.

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  1. Administrators 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 a group type entirely, go to the Settings and choose Delete. If there are any groups in this group type, they will be moved to the Unique Groups type.


If the group type has a Calendar feed, deleting the group type will permanently remove any associated events from Calendar. To keep those, reassign the groups to another group type and delete the group type.

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