Group Directory

The Group Directory is where people will learn which groups are open, where they're located, how often they meet, and other important group details.

The video shows you want it looks like in real time, but check out the information below to see more details about how the groups are listed.

 

We don't recommend embedding/framing the group directory on another website because the group directory is much more than a listing of groups. The layout reacts to both the viewer's role (if they're logged in) and live data coming from the administrative side. The design is great on phones and tablets, which is compromised when trying to cram it all into an embedded/framed window on another website. In addition, the email authentication method leaders and members use for logging in makes the embedded/framed approach a short-lived experience.

Instead, link directly from your website to your group directory and encourage your leaders and members to bookmark their group URLs. If the group changes its type or even its name, the group directory will route incoming requests to the new/updated link.

Accessing the Group Directory

The subdomain is used to create a URL on churchcenteronline.com where the public side of Groups lives. Your group directory becomes active as soon as you subscribe to Planning Center Groups, and it's ready to start being customized immediately.

To review your current subdomain setting, go to the Church Center tab on the Accounts page:

This setting changes any links for Registrations or Giving, so if it's currently set, change it only if live links are no longer applicable.

You can get to the Group Directory from the main Groups page and individual group pages:

Group Directory

Using the URL or the buttons on the admin side, you'll be taken to the Group Directory. Group Types are listed at the top of the Groups Directory, and Unique Groups (groups with no group type) are listed at the bottom:

 

There's no way to completely disable the group directory, but you can make all the groups private. With no public groups to display, you'll be left with a very empty, very sad group directory.

The layout of this page depends on the existence of public groups, and open groups are listed first. If a group type has no public groups, the group type will not show in the list. If all the unique groups are private, then the Other Groups section will be hidden altogether.

Group Types

If you only have one group type, then the index will instantly redirect to the group type's landing page:

Selecting a group type will also bring you to this group type landing page.

  1. The church contact information is at the very top of every group directory page.
  2. Group leaders and group members can log in, allowing them to access information that's private to their group, edit their personal contact information, and manage their group membership. Group leaders can also edit the group pages for the groups they lead. Groups uses email authentication instead of traditional passwords for logging in.
  3. The descriptions come from the group type on the administrative side of Groups.
  4. Group properties become filters for browsing groups. Type in the box to search by name.
  5. This map shows an aggregate map of the group locations. People without logins will see approximate locations unless the feature is disabled on the administrative side of Groups.
  6. The public groups of this group type are listed. Select an individual group to be taken to its group page. To view private groups, log in.

My Groups

Once you log in, you'll see My Groups at the top of the group directory.

Select a group to be taken to its group page.

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