Manage Group Settings

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After you create your group, update the settings to fine-tune how the group operates. Add a group description, photo, and meeting schedule, and set event reminders and messaging preferences. As you're making changes, use the View on Church Center button at the top of the page to see what your people will see on Church Center!

Along with View on Church Center, the Settings page header provides quick links to add a group note (like creation date!) and view the connections to Calendar events.


If you have many groups that will share similar settings, use group type defaults to make the setup process quicker for new groups in that type. Changes made at the group level will override any group type default settings.


Some of the settings in this article are available for administrators only and will not appear for group leaders.

Basic Information

The basic information helps people find the group and schedule if you decide to show it.

  1. Add the name of the group.

  2. Select the group type.

  3. Add or import an image to represent the group and display on Church Center. Use the Free photos button to find free photos from Unsplash or upload your own image.


    Use the Image Sizing Guide to upload the right size and file type.

  4. Enable and select your group messaging options.

  5. Choose your contact person for your leader. When a leader replies to an attendance request or notification email, the response is sent to this contact person. You typically want an administrator or group type manager to be your leader's contact person.

  6. Enable attendance reminders that notify attendance takers 10 minutes before an event.

  7. Set security preferences. Allowing leaders to add members directly to their group on the admin side by searching your database will reveal names, email addresses, physical addresses, and phone numbers.

    If unchecked, leaders can still add new members to their group via Church Center by sending their members a unique join link or by having their members scan a QR code.

Promote on Church Center

Help potential members find and learn about your group.

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

  2. Add tags to the group to help administrators filter specific groups for reporting or tasks. Tags are also used by congregants in Church Center to find groups to join.


    Administrators can create new tags by clicking Manage tags.

  3. Let people know where the group typically meets by adding a virtual or physical location.

  4. Select which items you want to be displayed on Church Center about this group.

Availability on Church Center

This section allows you to choose how and when members join the group.

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  1. Open or close enrollment by selecting this button.


    Leaders and administrators can invite new members to a group, even if the group is Closed and Unlisted.

  2. Select an enrollment strategy.

  3. If you want your group to close automatically based on a date or enrollment number, set that here. Include pending join requests in the enrollment capacity by checking the corresponding box.

  4. Select this option to alert your admin once membership exceeds a certain number.

  5. List or Unlist the group on Church Center by selecting the correct toggle. Unlisted groups are still visible on Church Center to the specific leader and group members.

Event Defaults

Set the defaults for each event created in this group.

  1. Enable and set the timing for reminder emails. This setting automatically applies to events created after it is changed but will not update any previously created events.

  2. Add or edit the meeting schedule to set the frequency and time for creating events automatically. You can also add meeting schedules from the Groups page using the Meeting Schedule column.


    People visiting this group on Church Center can see the meeting schedule before requesting to join!

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