This is the location to find the resource guide that follows Dr. Brooks’ weekly sermon text. Please use it as a resource individually, with your family or with your Connect Group. Click here for the resource guide.
Tools for Connect Groups to Stay Connected
Tallowood encourages our Connect Group leaders to find a connection method that works best for their class members. You might find that you need to use more than one. The following tools and resources provide a way to communicate with members and — more importantly — a way to enable connection between them. There are many tools available, and you are welcome to use whichever one you choose. We offer these here simply as a resource for your convenience. Our friends at Houston’s First created it and we are using it with their permisson.
Go to Zoom.us
Zoom is the leader in modern video communications, with an easy, reliable platform for video and audio conferencing.
- Connect Group leaders will need to create an account to begin using Zoom. A church account is not available.
- To use the video and audio features of Zoom, a participant needs a smartphone or a computer with a camera and microphone.
PROS AND CONS OF ZOOM
- Zoom is FREE to use (unless you purchase a plan, starting at $14.99/month)
- Your entire Connect Group can join in on a Zoom meeting
- Meeting participants can see and hear one another during the meeting
- Participants can access the meeting on their phone or computer
- Some people might find it difficult to use Zoom (helpful tutorials are available)
- When using the FREE option, meetings are limited to 40 minutes each. Check Zoom website for details.
- A Zoom meeting is limited to 100 participants
- Zoom is an ideal way to host Connect Group members for a Bible study lesson, prayer group, or any reason you might want to get together in lieu of meeting in person.
- Zoom RESOURCES
- Getting Started with Zoom Meetings – an optional 30-minute training webinar offered daily
- On-demand video tutorials
A special feature of Zoom is the ability to break out your meeting into up to 50 separate sessions — or, Breakout Rooms. The use of Breakout Rooms is optional. The feature could be used in a large all-class Zoom meeting to separate people into Grow Groups, by gender, for prayer groups, or in other ways. Learn more about how Breakout Rooms here.
Go to Facebook.com
Facebook offers Groups for people with similar interests to connect with one another online. A Facebook Group is different than a Facebook Page. A Facebook Group, however, enables you to create your own environment where only people you invite or allow in (members of your Connect Group) can participate. Group members can post content directly to the Group, and other members can post their reactions and comments.
- You must have a personal Facebook account to create a Facebook Group.
- Individuals must have personal Facebook accounts to join a Facebook Group.
- Facebook Groups require at least one person to serve as the moderator of the group. The moderator is typically the person who creates the Group. However, other members can be given the ability to serve as a moderator (or “Admin”) once they join the Group.
PROS AND CONS OF FACEBOOK GROUPS
- Facebook Groups are free to use.
- You can control who has access to see what is posted in a Group and who can join.
- You can host live video sessions that Group members can watch and comment on.
- You can post photos, documents, and links to websites for Group members to see.
- You can create events for Group members to RSVP to. (While in-person events are now limited, you could schedule live video sessions — or look forward to having in-person events once the need for “social distancing” goes away.)
- Connect Group members must have personal Facebook accounts to join a Group.
The live video sessions are only one-way (Group members can see and hear the person in the video, but the person in the video cannot see or hear Group members).
USES IN YOUR LIFE BIBLE STUDY
- Your Life Bible Study’s teacher or other class leaders can host live videos to share a lesson, a devotional thought, or other such messages.
- Members can post prayer requests and other members can comment on them.
- Members can ask questions, share stories, post photos, encourage one another — things you might normally do if you were together on a Sunday.
Go to GroupMe.com
GroupMe is a free group messaging app that offers a simple way to stay in touch with Life Bible Study members quickly and easily. GroupMe works on Windows, iOS, Android, and the web, so you can stay in touch on the go. Connect Group members without smartphones can join, too.
- You must have a phone number to join a GroupMe group.
- To use GroupMe on your phone, you must download the GroupMe app or use SMS.
PROS AND CONS OF GROUPME
- GroupMe is free to use.
- You can control who has access to your group.
- Members can control notifications in their account settings.
- You can share photos and web links in messages.
- Members can send individual direct messages to one another.
- GroupMe can be accessed and used through their website, allowing members to engage in the group without having to use their phone.
- Some Connect Group members might be averse to group text messaging.
- If members adjust their settings, they might not be notified of new messages.
USES IN YOUR LIFE BIBLE STUDY
- Get messages out quickly and easily to your Connect Group members.
- Example: “Reminder – our Zoom meeting is at 6:30 PM. Check your email for details.”
- Members can post urgent prayer requests or needs.