Assigning roles within your small groups
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Roles are a really useful way of organising the members of your small groups, making it easier to communicate with groupings of people by their role. Once you've created a role, it's then just as easy to assign that role to the relevant members of each of your groups. For each role you create, there are a number of optional functions that group members with that role can then perform - like attendance recording in My ChurchSuite. Let's take a closer look...
Creating and assigning roles
Navigate to Roles section of the Small Groups module and select the Add role.
On the Add role pop up, enter the Name of the role - e.g. Leader, Worship Leader, Attendance Submitter, Prayer Coordinator, Flyer Contact, Co-Leader.
Next, select which additional Options and My ChurchSuite settings are to be applied to group members who are assigned this role in their group - see the next section in this article for an explanation of these additional options and settings. Click to Save before closing the Add role pop up.
Within the Roles section, helpful icons give you a visual indicator of the Options and My ChurchSuite settings you have assigned for each role. Hover your cursor over an Option or My ChurchSuite setting to see what the option is. You can return to the Roles section at any time to make changes to a role's settings.
Clicking to view the above Role - either by clicking on it's Name or using the View option from the action menu on the right hand side of the list - will display a list of group members assigned with that role in your active small groups...
Note also how you can easily Order roles in the Roles list using the up/down icons - click the associated role icon within the list to open the Reorder pop up...
...and use the up/down icons to make changes as appropriate.
Having created a role, you now need to assign that role to specific group members in each of your small groups. To do this, navigate to the Groups list within the Small Groups module and open each group's "View" page in turn.
Select the Members tab. To assign a role to a group member, select Edit from the Action menu next to the member's name.
On the Edit member pop up, assign roles as applicable - roles change from grey to blue when selected...
It's also possible to use the inline role editor to assign or un-assign roles. Hover over the Roles section on the right of a group member's name and select Edit to enable the inline editor...
Available roles are listed in grey. Click on the Roles you wish to assign to the member, and then click to Save the changes.
You can also assign roles to new group members when using the Add member option on a small group's page...
Search for a person, select their Roles from the list and Save the changes.
Group members with Edit Group Details role permissions (see next section) are also able to assign roles when adding group members or editing existing group members in the member-facing My ChurchSuite.
Additional options and permissions for those in roles
When adding or editing a Role you can choose whether additional options and permissions should be granted to group members assigned with that role. To grant additional role options and permissions ensure that the relevant option is ticked on the Add or Edit pop up. Role permissions apply on a group by group basis, so a group member assigned with a role permission in one group doesn't have the same permission in their other groups unless they are assigned that role in their other groups. So, for example, someone can have attendance submission permissions for one of the small groups they belong to but not for any other groups they might also belong to.
Each of these role options and permissions is explained below...
Flyer Contact Details
When enabled, group members with this role will have their contact phone number and email address displayed on the printed flyers for their Small Group. Note that only one person's details can appear on flyers, so make sure only one person per group has this role. To help with this, you may find it helpful to create a role called "Flyer Contacts" and then assign it to just one member in each small group. For guidance on how to print flyers for small groups, check out the related support article below.
If you want a mobile number on your flyers, you can go to the member's contact page in the Address Book and temporarily turn off their Email is visible for their privacy settings. You can then print the flyers with just the mobile number, return to the Address Book and revert their privacy settings. The same process works if you want an email address. Make sure you have a lawful basis for sharing a flyer contact's personal details in this way.
Notify of Sign-ups
Small group members assigned with this role setting enabled will be notified when people sign-up to their group through My ChurchSuite or the Embed/Connect group pages. This can be a really useful, especially during a sign-up period, as it enables small group leaders to stay on top of who's signing up to join their groups, helping them be intentional about welcoming newcomers.
Be careful to only enable the 'Notify of Sign-ups' option on just one role, otherwise a group member assigned with multiple roles that each have 'Notify of Sign-ups' enabled will receive multiple instances of sign-up notifications, one for each role the option is enabled for that they are assigned to!
Viewing sign-ups in My ChurchSuite before the group starts
Often churches and organisations will run a sign-up period before the small group's start date. While group members with the Notify of Sign-ups role permissions enabled will receive sign-up notifications, they will only be able see their group's Members list in My ChurchSuite if the Enable attendance submission option is checked in the Small Groups Module settings for My ChurchSuite. (Go to Small Groups > Module Settings 'cogwheels' icon > My ChurchSuite Options and click to Edit settings to Enable attendance submission).
Visible in My ChurchSuite?
Enabling the Visible role option will show this role against the member's name in the My Groups Members list within My ChurchSuite. This will mean that all group members and those that sign-up to that group through My ChurchSuite (if you have Show member list immediately selected within the Group's sign-up options) will be able to easily see the assigned roles of their fellow group members. This can be really useful for newcomers to identify the group leaders or group hosts. However, in some churches or groups, role invisibility may be more preferable; in which case, disable the "Visible" setting for the role.
Small group members assigned with this role permission can submit group attendance through My ChurchSuite. For this to function, attendance submission must first be enabled in the Small Group module's My ChurchSuite options. Click to Edit the Settings and tick to enable attendance submission.
Attendance recorded through My ChurchSuite is added to the Attendance section within your Small Groups module. Attendance recording is helpful to both pastors and leaders as they monitor small group engagement, to see which groups have available capacity to direct newcomers to, to quickly spot pastoral issues where a member is seemingly withdrawing from small group life but also importantly where maintaining attendance registers are necessary for safeguarding purposes - e.g. if children or vulnerable adults at risk are present at the group.
Small group members with this role option enabled will see an Add attendance button on their My Groups page within My ChurchSuite.
From there they can tick all of those who were present, use the notes field to record any visitor information or record if the group didn't meet.
Attendance submitters will also be able to see an 'Attendance' tab in My Groups, giving a simple summary of recent group attendance - really helpful for spotting who's not been for a while.
See our related support article on Small Group Attendance recording.
Edit Group Details
Small group members assigned with this role permission will be able to access an Edit [group] Details section in the My Groups section within My ChurchSuite.
Edit permissions allow role holders to manage the group's Members list, including being able to add/remove members from the group, assign roles set as 'visible in My ChurchSuite' and set active (approve) 'pending status' group members.
The group fields that can be changed by these role holders is set in the Small Group module's settings, accessed via the 'cogwheels' icon. From the My ChurchSuite Options tab, scroll down to the the Fields options and click Edit to make changes to the editable group fields.
Once you have set the Editable Fields for those with Edit Group Details role permissions enabled, designated role holders will be able to click the Edit [group] button and make any necessary changes. All changes will be updated back to the group in your ChurchSuite Small Groups module.
Communicating with people by small group role
Whether it's issuing an invitation to small group leaders to attend an end of year party, sharing resources with small group junior leaders or distributing chord music for this month's latest worship song to your small group worship leaders - "Roles" makes the task of directing those communications super easy. Here we outline two useful ways to communicate by role.
First, head to the Roles section of your Small Groups module. Click through to the Role "View" page of the role you wish to communicate with. Note the Group Status option to filter (and therefore communicate with) role holders of Past, Active and Future groups. Click Update to apply a filtered selection.
Click Communicate to send an email or SMS to all the small group members assigned with that role for groups with the selected group status.
Alternatively, within the Small Groups > Communication section, you have the option to communicate to All Members of a group(s) or By Role. Note that this method will only send to role holders of the selected Active groups - not role holders of Past or Future groups.
Deleting small group roles
Note: Deleting a small group role is irreversible and will un-assign every role holder from the deleted role in all groups - archived, active and future. Deleting a role does not delete the role holders from ChurchSuite or remove the role holder from the groups of which they are members.
From the Roles section of the Small Groups module, select Delete from the Action menu in the list.