We all know that relationships come and go. In the same way, our CPR groups change, too. People leave one group to join another. Sometimes a season in life prohibits regularly attendance (prolonged illness, death in the family, COVID-19, etc.), or they drift out of fellowship as life transitions (new work schedule, new life-stage, physical move, etc.). Still yet, new people move to the area and want to grow together with us. Since the health of CPR small groups is the health of the church, we want to see who is regularly "devoting themselves to the apostle's teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer" (Acts 2:42). This video shows how to update your CPR roster with current attendees so that we can begin to notice patterns of commitment.
Regular attendance to CPR small groups demonstrates a level of commitment that goes beyond Sunday morning worship attendance. People who attend CPR groups understand that biblical community allows you to accomplish more together, support one another, encourage one another, and continue to stand together. Since the health of the church is the health of our small groups, we wish to know who is attending consistently. The video below shows how simple it is to record your weekly attendance on the Mobile App.
Here are a few pointers and downloads for your reference to keep in mind if you choose to forego meeting together personally and opt for virtual groups:
- Choose the digital platform that works best for the unique members of your group. For example, if couples with young kids now have their kids at home 24/7, using a platform like ZOOM or Facebook Live that is geared for uninterrupted and focused interaction may not be a good choice.
- Use Social Media to your advantage. You can use GroupMe or Facebook Groups to message each other or share prayer requests or even post questions and answers from a Bible study and continue the discussion throughout the thread. Be aware, however, that most if not all social media platforms will require users to have their own individual accounts.
- Don't forget about e-mail. For those still not comfortable with Social Media options, emails can still be used to post prayer requests, questions and comments from a Bible study or lesson.
- Don't forget Member Care. Since virtual groups don't have the tactile experiences of hugs or handshakes or even eating together, that doesn't mean you still can't see one another. CPR group HOSTs can still connect with individual members of their groups via Facetime or Skype call in lieu of a personal visit. In this way you can (literally) see how your people are doing and PRAY with them. Don't discount the power of prayer and praying for your people.
- Meet one another's needs. CPR groups are the front-line of meeting practical needs for one another. With certain folks out of work, benevolent needs may arise. There are creative ways to minister and meet such needs digitally, such as ordering groceries for a widow online and having them delivered to her; or collecting funds digitally through such platforms as Venmo or ApplyPay to help someone temporarily unemployed.