Thursday, March 1, 2012

Group Membership and Leadership Email Address - bonus!

Communicating with your small group should be easier than it is. Finding current email addresses, using internet email lists, all of which is a hassle for small group leaders. Whose email is or isn't on that list, in my contacts, on that slip of paper I got that one time with that email on it... more chaos. has a built in membership email address which can be used to send an email to your entire group. You may choose to use's built in group membership email functionality, or you can choose to use your existing email list system. We think's group email functionality is cooler, and much easier to use, though we may be biased.

Event Notice Email's Group Membership Email
When anyone in your group receives an event notice email, either manually or automatically generated, the last section of the email contains a link to your group's membership email address. This allows anyone in the group to just click that link and send an email to the entire group. (Bonus question: why shouldn't the event notice email be forwarded to anyone ever? Answer: it contains a link to your signup sheet which is yours and yours only. If others clicked on the link in your email, they could sign up on your behalf. We will have a blog on this in the future!)

Group Leader's Site Membership/Leadership email address
Group leaders can easily decide whether to use their existing group list management tool, or to use the built in's group membership email address. Why use's group email functionality? Since already has a current and up-to-date roster of your group member's emails, anytime a new member is added, or their email changes, or a member is removed, or any of the other conditions in which you'd need to update your email list, will automatically keep your group roster up to date with the group membership email list. In addition, can provide a leadership email address which will only go to the group's leaders (those families with leader titles in your group). We've found this to be a fantastic and quite easy way to communicate with the group leaders things which are sensitive or specific to the group leadership.

Group leaders will usually have a default group membership email address provided to them when they first begin managing their group. They can easily change that default membership or leadership email address by clicking on "Change the Group's Details" at the bottom of their Group Leader Site.

Have fun communicating with your group!

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