What are google hangouts?
A group of three to twelve people gathering regularly through a Google Hangout doing life together facilitated by curriculum or discussion guides, and training from our church.
What does a typical Google Hangout look like?
Most Google Hangouts either watch a video teaching/read material prior to their slotted meeting time. During a Google Hangout they use the discussion questions provided with the video teaching or materials to guide the conversation. Meetings start with prayer and end with prayer requests. There is usually always time for open conversations prior to the meeting and after the conclusion of the group time. You can see the typical itinerary below. I do want to highlight Google Hangouts are not too different from small groups that meet in homes. The only differences are the medium they are gathering on and instead of watching the video teaching together the lesson is watched prior to gathering.
Pre-Meeting Log on and open conversation
Start Opening Prayer
Middle Talk through guided discussion questions from video/book
End Highlight video to watch for next week and prayer requests
Post-Meeting Log off and open question
How do Google Hangouts typically meet?
We are encouraging community through the Google Hangouts platforms. While there are other options that are text-based platforms like Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, or Facebook Groups. Or even FaceTime. However, our desire is to keep our communication and strategy simple by directing everyone to Google Hangouts. We desire our groups to gather regularly and tend to not restrict how they meet. We understand that bandwidth can be an issue causing problems with video meetings. Additionally, showing a face on camera can be a big step to a new follower of Jesus.
What is the ministry strategy with Google Hangouts?
We have a desire for all of online small groups to eventually be part of a face to face home group. Our pastoral responsibility is to slowly encourage our text-based groups to meet on an audio platform, our audio-only groups to become video-based, and over time start a face to face group in their home.
CITY KIDS HANGOUT
We are in the process of arranging for kids to also meet online through Google Hangouts during the week. If you have a child that you would like to connect to this group, contact our Children's Ministry Director, Calley to hear about the next Hangout. Click HERE to email Calley.