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With Access ACS, you can build, maintain, and track small group involvement. Before you work with small groups, you must set them up correctly.  

 Creating the Group Structure

On the Small Groups Setup page, administrators and staff members with appropriate rights can set up the small groups structure. We also recommend sketching this out with a pen and paper before setting it up in Access ACS. 

You can create two types of small groups — parent groups and bottom-level groups.

To learn more, see Creating the Small Group Structure.

 Adding Positions

Positions classify individuals' role in the group. Adding positions is the next step of small group setup. 

To learn more, see Set up Small Group Positions.

 Adding Categories

After you add positions, you can add categories. Small Group categories describe your small groups and are searchable.

You can create key phrases to associate with your groups and with multiple category items with each small group.  Members and attendees can search on key phrases to find groups that are of interest to them.

You can only associate one category item with each small group, and you must set up category items before assigning them to groups.

To learn more, see Set up Small Group Categories.

 Adding Master Groups

The next step is adding master or parent groups. For example, suppose you want to set up a small group structure based on sports. First, set up a parent group called sports, then create individual groups for each sport, such as basketball, soccer, and softball. 

To learn more, see Set up Master Groups.

 Adding Small Group Leaders

Once you have your structure in place and set up your groups, you can assign group leaders. 

You must assign parent-level group leaders a staff or administrator profile. You must assign bottom-level group leaders a lay leader, staff, or administrator profile.

To learn more, see Set up Small Group Leaders.



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