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Using small groups lets your organization set up and manage small groups of participants. You can create two types of small groups, parent-level groups and bottom-level groups.

Parent-level groups are those groups participants cannot join. They provide the structure for your small groups. Parent-level groups display as bold text on the Create Group Table page.

Participants can join bottom-level groups and 

  • View small group information, including meeting dates and times, topics of discussion, and meeting locations.
  • Search for available small groups using categories.
  • Request to join small groups.

When a participant requests to join small groups, the leaders for those groups are assigned a small group connection. Leaders can follow up with the individuals and choose to add them to the small groups or reassign them to other small group leaders.

By default, Access ACS creates small groups based on your small group structure. These groups let parent-level group leaders keep track of the leaders they supervise. The following image provides an example of the default groups:

On the My Groups page, small group leaders can manage their small groups, and small group participants can view their small groups. If necessary, parent-level leaders can view and complete assigned small group connections for the leaders they are responsible for.

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