EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
your GROUP LAUNCH at Browns bridge church!


Step 1: Register your group online.

Before you register, please consider:

  • Type of Community Group you would like to lead

  • Area of town where your group will meet  

  • Meeting day and time

  • Number of new people you would like to add 

  • Co-leader(s) name and email (if applicable)

  • Past group members who will continue with your group (if applicable)

Once you have that information, register your group using the buttons below. The registration deadline is Sunday, January 20.

Step 2: Send us a photo.

We recommend posting a picture with your group description. If you lead an existing group and are adding new members, we suggest a picture of the group. If you’re starting an entirely new group, please provide a picture of yourself. 

Step 3: Inform your apprentice and former group members.

Please let your apprentice, former group members, or friends whom you have already added to this group know that they don’t need to register for your group. Encourage them to attend the launch event, as this will be your new group’s first meeting

Step 4: launch your group at the church.

Groups will have their first meeting at the church. Here are the dates:

  • Men’s Groups will launch on Thursday, February 7, in the Theater.

  • Women’s Groups will launch on Thursday, February 7, in the Attic.

  • Married Couples’ Groups will launch on Saturday, February 9, in the Attic.

See more information below on preparing for this launch event.


Preparing for LAUNCH

To give new group members a great first impression, we’re encouraging you to reach out to them twice before Group Launch. We’ll send you a roster on Thursday, August 9, and again a week before Group Launch. You can copy, paste, and personalize the email templates below. We hope this digital introduction will help people feel known before they arrive and missed if they don’t show up.

If you don’t hear back from someone on your roster, you can let us know any time.

  • First Welcome Email – Monday, January 28. If your group is full already, email the entire group from your roster using this email template. If your group isn't full quite yet, email each person individually (you can use the same email template).

  • Second Welcome Email – Sunday, February 3–Thursday, February 7. Start an email conversation with the group a few days before Group Launch using this second email template.

If your group isn’t full, we’ll send you updated group rosters on January 29, 31 and February 5, 7.

NOTE: We’ll send a logistics email to all registered attendees a few days before Group Launch.


AT THE LAUNCH

At the group launch gathering, we will help you create an environment where it’s fun and easy for your group to get going. When your group members check in, they’ll receive name tags and your table number so they can find you, along with a copy of your group’s first study, Circle Up.

We’ll help your group experience a typical group meeting in three phases: 

  1. Connect: We’ll serve appetizers and provide fun icebreakers for easy, informal social connection.

  2. Learn: We’ll share a vision for groups and a video from Andy Stanley. 

  3. Grow: You’ll sit in a circle with your group to discuss what we just learned.

Of course, we’ll have a Questions Table staffed with helpful volunteers in case you or your group members need anything.

Event Schedule

  • 6:15 p.m. - Leaders check-in and dinner will be served in hallway outside Auditorium

  • 6:45 p.m. - Leader information meeting 

    • You’ll receive and double-check your group roster. We’ll ask you which members indicated they could not attend, and we’ll reserve their spots in the group.

    • We’ll give you a name tag, leader shirt and your copy of the Circle Up study guide.

    • We’ll take you to the Auditorium, where we’ll walk you through our plan for the evening.

  • 7:15 p.m. - Doors open

after the launch

Your group's first study will be Circle Up. You can find it on the Anthology app. Check out our Circle Up page to find more information about making the most of your first group study.