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Pastoral oversight of groups through clusters
Gavin Courtney | October 2, 2014 | ChurchSuite Updates

Pastoral oversight of groups through clusters

As your church grows and runs an ever increasing number of groups, many churches find that creating "clusters" of groups can be an effective means of pastoring and ensuring the health of groups across the board. The principle that 4 or 5 groups might be overseen by a person, meeting with the group leaders to ensure that pastoral issues are heard and responded to can quickly, ensures that group leaders are well supported and their groups remain places where discipleship happens.

With this in mind, we're pleased to have launched functionality that will help churches who implement clusters become more effective! You've always been able to create Clusters within our Small Groups module, but now you can assign cluster overseers from the Address Book module, who are then able to keep an eye on those groups through My ChurchApp.

Cluster overseers now see all groups in their cluster.

Once you've created your clusters and set up the overseers, simply enable the module option to "Enable cluster oversight".

Easily enable cluster oversight.

After you've done this, any time a cluster overseer logs in to My ChurchApp, alongside the listings of any groups they're a member of, they'll also be able to see the details of groups that they oversee. Overseers can see the group members, attendance summary and any notes that have been submitted along with group attendance.

Overseers see notes and attendance stats.

Being able to see attendance summaries and read notes of what's been going on will help cluster overseers continue to provide effective pastoral care to the groups and leaders they oversee. By being able to access the data on a weekly basis, cluster overseers will be able to stay on top of what's going on and follow up on situations that may have otherwise fallen through the gaps.

Cluster oversight is just one more place where My ChurchApp is helping churches reduce staff administration and empower church members into pastoral care. We hope it proves an effective tool for your church as you begin to use it too.

This is just the beginning!

Post by Gavin Courtney

Gavin Courtney, ChurchApp