The RightNow Media Groups Feature

If you’ve ever tried to coordinate schedules with your small group, you know how difficult it can be to find a time that works for everyone. Whether it’s work travel or inclement weather, there are circumstances that can prevent us from being able to meet in person, even for a weekly Bible study.

But what if there was a simple way to gather people together when schedules conflict?  

That’s why RightNow Media created the Groups feature—an easy way to gather your small group together virtually. You can use our built-in video conferencing feature on both the mobile and desktop versions of our site. Learn more about using this feature with your small group below.  

How to Use the RightNow Media Groups Feature

1. Select the study and session on RightNow Media that you will be covering during your next small group session.  

You’ll be generating a custom link for that week’s study, so you want to make sure you’re selecting the correct session. This means if your group is studying session two of The Book of Philippians with Jo Saxton, you’ll want to click on session two prior to generating the custom link.  

2. Generate your group’s custom link.  

To do this, click on the “Watch as a Virtual Group” button below the main video. A new window will pop up with a black screen featuring two steps. The first will have a button to copy the group link. The second will allow you to start the group immediately.

Share this link via email, text, or social media along with the date and time of your group’s meeting. You can even create an event on Facebook and include the link within the event post to invite people.  

Also, if you start the group before the meeting time and close the window, you will need to generate a new link for the session.

3. Start your virtual group.  

When it’s time for your small group meeting, click on “Start Group.” You will be prompted with a camera and microphone test screen to check your settings prior to entering the group. Once you’re happy with the settings, click “Join Virtual Group.”

If you are the facilitator of the group, you have control to start and pause the session, meaning you can break for discussion at any time during the session. Once everyone has joined the group, the facilitator will need to press play to start the session.  

If you, as the facilitator, selected the wrong session by accident, you can use the sessions list button on the far right to easily switch the correct session.

Once you’re done watching, your group can discuss the video using the built-in text chat feature or the video chat function.  

Tip: We recommend groups to mute their microphones when the video is playing to avoid feedback. You can do this by clicking the microphone button at the bottom of the video viewer.  Everyone will still be able to hear the video on their end.  

Frequently Asked Questions about the RightNow Media Groups Feature

Is this feature for all studies on RightNow Media?

Yes! Any study that is on RightNow Media, whether it’s an original series or a licensed series, can be used in a virtual group.  

Does everyone in the group have to have a RightNow Media account?

Yes, to participate in a virtual group within RightNow Media, each participant will need to be logged in to their RightNow Media account.  

If a member of your group doesn’t have a RightNow Media account, you can invite them using these instructions.  

Can the link for the virtual group meeting be made in advance?

Yes! Facilitators can generate custom links up to seven days in advance of the meeting. After seven days, the link will expire and need to be generated again.  

How many people can participate in a virtual group?

For a virtual group, there can be up to 250 attendees. When using the video conferencing software, only 14 attendees will be displayed at a time, depending on the size of the screen. The featured attendees will rotate based on who is speaking.  

What are other ways to use the Groups feature?

While the main way to use the RightNow Media Groups feature is for virtual Bible studies, there are a number of ways to use this feature.  

Here are a few ideas:  

  • Team training: Use a series from our Leadership Development Library to watch a study together staff meetings.
  • Pre-marital counseling: Use a study like Ready or Knot? with Scott Kedersha to help newly engaged couples prepare for marriage.
  • Family Connections: Use this feature to see one another and connect over encouraging content.

Even with chaotic schedules, you and your group can still find creative ways to meet together. We hope you and your group take full advantage of the Groups feature. If you have more questions, read more here or contact us at 972-560-400.

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If you’ve ever tried to coordinate schedules with your small group, you know how difficult it can be to find a time that works for everyone. Whether it’s work travel or inclement weather, there are circumstances that can prevent us from being able to meet in person, even for a weekly Bible study.

But what if there was a simple way to gather people together when schedules conflict?  

That’s why RightNow Media created the Groups feature—an easy way to gather your small group together virtually. You can use our built-in video conferencing feature on both the mobile and desktop versions of our site. Learn more about using this feature with your small group below.  

How to Use the RightNow Media Groups Feature

1. Select the study and session on RightNow Media that you will be covering during your next small group session.  

You’ll be generating a custom link for that week’s study, so you want to make sure you’re selecting the correct session. This means if your group is studying session two of The Book of Philippians with Jo Saxton, you’ll want to click on session two prior to generating the custom link.  

2. Generate your group’s custom link.  

To do this, click on the “Watch as a Virtual Group” button below the main video. A new window will pop up with a black screen featuring two steps. The first will have a button to copy the group link. The second will allow you to start the group immediately.

Share this link via email, text, or social media along with the date and time of your group’s meeting. You can even create an event on Facebook and include the link within the event post to invite people.  

Also, if you start the group before the meeting time and close the window, you will need to generate a new link for the session.

3. Start your virtual group.  

When it’s time for your small group meeting, click on “Start Group.” You will be prompted with a camera and microphone test screen to check your settings prior to entering the group. Once you’re happy with the settings, click “Join Virtual Group.”

If you are the facilitator of the group, you have control to start and pause the session, meaning you can break for discussion at any time during the session. Once everyone has joined the group, the facilitator will need to press play to start the session.  

If you, as the facilitator, selected the wrong session by accident, you can use the sessions list button on the far right to easily switch the correct session.

Once you’re done watching, your group can discuss the video using the built-in text chat feature or the video chat function.  

Tip: We recommend groups to mute their microphones when the video is playing to avoid feedback. You can do this by clicking the microphone button at the bottom of the video viewer.  Everyone will still be able to hear the video on their end.  

Frequently Asked Questions about the RightNow Media Groups Feature

Is this feature for all studies on RightNow Media?

Yes! Any study that is on RightNow Media, whether it’s an original series or a licensed series, can be used in a virtual group.  

Does everyone in the group have to have a RightNow Media account?

Yes, to participate in a virtual group within RightNow Media, each participant will need to be logged in to their RightNow Media account.  

If a member of your group doesn’t have a RightNow Media account, you can invite them using these instructions.  

Can the link for the virtual group meeting be made in advance?

Yes! Facilitators can generate custom links up to seven days in advance of the meeting. After seven days, the link will expire and need to be generated again.  

How many people can participate in a virtual group?

For a virtual group, there can be up to 250 attendees. When using the video conferencing software, only 14 attendees will be displayed at a time, depending on the size of the screen. The featured attendees will rotate based on who is speaking.  

What are other ways to use the Groups feature?

While the main way to use the RightNow Media Groups feature is for virtual Bible studies, there are a number of ways to use this feature.  

Here are a few ideas:  

  • Team training: Use a series from our Leadership Development Library to watch a study together staff meetings.
  • Pre-marital counseling: Use a study like Ready or Knot? with Scott Kedersha to help newly engaged couples prepare for marriage.
  • Family Connections: Use this feature to see one another and connect over encouraging content.

Even with chaotic schedules, you and your group can still find creative ways to meet together. We hope you and your group take full advantage of the Groups feature. If you have more questions, read more here or contact us at 972-560-400.

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