The technology for online groups exists and is free, so what's holding you back?
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A church that thinks they have to build their own software or applications for online groups is like a church that thinks they have to build an educational wing on their campus to have physical small groups.
Most small groups meet outside a church building in places that are being funded by something other than the church budget—like homes and coffee shops.
Moreover, many have served their church or Christian ministry for years just to be left empty, lost children to an unbelieving dysfunctional lifestyle, lost lots of money based on a false doctrine about sowing and reaping and was shunned from their congregation because of divorce.