PocketPlatform Group Curriculum

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2020 @ 10:37 pm

Want to distribute curriculum to your Group Leaders so they can lead their groups? Good news – you can do that! The group curriculum tool for PocketPlatform lets you setup re-usable curriculum and put it right in the hands of your Group Leaders, literally!




Setting up Curriculum in MinistryPlatform

  1. In the MinistryPlatform Nouns, navigate to Curriculum
  2. Create a new record for each “lesson” or “meeting”; give it a good title and then enter the lesson notes, facilitator questions, scripture passages, etc.
    1. Use the MinistryPlatform WYSIWYG toolbar to give your text rich formatting, add links, etc.
  3. Save your record, then optionally add links to Video or Audio files, external files, etc.
  4. Once your curriculum is setup for a specific lesson or meeting, you can assign it to Event Groups.

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PocketPlatform > Curriculum in the MinistryPlatform Nouns

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Enter a title and description for this specific lesson

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Add links to videos, mp3s, pdfs and external sites

PocketPlatform Group Management

Last Updated: Sep 1, 2020 @ 8:58 pm

Your church members use PocketPlatform to sign up for Events, engage in serving Opportunities, and take Sermon Notes.  With PocketPlatform’s Group Management tools, your Group Leaders and Group Members can use PocketPlatform to engage foster community, communicate with the group, and dive deeper in their spiritual journey.

Groups List with Graphics

Group Member Features


  • View Members

    View Name, Photo, Email Address, Phone Number for other Group Members.  Email and Phone links available for quickly contacting another group member.

  • Contact Leader

    Send an email directly to your Group Leader with a simple form within the App.

  • Group Calendar

    View a calendar of upcoming Group Meetings with date, time, and location / address.

  • Manage Privacy

    Manage the information you are comfortable sharing with including Email, Phone, Full Name / First Name only, and Photo.

  • Group Communication

    Communicate directly with your Group by chatting inside the App.

Group Leader Features


  • View Members

    View Name, Photo, Email Address, Phone Number for other Group Members.  Email and Phone links available for quickly contacting another group member.

    Leaders can also edit group member’s info, upload a photo, or change the Group member’s role / remove them from the Group.

  • Add Group Member

    Group Leaders can add new members to the Group quickly and easily.

  • Contact Leaders / Members

    Group Leaders can select one or more Group Members / Leaders and send an email to all of them using a single form.

  • Manage Inquiries

    Group Leaders can view Inquiries for their Group, contact inquirers via email, and optionally add inquirers directly to their Group.

  • Group Calendar

    Group Leaders can manage their Group’s calendar of Group Meetings with feature for adding, editing or cancelling meetings.

  • Take Attendance

    Group Leaders can quickly and easily take attendance for a Group Meeting.

  • Group Curriculum

    Group Leaders can access Group Curriculum delivered through MinistryPlatform.  Curriculum includes group leader / facilitator instructions and links to videos, audio files, PDFs, scripture, et al.

  • Manage Privacy

    Manage the information you are comfortable sharing with including Email, Phone, Full Name / First Name only, and Photo.

  • Group Communication

    Communicate directly with your Group by chatting inside the App.


Setting up Groups

Setting up your Groups is essentially the same as configuring groups for use in the Think Ministry Portal.  Once your Group is configured in MinistryPlatform, you can set the Available On App to Yes for it to be available in your App.

For more information on setting up Group Curriculum, reference the Group Curriculum KB article.

Opportunities Images

Adding an Image

Last Updated: Jul 22, 2019 @ 8:54 am

Increase engagement in your PocketPlatform app by adding images to your Opportunities, Groups, and Events in MinistryPlatform! Plus, most dashboard recipes require Opportunities and Events to have a default image set in order to display them on the dashboard, so having an image attached is an all-around good thing to do.

Please be aware that this article assumes that you have an Opportunity, Event or Group created already. For more information on creating these resources, please visit the MinistryPlatform Knowledgebase: Opportunities, Groups, Events.

Opportunities Images


Adding an Image

The image associated with these instructions is the Opportunities Page in MinistryPlatform. The “Attach File” button remains the same whether you are setting up a Group, Opportunity, or Event.

  1. In the MinistryPlatform Nouns, select “Opportunities” (or Groups, or Events)
  2. Click on the Object to which  you would like to add the image
  3. Click the “Attach a File” Button and upload a new image

Add image to Opportunity


Image Best Practices

While PocketPlatform will display a wide variety of image sizes and formats without issue, you can foster a more robust and engaging environment for your users with some consideration in how you format your images.  PocketPlatform was designed with the understanding that the majority of church graphics are created to be used on a standard 16:9 ratio screen. Below, you will find examples of different images with text and how they display on the opportunities screen.

Click the images below to see them in more detail.

16:9, balanced text area

16:9 With balanced text

Tall Image

Tall Image

Wide-Format Image

Wide-Format Image

16:9, Oversized Text Area

16:9 - Oversized Text Area

PocketPlatform | Groups Map on Phone

Groups Map View Overview

Last Updated: Jul 15, 2019 @ 2:48 pm

The groups map view offers an exciting and easy-to-use method of presenting your community and small group offerings to your congregation!  Simply configure the groups you have available with an address and latitude and longitude coordinates, and then you’ll be able to see the pins on the map.  Follow the instructions below to ensure that you have this set up properly.

PocketPlatform | Groups Map on Phone


Adding an Address to a Group

The first thing we need to do is add an address to a group that we would like to feature on the maps.  The only requirement that PocketPlatform has for address display is the Latitude and Longitude values in the address.

If your group DOES NOT have an address assigned to it:

  1. First, create an address.  In the MinistryPlatform nouns, open the “Lookup Values” folder and click on “Addresses”
  2. Create a new address, ensuring that you have added Latitude and Longitude to the address
  3. Assign this new Offsite Meeting Address to your group by opening the Groups noun and editing the appropriate record.

If your group DOES have an address assigned to it:

  1. In the MinistryPlatform nouns, click “Groups” and then open the record for the group you would like to assign.
  2. Click the “link” icon next to the Offsite Meeting Address and edit the address, adding the Latitude and Longitude

See the next section, “How do I get the Latitude and Longitude?” for more information on obtaining the Latitude and Longitude

Addresses in Lookup Values in MinistryPlatform

Addresses in Lookup Values in MinistryPlatform


How do I get the Latitude and Longitude?

So – you’ve got a group. You have an address.  You just need to get the latitude and longitude so it’ll show up on the map, right?

Well, it’s super easy, so let’s dive right in!

Step 1

Go to maps.google.com and enter your destination address into the search field.


Entering an Address into Google Maps

Step 2

Right click near-ish the pin that google drops and click “What’s Here?”


What's Here on Google Maps

Step 3

Glean the Latitude and Longitude from the small area at the bottom of the screen.


Reading Latitude and Longitude

In this example, the latitude is 35.783753 and the longitude is -78.783051