Requirement: A BSF Online Host License. See this article to confirm a Host License has been allocated to you: Leader - View your Online Meeting Host License
Important! This article is NOT for replacement Online Group Leaders (OGLs), see below**
- Login to your account at bsfonline.org
- Go to 'My Group Settings' under the Navigation menu, My Group > My Group Settings
Complete the following on your My Group Settings page:
- Group Name*
- Group Description (Please keep this very brief with no special characters)
- Age Range*
- Common Interest*
- Private Group*
- Group Discussion Meeting Time
- Time Zone*
- Spoken Language*
- Alternative Host
- “Save Changes”!
Group Name: The following are some examples of Group Names that have been used:
- Johnson’s Band of Brothers
- Amazed by God’s Grace - A. Smith
Avoid references to time in your Group Name, such as “9pm” or “Evening” since this varies depending on the time zone of each participant.
Avoid any geographic location unless the group is intended to (primarily) serve residents of a specific city, region, country or area.
Private Group: If you select ‘Yes’, your group will be marked as Private and will not show up on the list of available Online Discussion Groups for members to join.
Time Zone: Please make sure that your selected Time Zone on your ‘My Group Settings’ page matches the Time Zone on your ‘Edit Profile’ page exactly!
Capacity: BSF Online recommends a capacity of 15 Online Group Members, which is the default capacity setting. If needed, this number may be increased or decreased.
Alternative Host: The ‘Alternative Host’ or ‘Buddy’ field on the My Group Settings page for OGLs, and the green circles that previously designated Alternative Hosts will not be utilized at this time. Please read this article for more information on preparing your Substitute: Substitute Leader
What happens when I select “Save Changes”?
Your Start Meeting button will now function and connect you with an Online Meeting link to conduct your weekly discussion group.
**What do I do if I am a replacement OGL?
Do not set up a group!! The existing group will be transferred to you from the outgoing OGL by your Online Trainer (OT). Please refer to the instructions on the OT/AOT - Place a Replacement Online Group Leader article. If you or your OT have any questions, please submit a ticket through the Need help? button.