Set Group Privacy and Permission Settings

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You always retain complete control over your group's privacy from your group’s Admin settings. Privacy is set on a per-group basis. In other words, you can set your main church group to one setting and each subgroup to a different setting. Privacy settings stay with the individual group and are controlled on two levels:

  1. Group privacy controls who can see your group and its public content on
  2. Content privacy permissions control what content is visible to the public, followers, or members who can see your group.

Note: Learn about adjusting your group settings or your personal Faithlife account's privacy.


Adjust Your Group’s Privacy on

The first level of privacy control allows you to set who can view, follow, and join your group on This setting determines how visible your group (and its publicly-shared content) is on

1. Open your group settings.

Log in to and select your group from the left-hand sidebar. Scroll down to the left-hand Admin panel, expand Settings, and click Group Settings.

2. Adjust your group’s privacy.

Your selection here controls how visible your group is on In Faithlife terminology, a follower is anyone with a Faithlife account that has read-only access to your group while a member is someone you accept into the group.

Public Privacy Level

  • Anyone can find and follow your group. Only those you invite can become members.
  • Only content privacy level permissions within your group that are set to Public or Followers will be visible to those who haven’t joined your group. Setting content privacy level permissions is covered below.
  • Even if your group is to the public privacy level, you can set individual content to display for members-only.

Note: This is often the best setting for a church, as it allows people to find you online. If you’re concerned about the public viewing your content within your group, anyone who posts to your site can restrict who can view their post by setting the “To: members” only.

Private Privacy Level

  • People can find your group on
  • No one can join or follow your group without your permission. You can set whether or not people can request to join your group (select one of the sub-options to set your preference).
  • If any content privacy level is set to Public (shown below), that content will still be visible to anyone who views your group whether or not they are a member.

Secret Privacy Level

  • The group is invisible to those not currently members or invited.
  • All privacy level permissions set within the group (shown below) are limited to Member and higher.
  • In other words, no one outside your group will be able to view your group or any of its content.


Adjust Content Privacy Level within Your Group

You can set specific privacy permissions for content types within your group. Your group privacy level will influence the possible privacy level adjustments here.

1. Open your group’s Features & Permissions.

Log in to and select your group from the left-hand sidebar. Scroll down to the left-hand Admin panel, expand Settings, and click Features & Permissions.

2. Adjust permission levels.

Change the permission levels for any setting by moving its slider to your desired level. Your changes save automatically.

  • Admins: complete control over all group settings and actions
  • Mods: maintain and manage the group
  • Members: regular members of the group
  • Followers: those with a Faithlife account who can read group posts for followers or public without becoming members
  • Public: anyone online with a link to your content

Certain actions are restricted so you cannot inadvertently extend this privilege too far. Others are more flexible and will require your active adjustment.

Note: To change a person’s role in you group, navigate to the Directory menu option in the left-hand sidebar. Learn more about using the directory.


Activity Feed

Control who can see and interact with your activity feed. Posts in your group default to these settings, though users can further limit who can see their individual posts. Learn more about posting to your group feed.

Note: In order for your posts to show on your Faithlife Sites website, your Read the activity feed permissions must be set to Public.



View help for using the group calendar and importing external calendars.



Learn how to invite people to your group.


Group Chat

Set who can send group-wide messages (learn more about Faithlife Messages).

Did you know? You can create and join group-wide video chats for free?



Learn more about your shared file vault, bulletins, or newsletters.

Note: Setting "View files in the group" to "Public" means anyone on the internet can access your entire file vault. Remember, this is the master setting for your group. You can always set an individual file to "Public" (e.g., with a livestream video file) or create a share link directly from your files. If you have a Faithlife Site or want a file, video, or image to show to the public, however, that media’s Can View file permission must be set to Public. Learn more about uploading photos, videos, or documents to a Faithlife Site.


Bible Study

Learn more about reading plans or prayer lists.

Note: Created reading plans are available to Followers of your group.



Toggle your group discussions on or off.

Note: Parent and subgroup permissions are treated separately. One will not effect the other. For example, when creating an event for a particular subgroup the permissions you set for the event apply to that subgroup and not to the group as a whole. This means that creating an event for Moderators in your Finance team does not allow Moderators of the main church group to see the event (unless they are also Moderators of the Finance team).

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