What is PrayerMate Share?
PrayerMate Share is a new feature within the free PrayerMate mobile app designed to help you privately and securely share prayer requests within a trusted small group. You create a shared list, invite all of your group members, and then any prayer requests that are recorded get synced between all of the group members. You can even log prayer requests from people who don’t use the app and send out the requests via email. The biggest advantage of sharing requests this way is that when you read them, it will be when you are in a more prayerful mind set, rather than having them mixed in with the usual banter or to-do lists such as when using WhatsApp, Facebook or email.
So, how do you get started?
Currently, PrayerMate is only available to organisations signed up at the PrayerMate Publishing Platform. Once registered, you can invite your group leaders to set up their own shared list using the link in the right hand sidebar.
Step 1 — Creating a group
To get started, simply follow the link sent to you on your mobile device, making sure that you are running the latest version of PrayerMate (at least 5.11), and it should prompt you to create a new shared list and give it a name.
It will then give you a unique URL, such as http://share.prayermate.net/mygroup1 for example, and a QR code for your new list which you can share with the other users in your group.
Step 2 — Inviting others to your group
You could choose to do this via your usual means of communication such as WhatsApp or email. You’ll need to make sure that those you share it with have firstly updated to the latest version of PrayerMate and also that they have a Google account so they can login to PrayerMate and share synced information. The link is the easiest way to invite others if you aren’t with them in person, but the QR code works well if you are there in person with them next to you.
Step 3 — Approving member requests
Once you’ve shared this with the others in your group, you will then need to approve requests to join the group. The page you will need to do this is on the “Lists” tab — find your new shared list, and tap its cog button in the top right to access “View group members”. There you can see any join requests and you can swipe a row to the right or tap it to confirm.
Equally, on the lists page, in the top left corner is the share button where you can access a page to invite others at a later stage should you wish to.
Step 4 — Updating prayer requests
PrayerMate Share works in a number of ways — it works firstly as a method of capturing prayer requests such as at a small group meeting, where one person can record everyone’s prayer requests as they are shared. These can then be updated throughout the week to enable the people in your group to be praying for the right things. Equally, anyone in the group can add a new request in the week which everyone will be alerted to depending on their notifications settings. Each group member should get added to the list automatically as they join, and you can also add people to the list who don’t use PrayerMate or for things which are not people at all.
Using PrayerMate Share in your small group
PrayerMate Share has been designed so that it can be easily updated during small group meetings. When you’re all together praying, one person can record everybody’s prayer requests on behalf of the group, or maybe you want to split into two sub-groups, so each sub-group has one person recording prayer requests for the people they’re praying with. Everybody is therefore able to update everybody else’s request to make sure nothing gets missed out!
We hope that helps explain PrayerMate Share. If you have any questions, then please feel free to get in touch, we would love to hear from you!
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