Facebook Groups allow people to be a part of an online community that shares a common interest. With this, churches can utilize this feature to actively engage and communicate with their congregation, while also widening their reach in the community.
Create a group, invite your members, and make sure that they turn on their notifications for the group so that they get notified instantly when a post has been shared. Here are seven ways on how you can use Facebook Groups for your church:
Need to say something relevant to your members? Do you have updates about the weekly services? Guidelines about coming back to the traditional way of assistance? Don’t just post on your main page, post it in the group, as well. Make a post with all the details for your announcement, and members will be notified about it. You could create posts for event promotions, welcoming new members, and more.
Space for Congregational Sharing
Having a Facebook group for your church also gives church members a way to share their thoughts, opinions, and experiences. This is especially significant today. It is also a way for us to learn from each other–share cooking recipes, fun activities with your family while staying at home, and more stories and tips for all.
Groups are great places to ask for prayer requests. If a member has something on their mind that they want to be prayed for, they could just post it in the group. This way, only a certain amount of people will see this perhaps personal prayer need, rather than the unlimited reach of your church’s page.
Sharing Scripture has never been easier. You could share your live sermons weekly, post scripture verses, and allow members to connect with your daily devotionals through your Facebook group. You could also share your reflection of the sermon in the group and discuss it with other members.
With Facebook Groups, coordinating with volunteers can be less time-consuming. You could create a group solely for volunteers, and all the announcements that involve them will be posted there. You could also use the Groups to recruit or look for new volunteers for your church, especially now when the workforce is needed.
Instead of contacting your members one by one, you could set up meetings via Facebook Groups. Post a link for your Zoom Meeting, Messenger Rooms, Skype, Google Meet, and more. Inform them of the date and time of your video calls or the venue of your meeting.
You can make many groups based on what you think is needed. Aside from the group where all the members of your church are invited, you could also create smaller groups for your prayer groups, bible studies, life groups, and more. This way, you’ll have a more-focused group for the different needs of your members.
There are many ways on how to utilize Facebook groups for your church. Be creative; don’t just let it become another place you publish things about your church. Be genuine, create connections, and build relationships. Engage with your congregation. It’s always important to have space where we can expand beyond the doors of our buildings.