Are you using Facebook groups for women’s ministry?
Facebook groups can be a great tool to use to connect with your women online.
While not all of your women may utilize Facebook, a large number of them are already gathering in groups online.
Why not go where your women are already gathering?
Many women’s ministry teams have found closed Facebook groups to be an effective way to communicate with and support the women in their church.
Unlike Facebook pages that primarily talk to your women, Facebook groups allow you to talk with your women.
Facebook groups are interactive.
When you first set up your Facebook group, you’ll need to decide what type of group you want to use.
Facebook groups can be:
- Private (aka Closed) – Anyone can see the group and who’s in it. Only members see posts.
- Public (ask Open) – Anyone can see the group, who’s in it, and what members post.
I recommend you set up a private Facebook group. Not only will that give your group some privacy, but it will prevent unwanted comments from Facebook trolls (people who post ugly comments).
Groups can have 1 or multiple admins and moderators (people with behind the scenes who have control).
Here’s a chart that explains the difference between a moderator and an admin. You need both.
In addition to everything that group members can do, group moderators can:
- Approve or deny membership requests
- Approve or deny posts in the group
- Remove posts and comments on posts
- Remove and block people from the group
- Pin or unpin a post
I encourage you to set up group rules for your Facebook Group.
Some things to consider:
- What is the goal of your group? Put it in writing for all group members to see. Publicity? Connecting? Sharing? Recipe swapping? Selling items? All of the above?
- What is/isn’t acceptable to post? Jokes? Events at other churches? Home parities? Baby shower invites? You can set up your guidelines both in a document and pin them to the top of your group newsfeed.
- How will you deal with over-zealous group members who post frequently?
- What type of group will it be closed or public? Take into account your purpose and the privacy of your women.
- Who will serve as admins for your group?
- Who will serve as moderators for your group?
- Who will be responsible for stepping in if there is a problem?
- How will problems be handled?
Type out the rules for group members so everyone knows what is expected and allowed.
Please handle issues that come up off-line, if at all possible.
Call the person and let them know your concerns. Please do not email them – they can’t read your concerned tone.
Reprimanding anyone publicly could do a great deal of damage. Learn from my mistakes. Extend grace, love, and forgiveness whenever possible.
What could you share in your Facebook group?
- Bible verse graphics
- Inspirational quotes (consider this before posting quotes please)
- Event publicity
- Request feedback (using the polling feature)
- Short devotionals
- Links to Biblically sound resources
- Photos of past events or teasers for an upcoming event
- Icebreaker questions
- Blog posts
- Worship Videos
- Spotify Song Lists
- Prayer prompts
- Ministry updates
Embrace the opportunity to point women to Christ not just when you meet together in person, but also when you gather together online.
Your turn to share: Does your ministry have a Facebook Group? How is it working for you?
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