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September 27, 2012

Snacks, Prayer Requests, and Confidentiality

The power of private Facebook groups for small groups


This fall I started leading a new small group. Through the discussion at our first meeting, I realized that all of the group members are very active on Facebook—and would actually prefer to be contacted through Facebook over phone calls or e-mails. To meet the need for ongoing communication that all small groups have, I resorted to something I learned while editing Social Media for Small-Group Ministry: Create a private group on Facebook and invite your group members.

It's only been a few weeks since we started, but already I'm finding that our Facebook group is helping us stay connected. I asked someone to bring snack and reminded group members about a Bible reading challenge our church is doing. Several of us have posted prayer requests—and it's safe to do this because private groups are only seen by those in the group. In other words, nothing posted on the group's page is seen by anyone else.

Our resource Social Media for Small-Group Ministry has lots of great ideas with practical how-to tips on using Facebook and Twitter to enhance your small group.

How do you use social media with your group members? What results have you seen? Share with us below.

posted by Amy Jackson on September 27, 2012 2:17 PM

Related Tags: Communication, Discussion question, Facebook, Social media


Social media has helped our group stay connected and up-to-date as well. It works a lot better than making a bunch of phone calls :-P.

We use a private facebook page and a pw protected blog to share prayer requests.

I'm glad to join.

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