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30 churches on Facebook (and four observations)

I’ve been doing some thinking on how to maximise my church’s presence on Facebook. I’ve been researching how other churches are using Facebook, and put together a list of some examples of churches using Facebook well (or at least frequently!)…

I've been doing some thinking on how to maximise my church's presence on Facebook. I've been researching how other churches are using Facebook, and put together a list of some examples of churches using Facebook well (or at least frequently!):

  1. Hillsong Church
  2. Mars Hill Church (Seattle)
  3. Willow Creek Community Church
  4. Petersham Evening Church
  5. Village Church (Texas)
  6. Village Church (Sydney)
  7. Dubbo Presbyterian Church
  8. NewSpring Church
  9. Northside Baptist Church
  10. Granger Community Church
  11. The Adundant Life Church
  12. Hunter Bible Church
  13. Park Community Church (by far the most innovative landing page)
  14. 24 Church
  15. Woodlands Church
  16. Saddleback Church
  17. College Park Church
  18. Pinelake Church
  19. Seacoast Church
  20. Hope Church
  21. Liquid Church (the best landing page for a church I've seen)
  22. Fellowship Church
  23. 12Stone Church
  24. Northway Church
  25. Substance Church
  26. Cottonwood Church
  27. Bayside Church
  28. C3 Church
  29. Sovereign Grace Baptist Church (Brisbane)
  30. Brooklake Church

Three observations

  1. Before you start a Facebook page for your church, check for duplicates. In my search for churches on Facebook, I saw several churches with more than one page. Obviously this is confusing for people searching for a church/your church. Equally obviously, this is quite easily fixed!
  2. Some churches didn't display any information about what they believe, or the mission of their church. For example, what on earth is Skull Church, and what does it believe?! You can always check out their website (listed in the ‘Info' tab), but it doesn't hurt to provide this information up front.
  3. Some mission statements are very short and simple (e.g. ‘Connect and Grow') others more interesting (e.g. ‘We're here so that you can waste time on Facebook. Oh, and also stay in the loop of all that's going on. ;). I liked this introduction for its potential to engage with newcomers who are unfamiliar with church – ‘We don't care how you dress or who you voted for. Join us for one of 3 services. No church experience required!'
  4. Facebook's search mechanism is confusing. I know there are churches on Facebook with ‘church' in their title, but when I searched for pages using the term ‘church', they didn't appear. There also doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for the order churches appear in the search results. Each time I attempted a search different results would appear in a different order!

If your church is on Facebook, let us know about it, and share the link below!

22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. CJ

    May 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Hey Steve,

    Thanks for the links. Really interesting to look through the different ways that churches are using their Facebook pages. I was wondering if you could provide some info on creating a ‘landing tab’ (like Liquid Church has).

    How do you actually go about creating such a customised tab on Facebook?

    Cheers,
    CJ

  2. Cam

    May 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    @cj Check out this, Static FBML tab: http://www.snipe.net/2009/06/fb-fanpages-fbml-box/

    Linking to a custom tab in Facebook is not always the best thing, your viewer may not like your custom layout and may want to see the familiar “Wall” or “Info” tab.

  3. Cam

    May 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    More easy tutorials on Static FBML tabs: http://www.hyperarts.com/blog/facebook-static-fbml-faq-tutorial/

  4. Jon Reid

    May 8, 2010 at 8:44 am

    My church (The Journey in San Jose, California) had two places for online interaction: A set of forums on the church site that no one really used, and an unofficial Facebook group with an obscure name. I pressed for the importance of setting up a Facebook page. It happened to coincide with our starting a new series on Acts, so we have been encouraging people to read a chapter a day and post their thoughts.

    I have set the landing page to our Boxes tab with some FBML.
    To encourage discussion, I have set the Wall to show everyone’s posts.
    My goal has been to get people posting on this page. So far, so good, in a short time!

    http://www.facebook.com/thejourneysj

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  6. John Alchin

    May 30, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I am the creator of the Facebook page for West Ryde Anglican Church and a separate page for our evening service ‘community’ The Living Room.

    Please check out http://www.facebook.com/westryde & http://www.facebook.com/livingroomcommunity and send me any feedback you may like to offer.

    Cheers,
    John

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  8. jason

    January 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm

  9. Watson_545

    June 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

  10. Mount Zion UMC

    December 15, 2011 at 2:26 am

    We’ve been on facebook for a while, trying to offer something a little eclectic as a church page.  http://www.facebook.com/MountZionUMC
    We are looking at developing a Google+ page that offers a different personae/ and not a mirror image of our facebook page.  An interesting challenge since both share administrators.

  11. Natalie Fertig

    June 20, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Our church is on facebok! we’re a new church in SE Portland… facebook.com/myhopecity

  12. Visionofharmony

    June 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

  13. Phil.Longfoot

    October 23, 2012 at 6:18 am

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Northfield-Church-Bootle-Merseyside/102972729753654?bookmark_t=page We are a church at the heart of the community in Merseyside, England. We try to post every day including verses and news

  14. AmandaR

    January 9, 2013 at 2:25 am

  15. Steven Kyle Adair

    January 31, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Glendale United Methodist Church – Nashville http://www.facebook.com/glendaleumc

  16. Craig

    February 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Bear Creek Community Church – Cresson, TX http://www.facebook.com/bearcreektx

  17. Jen

    February 19, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Amazed how many churches aren’t really using this – useful list, thanks!
    http://www.facebook.com/salisburycitychurch

  18. Facebook User

    March 8, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Fairview Baptist Church – Smiths Grove, KY – http://www.facebook.com/fairviewbc2588

  19. Kristen

    June 29, 2013 at 8:44 pm

  20. Mormon

    September 5, 2013 at 10:21 am

    The Mormon church…https://www.facebook.com/LDS

  21. Samantha Ho

    April 21, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Kingsway Church, Kingsford is at http://www.facebook.com/kingswaychurch.org.au!

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