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Blogging, Facebooking, Twittering. Where did these words come from anyway? I’m not sure, but I am convinced that each of these is a tool that we should consider adding to our ministry toolbox.
I’ll share with you on another day about why I think so, but for now, let’s look at how to set up a group in Facebook as a way of facilitating a Bible study. (See my recent WM Tips Weekly article on using the internet as a venue for Bible study on the go this summer).
- Begin by creating or logging into your Facebook account. If you don’t have one already, you can set yours up in just minutes.
- Send a “friend request” to anyone who wants to participate in the study (if they are not already listed among your Facebook friends).
- Click the Groups icon in the lower left toolbar.
- Click “Create a New Group.”
- Complete the form by entering basic information like a name for your group, etc. You can include your address if you wish but it’s not necessary. I usually enter only my city and state. When you’re finished, click “Create Group.”
- The next screen will allow you to post a picture if you wish. You can also set up the way you want the group to work by enabling or disabling certain features. My preference is to leave the settings enabled. And then last, you can choose whether you want an open, closed or secret group. Each of these options is fully explained on the site. Consider whether or not you want people outside of your group to see your posts. If you are using the group for a Bible study, you may want to consider a secret group in order to allow members to talk freely.
- Then comes the fun part. Invite others to join your group. You will see a page listing all of your Facebook friends. Select members by clicking on their picture. Once you’ve selected everyone, click Send invitations at the bottom of the page.
- Once your group is set up, click the Groups icon again, and you will see your group listed there. Click on the group of your choice. From this screen, you will be able to send a message to all of the members, add new members and begin a discussion on your very own discussion board. So amazing.
What are your plans for Bible study this summer?
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