Bible Study and Facebook:
How to Set up a Group

Posted May 20th, 2009 @ 9:09 AM by Karen TruePrint

Filed Under Bible Studies

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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4 Responses to “Bible Study and Facebook:
How to Set up a Group”

  1. Ginny Neal for Maxine Harper on June 12th, 2009 1:38 AM

    Hi Jennifer,

    I want to tell you how much I enjoy the programs where you have been with James and Betty. What a testimony to the Lord’s power within you to overcome.
    I know you get book plugs all the time but my friend, Maxine, has one of those amazing stories that also testifies to what God can do in the most hopeless looking circumstances. Maxine was born with severe CP, she can do very little for herself as far as dressing, feeding herself and has some speech problems, but she is a dreamer and doer in the first degree. Her book is just out and available on her website. It is a book that will inspire others who have huge odds against them (worldly speaking) and the parents of children who have been given hopeless prognosis.
    Her book just came out last week and I read one of the first copies in one sitting. I laughed and cried and had every emotion between. She is Dr. Maxine Harper and is Director of a Research Center at Ole Miss and an adjunct professor of Special Education classes. If I sent you a copy of the book do you think you might have time to read it? I think her story just as yours could help so many. We are trying to get the word out.

    God bless, your sister in Christ,
    Ginny Neal

  2. Nan on August 20th, 2009 10:23 AM

    Thanks for this article. I have been praying how I could use the internet to reach our younger women. So many of them have no time except after they have their children in bed and many have no one to leave them with. I am really going to pray about using this method. Thanks again.

  3. Judi Z on September 17th, 2009 9:44 PM

    This is an awesome way to keep the communication flowing. Great idea for business gals too. Sometimes during the day they can use a little “rejuvenation” and inspiration. Excellent idea I plan to implement into my fall bible study that needs a shot of energy to get it going this year. We need to come together now more than ever, yet I sense some resistance.

  4. Julie Strait on July 10th, 2011 2:49 AM

    I would like to set this up for the ladies at our church. Are there certain bible studies geared for a facebook group?

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