We're trying something new at Evangel this year for small groups: Facebook groups. Here's how to make it work as a viable tool to connect, facilitate community, and plan events for your small group:
1. Fill in all the basic information in "edit group settings", including your contact information in the "description" box. Make sure that your small group knows it can always find your contact information there. Be sure to list Evangel's website there as well (evangelfsj.com). For an icon, we're trying to keep some symmetry and using this one
(though most guy groups want to use the raised fist for some reason :-).
2. Invite every person who attends your group, or who you'd like to attend your group. If people want to, they can easily leave the group, so be liberal on this one.
3. Every couple of days, post something into your small group's page. It could be anything from an inspirational thought you had, a provocative question leading up to the next small group, an interesting link you came across (like something from Evangel's blog
), or an opinion poll. This keeps the group active and interesting to be apart of.
4. Every other week, send a message to all the members of your group, telling them about latest meetings, a testimony from someone in the group, or events that are coming up in the group. A great way to get discussion going in your group is by posting pictures of group gatherings or events.
5. Every month or so, host a special event for your group. It could be related to what your group normally does, or a special event that's outside of the normal weekly routine. Host a dance, have a bbq/potluck, or invite a special guest to speak at your small group. Keep track of events that attract the most people, and hold more of them.