What a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group are designed for
enables public figures, businesses, organizations and other entities to create an authentic and public presence on Facebook
visible to everyone on the internet by default can represent real people and real names officially after assessing authenticity
Basically, a Facebook Page is designed for an official profile*
place for small group communication and for people to share their common interests and express their opinion
allow people to come together around a common cause, issue or activity to organize, express objectives, discuss issues, post photos and share related content
you can decide whether to make it publicly available for anyone to join, require administrator approval for members to join or keep it private and by invitation only
must be a member of that group to interact among news feed
A Facebook Page is designed for communicating among people of common interests in an organized fashion*
Types of Facebook Groups
Facebooks Groups are created for community but are more exclusive that a Facebook Page. Here are the following types of Facebook groups that exist:
Public Facebook Groups are where everyone can see all content and members.
Closed Facebook Groups are where anyone can see the group and member names, but not the content from the group
Secret Facebook Groups are where you have to be invited to be added
Types of Facebook Pages
Facebooks Pages can be created for many different reasons. Here are the following types of Facebook pages that exist:
- Local Business or Place
- Company Organization or Institution
- Brand or Product
- Artist, Band or Public Figure
- Cause or Community
Just remember… YOU have to be the official representative of whatever category Facebook Page that you create on Facebook in order to be legal.
Let’s Evaluate and Conclude
What is the mission for your church in creating a Facebook profile? Is the focus community and online presence? Or is it to let people know about what is coming up and about the mission of your church?
Personally, I would definitely create a Facebook Page to get the online presence of your church going, for members to like the page and keep up with services, events, etc.
However, what is the harm in creating a Facebook Group as well for further community and even organization? You can even create multiple Facebook groups for small groups, committees, and much more for communication within serving groups of the church. You can create one large communication group for your church to discuss sermons together, post inspiration truths, talk about missions, discuss ways that the church needs help, contact members and visitors, etc.
Overall, creating a Facebook Page is a must but creating a Facebook Group(s), if needed, in addition to a Facebook Page would be even better for building offline and online community of your church.