How to Set Up Your Church’s Facebook Page

February 3, 2016  •   LPi

churchFacebook is a great tool for churches to engage parishioners, create prayer chains, evangelize the lost, and encourage stewardship.

If your church is not already on Facebook, here are some steps to set up your account.

  1. Log in to your personal Facebook account. If you do not yet have an account, click here and follow the instructions labeled “How do I sign up for Facebook?”
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  2. Go to facebook.com/pages/create.
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  3. Click the Company, Organization or Institution button and select “Church/Religious Organization” from the category menu.
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  4. Enter your church name and click the Get Started button.
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  5. Under the About tab, enter a sentence or two that briefly tells people about your church. You are limited to 155 characters for this description.
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  6. Enter the Web address you would like for your Facebook page. We recommend matching this to your regular church Web address—i.e., if your website is www.stmichaelmilwaukee.com, enter “stmichaelmilwaukee” and click the Save Info button.
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  7. Click the Upload From Computer button to add a profile picture for your church. This can be an image of your church, your church’s logo, or a seasonal image of your choosing. Once you have selected a photo, click the Next button.
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  8. Click the Add to Favorites button to add a quick link to your church Facebook page to your favorites panel. Click the Next button.
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  9. Under the Preferred Page Audience tab, simply click the Save button. You can adjust this setting later.
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  10. Your page is now created. At the top of your page you will see icons under the headingComplete Page Info. Click through these icons at any time to Add a Cover Photo and Add Contact Info.
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Now that your page is created you can create posts, add images, and share content. In a future article, we will discuss some best practices for Facebook.