I’ve received many questions from congregational leaders this summer about choosing administrators for Facebook Pages. Below are some tips to help your congregation make decisions about Page administration. Please keep in mind that this advice assumes that your congregation has already agreed to establish a page and that all potential administrators of that page have been authorized by the congregation to serve in that capacity.
- The person who creates the Page will automatically become a page administrator.
- The Page administrator can then select other people to serve as administrators. Once someone is an administrator, he or she can also add new administrators.
- There should always be more than one person serving as an administrator for your congregation’s Facebook page. My recommendation is to have at least three trustworthy people in the congregation serving as page administrators, even if all three are not actively involved in day-to-day management of the page.
- A person who administers a page can only post to the wall using the page name. For example, if Sally Smith is the administrator for the Page of the First Parish Happyville, all of the announcements that she posts to the wall will appear as coming from “First Parish Happyville” and not from “Sally Smith.” This restriction can be limiting for ministers or others who want to post as themselves. For example, a minister might want to write, “I’ll be at the potluck on Friday! Hope to see many of you there.” It’s awkward and confusing to write that as “First Parish Happyville.”
- Announcements posted to the Page wall by administrators appear in the News Feeds of people who like the page.
The tips above are based on the questions most frequently asked by congregations. To explore a wider range of technical issues related to page administration, visit Facebook’s help excellent section on “Creating, administering and editing your Page.”