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April 7th, 2009

by Bobby Gruenewald

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Bring your friends on Facebook to church

Bring your friends on Facebook to Church Online this Easter…or even better, bring Church Online to your friends on Facebook.

Our team has been working with the folks at Facebook to add a new feature to our online church experiences this Easter.  I’ll do my best to explain the feature here, but the best way to understand it would be to come to one of the 14 Church Online Easter experiences starting this Saturday night.

One of the popular features of Facebook is the ability to make short status updates that allow your friends to see what you are doing.  You can also see the updates of all of your friends.  This Easter, Facebook has allowed us to integrate these status updates into our online church experience.  People will be able to post updates and also see the status updates from all of their friends while participating in Church Online.  These will also all be visible on Facebook and will provide an easy way for people in Facebook to join the live experience.  The last time I remember seeing this type of integration was with Facebook and CNN for the broadcast of the Presidential Inauguration where they saw 1 million updates to Facebook that morning.

I’m really proud of our team who is working hard to engage and intersect people “where they are at” online.  It’s going to be a great Easter week.  You’re invited and so are your friends on Facebook.

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  1. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    this is hot!

  2. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    [...] LifeChurch is rocking it and has teamed up with Facebook to provide another level of interaction and engagement. [...]

  3. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    God is using you all to do some amazing things with technology. Keep it up! be faithful.

  4. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Way to go! Nice.

  5. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Way to keep pressing towards the edges of what CAN be, crazy inspiration/motivation for the rest of the Church.

  6. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Sweet action! Can’t wait to try it out this weekend and will DEFINITELY be telling all my friends about this awesome feature! Keep pushing the bar higher!

  7. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Rock moving event awesome proud to be part of the movement of leading people to become fully devoted followers of Christ whoever finds God finds life

  8. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    4,000+ eggs. Easter Bunny. It’s going to be awesome!
    We have ShyForShy playing on Good Friday ( We have the EGGSTRAVAGANZA on Saturday and our Easter Celebration on Sunday morning 9&11am. Check out for details!

  9. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    cutting the edge…very nice!

  10. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    awesome..nice job …..


  11. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    what an opportunity!

  12. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    This is so exciting as I have so many following me on FB… :)

  13. Apr 7, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    What a cool opportunity to share all that you guys are doing at with people in our sphere of influence. And now you’ve just made it so much easier. Awesome job!

  14. 14Nathan D.
    Apr 7, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Loving this! Great job guys. Go Global.

  15. Apr 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm

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  16. Apr 7, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Totally exciting. Online team, GREAT JOB.

  17. Apr 7, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Congrats guys. Very cool. Amazing way to engage people in an environment with which they are comfortable and familar. Any word on Facebook allowing you to keep the feature long term?

  18. Apr 7, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    yeah, this is such a great opportunity, and we really do thank Facebook for working it out. I encourage you all to jump in, use it, and spread the word, as it will really open the door to these kinds of connections in the future. Very cool!

  19. 20David Helbig
    Apr 7, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    This is amazing guys!

  20. Apr 7, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    that is amazing - way to leverage technology to further the kingdom of God!

  21. Apr 7, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Tony, thanks for the tip. And yes, so very newsworthy. Way to innovate digerati!

  22. Apr 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    God be all the Glory. Keep letting God use you.

  23. Apr 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    The is very exciting and a great way to connect with friends online during Easter.

  24. 25Jess
    Apr 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    This is fantastic!!!

  25. Apr 7, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    This is absolutely the best news I’ve heard all afternoon! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

  26. Apr 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    [...] LifeChurch is making it possible to bring your Facebook friends to church [...]

  27. 28Daniel Singletary
    Apr 7, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Awesome news!

  28. Apr 8, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Hey Team - you guys are amazing!! The potential souls for the kingdom that you just helped us to engage with is mind boggling. You will never know this side of heaven just how big an impact your gifting is having. It is an honour to be doing ministry with you all ” One Church In Multiple Locations” Digirati take a bow!!

  29. Apr 9, 2009 at 11:29 am Church Online…

    Church Online has just told everyone about an awesome feature they are showing for the first time this Saturday for the Easter experiences. What they have is a Facebook connect (check out the picture below). They have now made it sooo easy to invite yo…

  30. Apr 9, 2009 at 11:48 am

    [...] this Easter. I don’t need to say anymore about it for you cause it has already been said here and here. But it is going to totally [...]

  31. Apr 9, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    This is great! Cool website. I have a new website using FB Connect too - love any feedback you all have.

  32. Apr 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    This is awesome! I can’t wait for Easter!

  33. 34Michelle Harris
    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is AWESOME!!! Can’t wait to see how it works. YOU GUYS ROCK MY SOCKS OFF!!! All for Jesus!

  34. Apr 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    [...] one of them. will offer Easter services at these various times. And check out the new Facebook feature that will be part of this service. Come, celebrate [...]

  35. Apr 9, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Looking forward to this online fellowship opportunity

  36. 37Jim Meldrim
    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I can’t wait to see how God is going to use this. Thank you so much for leading us this way. I cannot believe that I get to be a part of this!

  37. 38Perckins Idris
    Apr 9, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Its amazing to know that one can get the gospel accross to freinds through this arrangement.May the Lord continue to be your source of your inspirations. I am dazed.

  38. Apr 10, 2009 at 7:14 am

    [...] - Life and Facebook have partnered to make Easter weekend monumental for all your virtual facebook friends. Check out the details here.  [...]

  39. Apr 10, 2009 at 5:07 pm

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  40. Apr 11, 2009 at 5:07 am

    Greeting in the name of Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord. We all okay by the grace of God we hope you also will be okay by the Grace of God. Dear we want to invite you & your Team in Christ in Gojra/Pakistan for the Jesus Glory. We want to arrange a big gathering one 1000 To people 5 days Healing Crusade & 3 days Pastors Leadership Conference So in this way we give you invitation for the Crusade & Pastors leadership Conference in Gojra/Pakistan. Please give us time for the Jesus glory in Gojra/Pakistan in 2009 We hope and Trust on God that you must give us Time in 2009. We are continuing praying & Fasting for your coming in here in Gojra. We also want to affiliation & work with you in future in Gojra/Pakistan. We want your positive & quick reply as soon as possible for the Jesus Christ. God is good all the Time. God bless you and your Family + Church Your Brother Evanglist Asif Mubrak Catch The holy Fire Ministery Pakistan & Catch The Holy Fire Ministery Pakistan-Hour Healing Prayer Center Christan Colony Gojra Punjab Pakistan Telephone0092_301_7234129 email Email
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  41. 42Randy Phillips
    Apr 11, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Awesome job!

  42. 43KrOK
    Apr 12, 2009 at 10:18 am

    How can someone simply watch the service on-line, focusing on the Lord and the message without the distractions of blogging, twittering and whatever else? These things may be a service to some but are frankly a distraction to others. Also, what if we don’t want to sign up with Facebook? Are we no longer able to watch the services LIVE ONLINE? Its all very confusing!

  43. Apr 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    [...] April 14, 2009 · No Comments I was pretty impressed when Facbeook teamed up with CNN for the broadcast of the Presidential Inauguration. Looks like did something similar with Facebook for Easter. Pretty awesome. Check it out. [...]

  44. 46shilan Aram
    Apr 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

    it’s cool

  45. Apr 26, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Facebook wrote an article on this!