Nov 132012
 

What are the Facebook pages for churches and ministries with the most likes, aka fans? As we’ve entered the post-billion era of Facebook (the social network that surpassed 1 billion monthly active users on October 4th, 2012),  it’s time to update my previously manually-compiled list of top churches on Facebook back in February 2011. Recently found a handy web service called SocialBakers.com that makes it much easier to find the most liked Facebook pages by category, including one for Church / Religious Organization.

This is the current list (at the time of this posting) of the top 20 churches and ministries on Facebook –

Church / Ministry Facebook Page URL Likes (fans)
Joel Osteen Ministries  http://www.facebook.com/JoelOsteen  2.5m
T.D. Jakes Ministries  http://www.facebook.com/tdjministries  1.2m
TB Joshua Ministries  http://www.facebook.com/pages/TB-Joshua-Ministries/103470916440360  478k
Online Church (of Community Bible Church)  http://www.facebook.com/CBConline  237k
International House of Prayer  http://www.facebook.com/ihopkc  166k
Hillsong Church  http://www.facebook.com/hillsongchurch  137k
John Hagee Ministries  http://www.facebook.com/JohnHageeMinistries  129k
Hillsong Church London  http://www.facebook.com/hillsongchurchlondon  128k
 LifeChurch.TV  http://www.facebook.com/lifechurchtv  104k
 Kenneth Copeland Ministries http://www.facebook.com/CopelandNetwork  86k
 Bethel Church, Redding http://www.facebook.com/bethel.church.redding  81k
 Grace to You (John MacArthur)  http://www.facebook.com/GracetoYou  68k
Mars Hill Church (Seattle)  http://www.facebook.com/marshillchurch  46k
 Saddleback Church  http://www.facebook.com/saddlebackchurch  25k
NewSpring Church http://www.facebook.com/newspring  24k
Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale http://www.facebook.com/CalvaryFTL  21k
Crossroads http://www.facebook.com/crdschurch  18k
Church of the Highlands http://www.facebook.com/highlands  17k
New Creation Church, Singapore http://www.facebook.com/nccsg  16k
Christ’s Commission Fellowship http://www.facebook.com/CCFmain  16k

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And there are very popular Facebook pages about Christianity and Jesus (with million+ more likes than organized churches and ministries), like Jesus Daily (14.3m likes), Digital Bible (8.5m likes), GodVine (3.0m likes), and ChristiaNet (1.5m likes).

And there are some well-liked denominations and networks of churches on Facebook pages too:

Time to make this participatory, too. What observations do you notice about these Facebook pages? What kind of content and how often are they posting? What are the principles you can infer from how they’re encouraging social engagement (cf. “talking about this”) so people will like, comment, and/or share a page update?

the divergent churches

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Jan 162004
 

lots of books recently published about the church: the emerging church, the connecting church, the contagious church, the emotionally healthy church, the equipping church, the ripple church, the liquid church, the eternal church, the very large church, the market-driven church, the cell church, the church of irresistible influence, church for the unchurched, rediscovering church, faking church, Escaping from Church, Inc., leading the team-based church, the dishonest church, the naked church (real title), and the best-selling Purpose Driven Church [I won't even bother linking to amazon.com for the 5% referral], and then all the still growing buzz about the emergent church..

with some 3,000 denominations and sects in the US alone, and over 30,000 denominations and sects in the world, what’s a couple more, number 3,001 and 3,002?

my sense of things is the church on the whole are diverging, that people are moving towards several gravitational pulls: yes, many seem to be clamoring for emergent churches (but reality is, they aren’t magically mushrooming, and probably even harder to get off the ground — see previous entry), so that’s one of them that’s on the innovative margins, but there’s also magnet pulls towards these (you can Google for the supporting data): fundamentalist churches, reformed churches, Orthodox churches, megachurches, and deinstitutionalized house churches.. quick possible explanation: people are picking their favorite-century church, be it 1st century, patristic period, 10th century, 16th century, 19th century, or 20th century..

not to mention the de-churched, one estimate upwards of 55% of born agains are de-churched.. plus, I hear of burned out Christians nowadays, don’t recall reading any burn out phenomena in older Christian books; what is it that churches are doing to its people?