After a discussion question was posted in a PATHWAYS course, I felt it worth an effort to post some useful tips for ministers and church leaders to consider with respect to social media. My professional background is heavy technology as a software engineer and I have been instrumental in helping to bring government, public and private organizations into the realm of social media and cloud technologies.
I did a brief look at several material posted online to “help” and persuade people to start doing social media for their respective churches. Most of these gave ideas for invoking types of social media in church communications and reasons why you should “be on social media” as a church. I found this to be dangerous notion without a serous and vetted plan as well as an understanding of what social media can do and what one should plan when invoking social media and cloud technologies. I will modify this posting as I read more.
First I am reposting the post that sparked this particular posting/subject.
Below is a listing of on-line resources for social media use.
- Guidelines for Clergy Use of Online Social Networking (The Orthodox Church in America) http://oca.org/holy-synod/statements/holy-synod/guidelines-for-clergy-use-of-online-social-networking
- Guidance on use of social media for clergy (The Anglican Diocese of Hereford) http://www.hereford.anglican.org/churchgoers/communications_for_parishes/guidance_on_use_of_social_media_for_clergy.aspx
- Covenant Clergy and Social Media http://www.covchurch.org/resources/files/2012/02/Covenant-Clergy-and-Social-Media-Final.pdf
- Guidelines for the Responsible Use of Social Media for Virginia Conference Clergy and Religious Professionals (United Methodist) http://www.vaumc.org/ncfilerepository/MinServices/SocialMediaGuidelines.pdf