The ability to log into different social media user accounts at the same time is great, and not so great. Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms made it so to make our lives easier. This convenience comes with potential reputational risk for your church or organisation. Someone could end up publishing content meant for their personal account. So how do we avoid gaffes when posting on official online platforms?[Read more…] about How To Avoid Gaffes When Posting Online On Official Platforms
“How many social media posts should a church post if a church could post posts?” It sounded like a tongue twister in my head so I tried! I’m sorry. However I do love this sort of data. It can tell amazing stories. Sometimes it tells you nothing. Sometimes everything. For me, the information collecting side of data can be a little maddening but then when you look at the results and start looking for trends it becomes much more interesting.[Read more…] about Social Media: How Many Posts Should A Church Post?
As we look at church social media policy, I’d like to share a pertinent personal experience. I’ve been on staff at my church since 2006, and in that time, I’ve been fairly engaged in social media. No big deal, right? Then, 2016 happened, and everything changed. I don’t like President Trump. I think he’s crass, narcissistic, and erratic. Feel free to disagree with me—that’s the benefit to living in a free, democratic society—I can have opinions you don’t like, and it won’t affect you at all. But there have been times when I expressed my opinions about the president poorly, and I offended some of my friends.
Social media has become such a normal part of life that it is almost weird when you’re not on it. This applies to both churches and organizations as individuals. There’s an expectation that, even in limited terms, it is a way to contact and connect with you. The novelty has worn off, and more people and organizations are reconsidering use of social media. Reasons vary. From mental health to giving energy to more core activities. For these and other activities, people and organizations quit social media and delete their accounts. Before doing that there are things to consider before deleting social media accounts.
When someone disagrees with something you said online, what do you do?
This week on the podcast we talk about a specific instance when a pastor asked that his members cease their theological arguments online and wait to discuss it Sunday morning.
Should Christians argue with one another online? Where do you draw the line between discussion and argument? Should you argue on Facebook?
There’s a lot of political news out there, and while ChurchMag strives to stay about politics, sometimes we have to address it. Even so, I will endeavor to do so without partisan passions. For now, let’s forget our political persuasions and talk about Elizabeth Warren, US Senator and Democratic candidate for the presidency, and her relationship with Facebook.