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.
A few months ago, John MacAurther’s “go home” comments created a lot of discussions. Audio that would have normally occurred behind closed doors and remained behind closed doors — becomes public and spreads like wildfire.
This week on the podcast we discuss how technology now enables the capture and spread of behavior far more easily than in times past. What does that mean for us? And what about all the times we personally share our thoughts on something — only to find that we change our minds in the future?
I’ve held off on writing this series for several months, for two reasons. First, I’m in grad school, and I’m writing my thesis right now. It’s taking up all of my extra brain space, but today, I need a break. Second, I recently made a huge mistake on social media—which we’ll come back to in the second post—and I wanted there to be some space between my mistake and my (hopefully not hypocritical) attempts to offering insight and advice on this site. It’s been almost five months since then, so I think we’re ready to begin talking about why your church needs a social media policy.
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.
Have you used FaceApp?
It’s the wildly popular image app that can transform your face and “age” your image to see what you will look like in the far future.
Which brings up an interesting topic about data privacy and you!