“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?
Social media has been one of the greatest communication innovations of our age but with the optimization of communication and increased interconnectedness, we are also exposed to thoughts and opinions that might not only contradict our own but potentially attack and undermine them too.
The combination of anonymity and the lack of accountability can bring out the worst in people, giving some the courage to type out things they wouldn’t otherwise speak out loud. This can cause us to experience what the cool kids are calling “being triggered”.[Read more…] about Triggered: Navigating Social Media Offense As Christians
The internet is full of clickbait headlines. Popular news organizations like Fox News and CNN both are buying into them and furthering the fuel of fake news. Babylon Bee, a well-known former Christian satire site, is crossing the line with clickbait over and over. But regularly you see clickbait online and it is making news articles harder and harder to trust.
So how do we know what is true? The video below shows how to better spot clickbait headlines and I even give one personal example of this afterward.
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.
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.