Looking for best practices for using social media by churches? Here are some policies, guidelines, and best practices used by some churches.
One of the major challenges in developing best practices for using social media is to know and understand landscape. It’s a landscape that is changing—and sometimes very quickly.
Another major challenge is to develop best practices that move the mission of the church responsibly forward. Be wise, be aware, be surprised.
Here is a selection of churches compiled by Justin Wise of Think Digital. Look over the polices, guidelines and best practices of these churches and think about how you can be proactive not only in curbing misuse of social media, but also how to strategically utilize these tools to move the mission of the church forward.
Social Media Policies for Churches
|St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church||Parish Policy for External Communications|
|Our Saviors Lutheran Church||Social Media Policy and Guidelines|
|Holy Trinity Catholic Church||Social Media Policy|
|Second Baptist Church||Social Media Guidelines|
|North Point Church||Social Media Guidelines|
|Lutheran Church of Hope||Digital Life Policy|
|Fellowship Church||Blogging Policy|
|LifeChurch.tv||Social Media Guidelines|
Social Media Policies for Denominations
|United Church of Christ – Connecticut Conference||Social Networking Policy|
|Presbyterian Church (USA) – General Assembly||Social Media Guidelines for the General Assmebly|
|The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut||Suggested Practices and Guidelines|
|Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas||Social Media Policy|
|United States Conference of Catholic Bishops||Social Media Guidelines|
|ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)||Social Media and Congregations|
Social Media Policy Tools & Resources
|ChurchSafety.com||Simple Guide to Safe Social Media Use, Social Media Safety Self-Assessment, Using Social Media Safely|
|Social Media Governance||Social Media Policy Database|
|Inc. Magazine||How to Write a Social Media Policy|
|Mashable||Should Your Company Have a Social Media Policy?|
|Church Tech Today||Does Your Church Have a Social Media Policy?|
|Policy Tool||Social Media Policy Generator|
|ChurchM.ag||12 Tips for Developing a Social Networking Policy for Your Church|
|Charlene Li in Open Leadership||Social Media Policies Directory|
|ROARapp||Social Media Handbook for Churches|
|Report by Adam J. Copeland||
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