The Church Social: Social Media Best Practices for Churches

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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.

Read the entire article here.

Social Media Policies for Churches

Church
Policy
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

Denomination
Policy
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

Name
Resource
ChurchSafety.com Simple Guide to Safe Social Media UseSocial Media Safety Self-AssessmentUsing 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
When the Pastor’s Study Moves to Cyberspace:
An Examination of Ecclesial Social Media Policies
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