Do’s and Don’ts for Pastors Using Social Media

As an occasional user of Facebook and Twitter (hold the jokes, please!), I have seen the bright side and dark side of social media. They can be a great help (see my post, “Facebook Makes Better Pastors” here), but also present some dangers. So I was interested to see Steve Cornell’s post on A Time to Think offering some do’s and don’ts for pastors who use social media:

Seven Do’s

1. Announce events and teaching themes
2. Link to helpful resources
3. Encourage others
4. Let people know a little about yourself
5. Share Scriptures or great quotes
6. Ask for prayer
7. Limit your time on networks

Seven Don’ts

1. Post anything that you would fear being read at Church
2. Engage ongoing conversations with the opposite sex
3. Fish for affirmations or support
4. Post ambiguous or manipulative statements
5. Vent toward church matters or members
6. Embarrass your family with comments or photos
7. Become combative or defensive

Seven questions:

1. Do you check your Facebook status in the morning before checking in with God?
2. Are you disappointed when people don’t respond to your posts?
3. Do you waste too much time on Facebook?
4. Do you use Facebook to avoid real life contact?
5. Do you have intimate conversations with the opposite sex under the guise of counseling?
6. Do you use Facebook to complain about life or people?
7. Are you always truthful and loving in the things you post?

Seven Scriptures to apply:

1. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
2. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
3. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
4. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3).
5. “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:14-15).
6. “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut” (Proverbs 10:19, NLT). “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19)
7. “Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning” (Proverbs 9:8-9).

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