Social networks are the way people connect. But how should Pastors use networks like Facebook and Twitter? Since the words of a leader carry more weight, they should be weighed more carefully –especially when offered publicly for all to read.
- Announce events and teaching themes
- Link to helpful resources
- Encourage others
- Let people know a little about yourself
- Share Scriptures or great quotes
- Ask for prayer
- Limit your time on networks
- Post anything that you would fear being read at Church
- Engage ongoing conversations with the opposite sex
- Fish for affirmations or support
- Post ambiguous or manipulative statements
- Vent about Church matters or members
- Become combative or defensive (take the bait and escalate)
- Embarrass your family with comments or photos
- Do you check your Facebook in the morning before checking in with God?
- Are you disappointed when people don’t respond to your posts?
- Do you waste too much time on Facebook?
- Do you use Facebook to avoid real life contact?
- Do you have intimate conversations with the opposite sex under the guise of counseling?
- Do you use Facebook to complain about life or people?
- Are you always truthful and loving in the things you post?
Seven Scriptures to apply:
- “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).
- “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
- “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (I corinthians 10:31).
- “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3).
- “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).
- “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)
- “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).
Two more helpful resources: