Social networking is more than a communications tool. It is a way for people, particularly young people, to hang out together, an extension of their social lives and places of self-expression. It is an alternative form of community. As such, it poses some of the same risks that a physical community may present.
Those in leadership roles who use social media tools as a means of enhancing communication, sharing faith, and deepening relationships need to be cognizant of the power of this medium and the accompanying risks. It is important to continue to employ the rules regarding relationships, boundaries, and ministry practices to ensure a safe environment is created for all. The guidelines under Downloads, below, are provided to assist church leaders when they use this growing community.
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